A lot of people think that helping is such an effortless endeavor, especially when it comes to our brothers and sisters belonging to various indigenous people’s (IP) groups. We also believe that by doing so, we are required to invest, not just our time, but a highly significant amount of money since the IP communities are, most often than not, located in far-flung rural areas. But for the people behind Advocafe, it is not a problem.

Advocafe is a social enterprise owned and managed by a Non Government Organization called ILAWAN, headed by the 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, Mr. Benjamin Abadiano.

It is non-profit as the 100 percent of its net profit goes directly to its various service programs. These programs include education for the indigenous children and youth, and support for the livelihoods of the indigenous farmers. Beyond these social programs, the proceeds of the Advocafe are also used for various environmental campaigns, which aim to help various communities adapt to the climate change.

Most, if not all, of its products are made and produced by the Katutubos from different parts of the country. A wide range of selection of coffees, teas, juices and pastries are available at the shop.Aside from these, they also serve all-day breakfast meals and pastas for less than Php 100. Their breakfast meal is a healthy variation of our all-time Filipino favorite breakfast because instead of fried rice, they serve red rice.  So even being a social enterprise, people who (and will!) patronize its products will not feel that they are robbed since the taste and quality of their products are definitely more than their money’s worth.

The people who will take your orders and cook your food are also members of IP groups, such as the Mangyans from the Island Province of Mindoro.

By purchasing any of the products of the cafe, you automatically become one of their partners. So basically, it’s like having two birds in one stone. You have your meal, and at the same time, you are able to help Filipino indigenous people.

cakes and pastries available at the Cafe
the interior of the cafe
some of the teas available at the cafe

Advocafe is located at the ground floor of RM Annex Building, along Quintos St cor. M.H. Del Pilar, near Diamond Hotel in Malate, Manila.

To know more about Advocafe, their products, and programs, pls go to their Official Website.