Enter the Filling Station 24 -hr Bar Café and be transported back to
the golden era of the fifties. These are real gas pumps, much like the ones
used by our parents and grandparents when Shell and Esso and Mobil gas were
the brands that were much patronized.
Carlos Barretto, Filling Station's Manager, and beside him is Cristina del
Gallego Vice President for Operations of Filling Station. Carlos has a
Master's Degree in Business Administration while Cristina graduated with a
degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Enderun Colleges.
Together, they run this place.
Filling Station is located in the Makati district, and the owners chose
this because it is a prime location for a hip place like their bar
café which runs 24/7. Their target market, according to Cristina, is
just about everyone.
The ex-Navy founder sourced all these novelty items and memorabilia in the
U.S. and painstakingly shipped them all here to fill up virtually every
nook and cranny, ever available space in this bar café.
When the diner opened in 1992, they only had this small area which is now
their smoking area.
For now, feast your eyes on all these novelties and memorabilia that your
old folks can only dream of with much fondness. The ceiling is plastered
with vinyl records, and just below, check out old car plates from the US
and the Philippines. Bikes are also suspended from the ceiling, and Marilyn
Monroe still reigns supreme here. They have a red and white motif for their
tables and chairs that goes well with their checkered flooring.