There is a place in the southern part of Metro Manila where people wake up every morning with

the heavenly scent seemingly coming from the greater sky where the divine dwells. Truth be told, this

godly aroma is a by-product of an earthly creation, and it comes not from above but from a humble

bakery downtown.

The name is Manna Bakery Café, a perfect label for a place that offers food that is so good, it

feels like getting a taste of heaven. Offering various sorts of breads, pastries, and comfort food, Manna

delivers quality and freshly made products daily at affordable prices. It welcomes the early hours of the

morning with dedicated bakers all set to handcraft breads.

Manna started when one of its bakers failed in his English test and lost an employment

opportunity in Australia. Instead of sulking for his misfortune, he took it as an opportunity to build his life

anew. This baker was so good at what he does that he and his partners were able to build a clientele in BF

Homes, Parañaque, considered as the “biggest subdivision in Asia.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

The bakery is now owned by 1Sycamore Food Ventures, and it envisions to serve the surrounding

community with their “daily breads.” For the people behind Manna, being in a community is like

“knowing each customer who enters the place and being part of their life.”

One of their biggest inspirations is their customers who deserve nothing but a “blessing of

freshness.” Apart from them, Manna also aspires to provide “good-hearted, hardworking, and talented

Filipinos with a stable job.” For this modest shop, they bake and cook “for a better Philippines.”

Manna’s team in the commissary and kitchen is composed of several multi-awarded chefs who

are working together and mentoring up-and-coming chefs who are also committed to excel in their chosen

field of expertise.

The diverse approaches in baking and cooking at Manna can be seen in their bestsellers. For

breads, their raisin cinnamon bread, walnut bread, pesto cheese pandesal, and asado rolls are the heavy

favorites. Customers also rave about the ensaymada, the cinnamon rolls, and the variations of muffins,

which include banana, blueberry, cheese, chocolate, strawberry, cheese and herb, and carrot.

Aside from these baked goodies, Manna also offers mouth-watering dishes such as cream

chowder soup, chicken and beef pot pies, and baked macaroni among others. Best of all, their products

are without additives or preservatives.

These delectable foods are not the only thing that people are enthusiastic about. What sets Manna

apart from other bakeries and cafés is quality customer service.

One time, a lady customer came in talking about her son who was in the newspaper that day. She

was a bit frustrated because she could not bring herself to get a copy. One of Manna’s staff immediately

went out and returned with the newspaper. The lady customer was so surprised and even told that it was

the best gesture she had ever seen.

One thing is true for those working in Manna: “The mere pleasure derived from giving pleasure

to others when you can is something one cannot buy.”

After only a year of opening its doors to the public, Manna is now ready to serve more Filipinos

with their heavenly products. They will open a new store at SM City BF in Sucat, Parañaque, on

November 29.

People looking for good food and good service need not search in famous business districts

across the metro. Manna is more than happy to welcome anyone to its place located at #289 Aguirre

Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. They can also be reached through these numbers: (02) 358.5271 or 0917.829.8372.

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