So long, Tita Longs!
AIT’s current foodservice provider may no longer be catering the college next school year after allegedly failing to secure the concessionaire bid on AIT.
Asked for verification, Joanne Jiao, manager and also daughter of the owner, did not directly confirm that they have lost the bidding.
But in an SMS statement with Salimbay, she said, “Nothing is final yet.”
“What is not final is jan [January] or march [March],” referring that it is still unclear when they would give way for the new concessionaire.
Although no bidding took place for AIT, a rule allegedly stipulates that whoever wins the NCPAG slot will also cover AIT. Tita Longs’ staff claimed that another party won NCPAG. Salimbay is yet to verify the existence of such rule or provision with the Business Concessions Office (BCO).
Salimbay tried to verify the news with Dean Miguela Mena but as of Wednesday, she has not yet received any formal communication on the change of foodservice provider in AIT.
The Last of the Turons
One of the familiar service crews of Tita Longs in AIT said that the concessionaire had been serving turon (also known as banana lumpia) in the college in the past four years.
The news generated varying reactions from professors and students.
“Paano ang turon [How about the turon]?” said one TMS member.
Meanwhile, a professor shared, “Wala nang turon, wala nang ginataan, wala nang calamansi juice, I’m sad na [No more turon, coconut milk stew, calamansi juice; their leaving depresses me]”.
“Nakakagulat at nakakapanghinayang dahil napamahal na sila sa mga estudyante ng AIT [It’s both surprising and sad since the students have already grown close to them].”
Jiao said Tita Longs would still be catering the College of Music and College of Law.