‘Food truck’ in LA is popular for its Pinoy dishes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A mobile food joint offering Filipino food has caught the fancy of casual diners and food critics.

Since food bloggers Marvin Gapultos and Nastassia Johnson started the business seven months ago, the Manila Machine never fails to draw crowds whenever it goes around the city.

The huge orange Manila Machine truck has become the first food truck specializing in Filipino food in LA attracting not only Filipinos, but American diners as well with its wide selection of Filipino food including sisig, silogs, pork belly and pineapple adobo, carabao wings, beef tapa, turon, and ube cupcakes, among others.

The Manila Machine has also earned a spot in the 2010 Top Newcomers in Los Angeles, from bloggers, food writers, and critics from all over LA.

Renowned food critic Jonathan Gold even endorsed The Manila Machine to some big food events in the US while fashion designers Monique Lhuillier and Oliver Tolentino are among the high-profile diners to visit the food truck.

The mobile food joint even has its own music video that diners can listen while waiting for their orders.

However, Marvin stresses that The Manila Machine will always cater to the “cravings of the masses.” He adds that the business started when he and his friends decided to specialize in Filipino food that they miss back in the Philippines.

Aside from pioneering the Filipino food truck business, he hopes to be able to bring the mobile food joint to other cities across the US.

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Alay Pag-asa Christian Life Foundation
32 Arayat Street corner Road 1, Barangay Malamig,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
+63.2.532-6433; +63.2.532.3250

Asilo de San Vicente de Paul
UN Avenue, Manila
+63.2.523.3829; +63.2.523-1460; +63.2.523.5264

Asian Social Institute/ Senden Home

Asociacion De Damas Filipinas
Quirino Avenue, Paco, Manila
(formerly Fundacion de Damas de Filipinas Settlement House, near Plaza Dilao)

Childhope Asia Philippines
1210 Peñafrancia Street
Paco 1007 Manila
Tel. No.: +63.2.563.4647
Fax. +63.2.563.2242

Christian Light Foundation
Quezon City
+63.2.924.1622; +63.2.373-0469

Concordia Children Services
Sta. Mesa, Manila
+63.2.716.0031; +63.2.713.3462

Create Responsive Infants by Sharing, Phils. (CRIBS, Phils.)
Marikina City
+63.2. 681-5921/681-8078

DSWD Nayon ng Kabataan
Pasay City

DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC)
Quezon City
+63.2. 927.4244

DSWD Sanctuary Center
Mandaluyong City

Friendship Home of Fr. Luis Amigo
Makati City

Hospicio de San Jose
Ayala Bridge, Manila
+63.2. 527.1547 (to 48)
Founded in 1810, the oldest charitable institution in the Philippines

House of Refuge Foundation, Inc.
Quezon City

International Alliance for Children
Quezon City

Kabalikat ng Pamilyang Pilipino Foundation
Makati City
+63.2.893.9534; +63.2.813.0478; +63.2.813.6476

Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Program

Leto Christian Center
Pasig City
+63.2.6336879; +63.2.633.6911

Mabuhay Deseret Foundation
Cubao, Quezon City

Missionaries of Charity
Tayuman St., Tondo, Manila

NORFIL Foundation
Quezon City
+63.2.372.3577; +63.2.372.7879

Pangarap Fondation
Taft Avenue, Pasay City
Tel. No.: +63.2. 551-3733; +63.2.831.0700; +63.2.834.1061

Paraciete Foundation

Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Home
Quezon City
+63.2. 438-5295

Tuloy Foundation, Inc.
Makati City (now in Alabang, Muntinlupa)
+63.2.892.4788 (to 89)

White Cross
San Juan, Metro Manila

Outside Metro Manila:

Child and Family Service
Baguio City

Christian Praise Children’s Home
San Fernando, La Union

Gethsemane Children’s Home
Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet

Jewels of Yahweh Children’s Home
San Carlos Heights, Irisan
Baguio City

Miracle Home for Children
P.O. Box 100, Pagdaraoan
San Fernando, La Union
+63.72.413-031; +63.72.414.265

Noah’s Ark Home for Children
Portay, Banawe, 3601 Ifugao

DSWD Lingap Center
San Felipe, Ilagan, Isabela

Helgamosey Children’s Home
Divisoria, 311 Santiago City

Childhood for Children Preda Foundation
Upper Kalaklan, Olongapo City
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Pandan, Angeles City

King’s Garden Children’s Home
Palonatin Road, Sabatan
Orion, Bataan

Munting Tahanan Apostolate Foundation
Sitio Mathay, Tugo
Balanga, Bataan

Shepherd of the Hills
San Antonio, Zambales

DSWD Lingap Center
Jacob Ext. Liboton, Naga City

Bitano, Legaspi City

DSWD Lingap Center
Bo. Obrero, Lapuz
Lapaz, IloIlo City

DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth
Brgy. Concordia, Nueva Valencia

Children of Cebu Foundation Parian Drop-in Center
Cebu City

David Livingston Ministry Foundation
Jubay, Cebu City

Rainbow Orphanage of Dumaguete
Hibbardd Ave., Bantayan
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Sunshine Corner Ministry of Encouragement
Door 2, Southland Bldg.
Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City

Balay sa Gugma Foundation
22nd St. Nazareth
Cagayan de Oro City

DSWD Lingap Center
Zamboanga City
+63.62.991.6056; +63.62.991.6030

DSWD Lingap Center
Mintal, Davao City

Foundation of Balay Pagsilungan
815 Datu St., Bankerohan
8000 Davao City

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