Mixing café and art at Ketkai

LIFESTYLE
By Mark Francisco
July 6, 2019

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SIP an indigenous kind of drink (butterfly pea lemonade), sit down and be assisted with artists for an impromptu artwork session and voila! That’s what you get at Dire Husi Sip and Art Café.

Conveniently located at 2/L East Concourse of Limketkai Mall here in Cagayan de Oro City, Dire Husi Sip and Art Café is the latest innovation in the burgeoning café trend in this city by the bay – mixing café and art!

It’s not in every dining joint after all that you get to exercise your hidden artistic talents while relaxing and sipping your fave nutritious drink! It only happens here in Dire Husi Sip and Art Café.

When artist Rhyan Casiño (Dire Husi) and entrepreneur Prince Nestle John Ubalde (Leonora’s Saving Garden) pitched the idea to Limketkai Mall, the mall management immediately liked the innovative concept and approved it.

Thus, Dire Husi Sip and Art Café was opened last July 5 at the space formerly occupied by budding child visual artists who just underwent a month of training in the Limketkai Mall Summer Art Workshop which was also undertaken by Dire Husi.

Dire Husi means “here friend” in Cebuano and Manobo, respectively. It is a group of God-centered visual and music artists here in Northern Mindanao and one of their thrusts is to maximize the God-given artistic potentials of each one of us.

Somehow, Dire Husi Sip and Art Café is the realization of that thrust.

Enter in Ubalde of Leonora’s Saving Garden.

Ubalde loves to tinker with indigenous herbs to cure everyday common ailments such as colds and coughs for his mom Leonora and the rest of her family.

He discovered online the potential of the butterfly pea (clitoria ternatea) and brewed it like tea. To let it transform into lemonade, just put in a few ice cubes and voila! you got butterfly pea lemonade.

This has been Ubalde’s business – Leonora’s Saving Garden – for the past five months, saving his family’s pockets from expensive over the counter cough remedies to his indigenous concoction.

At Dire Husi Sip and Art Café, Ubalde saw that coupling talents nurturing with health nourishment is a sound idea for mall shoppers.

If the advocacy of Dire Husi is to maximize the artist in us, then Ubalde’s advocacy is also to nurture our physical well-being.

Here at Dire Husi Sip and Art Café, you’ll get a free 8”x10” canvas, have an impromptu art session in acrylic, sip your glass of butterfly pea lemonade and bring home your finished artwork all at a worthy price of P250. Of course, you can order your lemonade ala carte at a lesser amount.

For bulk orders of the butterfly pea tea, call Leonora’s Saving Garden at 09567589298.


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