The 79-Year-Old Kamuning Bakery Café Has Burned Down
Earlier this morning, Kamuning Bakery Café owner Wilson Lee Flores confirmed that the popular bakery was hit by a fire. The blaze started at around 1:00 a.m., and was declared under control about an hour and a half later.
It’s suspected that the fire was caused by reignited embers from a neighboring establishment that had burned down a few hours before. Thankfully, all of the bakers and staff are unhurt. “We’re very sad, but I really believe this is just a temporary setback,” Flores said in a Facebook post.
Established in 1939, the Kamuning Bakery Café is famous for being one of the last few bakeries to use a pugon or wood-fired oven. Their pan de suelo—a crustier, less sweet version of pan de sal which is baked on the oven floor—is especially popular. Over the years, the café was frequented by celebrities, politicians, and artists.
In 2016, the Kamuning Bakery Café became known for letting their customers “vote” by ordering dishes named after presidential candidates. After the election results were released, their Pan de Duterte became a permanent fixture on the menu.
We certainly hope that the Kamuning Bakery Café can rise from the ashes and continue its tradition of serving authentic pan de sal, just the way our grandparents enjoyed it.