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Bar­ring the oc­cur­rence of hol­i­days, long week­ends, and the re­lease of your fa­vorite se­ries’ lat­est episode, it’s usu­ally hard to find a rea­son to be happy about Mon­days. The day marks the be­gin­ning of an­other work and school week, as well as the end of our rest and re­lax­ation from the week­end—a re­minder to come back to re­al­ity and at­tend to re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Lucky for us, a café that just opened in Kapi­tolyo is ded­i­cated to all the rea­sons why we should give lov­ing Mon­days a chance.

Love Mon­day Café is the brain­child of Daene Luna. Luna used to be just an­other mem­ber of the work­force that dreaded Mon­days. To reignite her pas­sion for life af­ter a cou­ple of years of work­ing in the cor­po­rate world, she made a pact with her­self in 2015 to find all the rea­sons to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally get up on Mon­days. Her per­sonal res­o­lu­tion evolved into a move­ment on In­sta­gram, the #LoveMon­days, which in turn led to her café to­day.

When she was still work­ing in cor­po­rate, Luna had trav­eled a lot, stay­ing in coun­tries like Viet­nam, Seoul, and Mel­bourne. She dis­cov­ered the vi­brant brunch scenes in Mel­bourne and Sin­ga­pore, and found some­thing com­fort­ing about the am­biva­lent mid­day meal. That’s how Love Mon­day be­came a brunch place that serves the types of cuisines that had com­forted and in­spired her Mon­days abroad.

The café has Filipino fa­vorites, such as the gar­lic long­gan­isa made by a cou­ple from Tugue­garao, and it is used in the patty for the Break­fast Burger. Chal­lenged by two of her friends who did not like Spam, Luna also came up with Spamghetti, a pasta dish with tomato-based sauce topped with the canned lun­cheon meat.

Luna was also in­spired by the om­bré drinks that are big in Thai­land, an­other coun­try she had stayed in. The om­bré milk tea served in Love Mon­day is made of or­ganic teas, with the col­ors com­ing from the nat­u­ral dye of the loose tea leaves. The Vanilla Blue Chai, for ex­am­ple, is made with Blue Pea Flower, found only in South­east Asia, while the pink Straw­berry Hibis­cus is pretty self­ex­plana­tory. These drinks have no caf­feine be­cause they are steeped from or­ganic tea leaves, and their sweet­ness level can be con­trolled ac­cord­ing to your pref­er­ence.

Mak­ing the café more com­fort­able is Luna’s love for hor­ti­cul­ture, trans­lated into an out­door mu­ral. Made by two artists from Batan­gas, it fea­tures leaves in dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes, and col­ors. Inside the café, pot­ted plants and cute lit­tle suc­cu­lents dec­o­rate cor­ners, ta­bles, and shelves, pro­vid­ing a homey am­biance over­all.

Love Mon­day’s cool, clean in­te­ri­ors are made homey by in­door plants; Waf­fle pops with cook­ies & cream (up­per left) and choco­late and straw­berry (lower right) top­pings

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