Friday, June 14, 2013

The Hobbit House in Ermita, Philippines - photo by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

The Hobbit House Bar in Ermita was reportedly founded by a former American Peace Corps Volunteer, Jim Turner, a Tolkien fan. It's run as a co-op so staff are all part-owners.  Most, if not all the staff members are "little people." As you drive up outside, they wave you into a parking place -- or at least they used to in the original location on Mabini Street.  I have to admit that there's an edge in the place, but the "little people" are at ease with themselves and the world, and while the strangeness remains, there's a sense of adventure in the place as well.

The Hobbit House has a new location on M. H. Del Pilar, and I went there with two girlfriends. It's more theatrical now, with a stage in front of the tables and chairs. It remains interesting although the original place was more fun.

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tags: travel, Manila, Ermita, Philippines, The Hobbit House

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