The dream was to create somewhere Filipinos could meet their friends,
bring their workmates, and celebrate the unique and amazing Filipino
cuisine. At the time, the only options for Filipino food in Auckland were a
small takeaway in Panmure, or the few Filipino groceries scattered
around the city.
mission: authentic Filipino food.
Charie and Mary-Jane were joined by Conrad Bautista, who also
believed in the dream, and gave his time and energy free of charge.
After months of hard work, negotiating with contractors, suppliers, and
the Council, funded by the contributions of private investors from the
local Filipino community, Turo-Turo opened on May 14th, 2010.
The first months had their share of difficulties, with staffing and
service issues; but gradually the café hit its stride - and built a
loyal and enthusiastic customer base.
were visiting from as far as Hamilton, Tauranga,
Whangarei, and even Christchurch to enjoy an authentic
taste of the Philippines.