By: Diana Padilla

It is an additional burden for the students of the Engineering Complex to consume a satisfying lunch. A hike to the canteens of the National Science Complex or a long walk to the green carts and stalls at the ASCAL Walk is necessary. Instead of having full meals, students resort to the unhealthy choice of snacking during classes just to appease their hunger.

Now, there is another option: one that does not have to take a loan on future body energy and does not recourse in our habit of snacking.

The UP Institute of Civil Engineering Canteen now serves fulfilling meals every Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM – 4 PM.

The lunch sets are served by King’s Crispy Liempo, Erlinda’s Food Services (Gloria’s), and Ate Marge’s Food Truck. The food varieties include rice and familiar dishes like adobo, chicken and fish fillet, sisig, and others. There are also choices of pasta and sandwiches for those unaccustomed with or for who does not prefer rice. The prices of these meals range from Php 30 – Php 90.

Drinks are not a problem, too. The stalls have jugs where customers can get water using the given plastic cups or their personal containers. They also sell bottled drinks such as juices and flavored teas, cold from their stocked coolers.

The spacious place and its red tables and chairs are a comfortable space to eat and lounge at. The tables can be moved and rearranged to accommodate you and your barkada. There are also sockets to charge laptops at, just in case you have to cram THAT paper or machine problem. Wifi connection also reaches parts of the ICE canteen. (Hint: Sit at the chairs and tables closer to the ICE main building!)

Although it is a good addition to the Engineering Complex, it has received mixed reviews from some of its customers. Here are testaments and reviews of some Alchemists who have dined in the ICE canteen:

“Once or twice pa lang ako kumakain dun. Lagi ko lang nadadaanan kasi may class ako from ChE to ICE. Yung food [medyo] same sa nasa CASAA. Very convenient yung canteen [especially] for students and faculty around [the Engineering Complex]” –Naomi Salagubang

“[Sa ICE Canteen] kami kumakain ng friends ko ‘pag feel namin na sobrang drained na kami from classes, stress-eating kumbaga. Dun kami kakain ‘pag di kami nagtitipid at kakabigay lang ng allowance kasi medyo mahal. Doon din kami nagccram ng schoolworks or ng review haha!” –Via Reyna

“[Medyo] mahal food price [sa ICE Canteen] and di rin gano’n kasarap. More options siguro since malaki naman place. Almost always na may mauupuan ka.” –Lance Loza

“Aside from lunch break, dun din kami nagpapalipas ng oras kapag walang class or nag-aaral since [medyo] malayo ang Engglib 2 sa DChE. Kahit [medyo] mainit, nakikipag-unahan pa rin kami sa pagkuha ng seats during lunch break kasi walang other choice lalo na’t around [Engineering Complex] lang yung classes namin.” –Shaina Sapio

“Magandang place ang ICE canteen for tambayan; may chairs at tables, may food, may saksakan, may cr, at, sa ibang parts, may WiFi. Nakakalungkot lang kasi nasa estudyante ang pag aayos dun at kung makikita nyo, unti-unting nasisira mga saksakan. Hopefully, kahit konting pag-aayos magawa natin.” –Yam Magbalon

There you have it! After savoring your meal, do not forget to tidy up. In this canteen, customers are expected to throw away the paper plate, disposable utensils, and food remnants to proper trash bins and return the base plate to the stalls. Remember, clean as you go! Let’s be respectful to the next customers and to the ICE canteen: an oasis of the Engineering Complex!