One of the stalls inside BFF (Brad’s Family and Friends) Diner is Felipe’s Chicken Fillet, which offers favorite Filipino comfort food and what the owner, Philip Ray Oyco, calls as “putok-batok” dishes like chicken skin, crispy pata, crispy liempo, spam fries and of course, chicken fillet.
“The food concept of Felipe’s is simple and nothing fancy. It’s comfort food ng mga Pinoy (slang for Filipinos) like chicken fillet. They are the kind of food na kainakain naming magbabarkada after maglaro ng basketball,” Philip said.
“Each item on the menu ay nakain ko na somewhere at nasarapan ako. So I tried to cook my version of them dito sa Felipe’s. Like iyong chicken skin. May nakain na akong chicken skin na masarap sa may kanto ng Meralco. Dinagdagan ko na lang ng ibang ingredients hanggang sa mabuo ko siya,” he added.
Asked why the name Felipe’s, he said matter-of-factly that that’s the name his father used every time he was mad at him. “Kasi kapag galit iyong tatay ko, he calls me Felipe.”
Philip’s decision to go into business is as interesting as the name of one of his food stalls (he’s got to, but more on that later).
After finishing hospitality management at Asian College, he worked as a call center agent, barista and receptionist. Then he went to Dubai for work, but it did not work out. When he went back home, an opportunity to put up a food stall at BFF Diner landed on his lap and just like in a basketball, he grabbed it right away and took a shot.
“Everything started because I love to eat and got curious about what I eat. So I got into cooking. So hobby lang po talaga siya (cooking). I took up hospitality management but really focused on the cooking side,” said Philip. “Then nag-open iyong opportunity (to go into the food business) so I went ahead driven by the love and passion sa pagluluto.”
Dining at both Felipe’s and Floring’s will not leave you impoverished. Barbecues are P50 per stick, while rice meals such as chicken fillet are priced at P70 to P150. The famous crispy pata, all of its 1.2 kilogram weight, can be had at P400 and can be shared by three to five persons, depending on their appetite.
Crispy liempo meal is at p139, chicken skin at P90 and spam fries are priced at P150.
643 J.P. Rizal St., Lamuan, Marikina City
0917 608 5207
Monday to Saturday – 4pm to 12 midnight
Sundays – 12 noon to 2pm and 4pm to 11pm
For more about Felipe’s, please check out its Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/FelipesChickenFillet/