There are a few things that we look forward when visiting Baguio City. Foremost is the atmosphere — it’s not known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines for nothing. We love the scent of pine trees. There’s something else we enjoy in Baguio and it’s rather simple.
Some people visit Baguio for the golf or the parks. Others never fail to drop by ukay-ukay or see the Panagbenga Festival. Still others love the fresh air and the relaxing chill of early morning walk/jog.
For us, there’s something else we enjoy, the Half Moon Bibingcrepe, although this time around, something feels not right about the place.
Half Moon‘s bibingcrepe is a combination of what is exactly what it’s called, bibingka and crepe. The product is simply, really. The mixture is poured on a round mold and cooked for a couple of minutes. Flavor is subsequently added: chocolate, cheese, corn, marshmallows, etc. We love the mini-bibingcrepe.
The round cooked bibingcrepe is sliced in half, with one half turned on top of the other half. It looks like a half moon, probably why it’s called Bibingcrepe, introduced around 2004 by Half Moon Asian Cafe.
The first time we encountered Half Moon in Baguio City was around four years ago. The signboards and display equipment were shiny, the colors sharp. We had to line up to place our orders for bibingcrepe breakfast. That was then.
This time, while my companions went to the tiangge, I walked towards the counter to place my order, but I was alone. The colors of the display equipment are faded, the cracks showing. Maybe the product has to be improved. Maybe more people has to discover its taste. Or maybe I’m wrong. It was already 5:00 p.m. and people were naturally hurrying to leave for the evening. I hope I’m wrong. I hope Half Moon continue to maintain the place and the product.
Half Moon’s branch in Tomas Morato, Quezon City is now closed, which means that, as far as we know, the only outlet is found in Baguio City. And this is perfectly ok with us. It’s something that we look forward when visiting a place, pretty much the crispy pata of JIJF in Quezon Province and Judy Ann in Malabon, or, Razon’s halo-halo in Pampanga before its expansion. It’s part of the destination.
The bibingcrepe is a simple product. It could even be said that it has an identity crisis, whether it’s a bibingka or a crepe. We love bibingka and crepe. And we love bibingcrepe. So the next time you visit Baguio City and see the Mines View, drop by Half Moon’s Bibingcrepe at the Mines View Hotel, just a stone’s throw from the heart of Mines View.