Scratch your eyes no more.. you aint hallucinating ..you read it right!.. It’s GoodBYE for Handuraw.. This is like the saddest news for all aspiring bands out there as Handuraw has been a part of their journey..
Here is an exerpt from the message on their website: http://handuraw.com
Goodbye, till we meet again….
It has been close to three years when Handuraw Events Café (aka Handuraw – Mabolo) first opened its doors, with a mind to provide its patrons with good food (pizza!), great company, and a homey ambiance. It was not long before another service was conceived of and acted upon: to support the local band scene. We have tried our best to serve our patrons well, and for the most part, we have enjoyed and reciprocated the support of Cebu’s up-and-coming artists from all genres, as well as its well-established ones.
It is with great regret that the time has come for us to say goodbye to our patrons and friends as we have decided to close operations in Mabolo as an events café.
Discussions to close operations in Mabolo were triggered last January, 2007 when we were informed by Aboitizland (owner of the building we are in now) of their plans for a commercial high-rise development and that by June 30, all occupants should have vacated the building. We searched far and wide, but have not been able to find alternative venues that would meet the primary requirements of the events café—suitable space with reasonable rent and accessibility. There were also financial matters to consider as operating a venue like Handuraw requires high financial costs.
We would have wanted to close “noisily”, so to speak and had planned a month- long series of events of various types and genres; featuring the many bands that have made Handuraw their haven. With these series of events, we wanted to say grateful thanks to our loyal and hard-working supporters in the local band scene as well as members of media. We wanted to exit as gracefully as we came in.
However, tragedy struck in the early hours of Monday, May 21, and made us abruptly cancel all scheduled events and to close our doors earlier than planned. Two unidentified assailants broke into Handuraw as staff were closing down the venue and singled out one of our part-time servers with multiple gunshots. There are no suspects at this point, nor do we know the reason for the killing or why the server, a recent college graduate and devoted brother and son, was targeted. The police are still investigating. Handuraw is greatly saddened by this senseless travesty of life and condole with the victim’s family and friends. It is with this feeling of sadness and disquiet that we have to close earlier than May 31.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been with us these past years. We close our doors with happy memories and a strong sense of pride and fulfillment that we have in our own way, helped advance to a certain level of vibrancy, the local band scene in Cebu. We trust that there will be other venues after us who will take on the cause of promoting Cebuano talent and music, and we wish them all the best.
Handuraw Lahug will continue to operate alongside 460 Gaming and Internet Cafe. There are also plans for Handuraw to open additional pizza outlets in the near future. Again, thank you for all your support. Till we meet again!