Cou­ple’s Viet­namese restau­rant built through char­ity

Cebu Daily News - - CAFÉ - Watda Pho own­ers Fe­bre Lee Gon­zaga and Marvin Martinez [KO­RINNA LUCERO]

THESE days, it is typ­i­cal for cou­ples to ven­ture into busi­nesses to­gether, with prof­itabil­ity on the top of their minds. But for cou­ple Fe­bre Lee Gon­zaga and Marvin Martinez, their Viet­namese resto was built with a clear vi­sion of reach­ing out to those who are in need.

The cou­ple was in­spired when they passed by a “caren­de­ria” while they were on their way home from a feed­ing pro­gram.

“Kids were ask­ing for food, and in­stead of shoo­ing them away, the store­keeper let the kids sit down and have a meal,” said Gon­zaga.

“I wish there was a way that we could give out more, but it’s not like we have a lot of money,” Gon­zaga added. Thus, the cou­ple es­tab­lished the Viet­namese restau­rant named as Watda Pho.

PhoisaViet­name­senoo­dle soup pri­mar­ily made with beef or chicken. It is also a pop­u­lar street food in Viet­nam, and a com­mon break­fast meal for lo­cals.

For the cou­ple, char­ity work does not end in hav­ing feed­ing pro­grams. If ev­ery­thing turns out well, they plan to grant schol­ar­ships for tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional pro­grams. They also sell Watda Pho shirts, in which all pro­ceeds will go to their char­ity work. Mean­while, 10 per­cent of the restau­rant’s profit goes to char­ity as well.

When asked what sets Watda Pho apart from all the restau­rants here in Cebu, the cou­plepromis­es­din­ers­good food and good ser­vice.

The cou­ple payed at­ten­tion down to the restau­rant’s small­est de­tails. Elec­tri­cal sock­ets are avail­able in cer­tain cor­ners, not to men­tion their fast in­ter­net con­nec- tion. In ad­di­tion, their food choices range from P 100200, good for two per­sons. The cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture also adds to the restau­rant’s Viet­namese am­bi­ence.

Their au­then­tic Viet­namese dishes are “easy to learn, easy to pre­pare,” al­though the cou­ple guar­an­tees that their dishes are at its best when eaten the “right way.” The cou­ple also ad­vised that their dishes are best eaten when it is still warm, or else it will turn bland.

Among the dishes that made it into their menu are pho, egg and spring rolls (which taste best with peanut sauce), and ba­nana-peanut shake. Watda Pho also serves Viet­namese iced cof­fee.

Watda Pho is lo­cated at Boni­fa­cio Dis­trict, F. Cabahug St., Cebu City. You may visit their web­site wat­daphoph.com, and fol­low their Face­book page @wat­dapho­cebu.

[CDN PHOTO | KO­RINNA LUCERO]

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