The rapid and continuous success of affinity soars as it has recently extended to another strategic branch near Centro Escolar University and San Beda Manila.
It all started with their 1st branch at Leon Guinto in front of St. Scholastica when the emerging young entrepreneur Mark Anthony Liu, a Business Administration graduate of De La Salle University came up with his idea to put up his own brand. After being a successful Country Sales Manager in Singapore and rendered 9 years of solid marketing experience from well-known companies, Liu admitted that this is his first time to be involved in the beverage and food industry.
Being a healthy lifestyle advocate himself, he wants AffiniTea to provide healthy drinks and promote healthy lifestyle as well while establishing camaraderie among friends and family. With this, AffiniTea– labelled as ‘’the tea that binds”, emerged with its mission statement:
“To improve the quality of health while promoting camaraderie among earnest tea drinkers and aims to provide a new level of tea experience with its high quality, health-inspired, and natural-sourced products.”
The fast growing tea house has gained its distinction among others by using real brewed tea leaves instead of quick-mix ingredients and artificially prepared tea beverages. To date, AffiniTea has 5 company owned branches and 10 from franchises. The largest is the Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite with a total store size of 80 square meters.
Along with the opening of their new branch, AffiniTea introduced new items on their menu list:
- AffiniTea Basil Iced Tea
- AffiniTea Manong’s Dino Milk Tea
- AffiniTea Burgers
- AffiniTea Frozen Mango, Banana & Oreo Cupcakes; and other pastries
- AffiniTea Italian Pasta
Since I’m fond of basil and its health benefits, I tried the Basil Iced Tea.
Among my favorites with Affinitea is their pasta and frozen cakes, and just to let you know, I’m a certified pasta lover! Their version is a flavorful meaty spaghetti which does not depend on the sauce alone, the pasta indeed is rich in taste.
After handling us the frozen cakes, I told Mark and fellow media friends Cristal,Denise and Mars that when it comes to cakes, though I’m fond of Oreos and cookies and cream, I would prefer the mango over them. So I took the frozen mango cupcake first and yes, it was great just as the frozen Oreo cupcake was!
But to our surprise, Cristal exclaimed, “guys try the banana as well!” We did out of curiosity and found out that the banana frozen cupcake was the best of ’em all! Yum!
Their frozen cupcakes are not so sweet, but Affinitea’s frozen cupcakes are one of the best! “Yun tipong babalik-balikan mo talaga!”. And it’s a cracking idea that they prioritize areas near schools or universities, at least students will surely have decent and delicious snacks during school time.
WI-fi connection is free and unlimited, so patrons can enjoy the net while dining or sipping their favorite teas with Affinitea. Emergency charging of phones and gadgets is also available for a minimal fee. The store ambience is not the typical mini-tea setup, its warm and cozy.
So the next time you want to try a new level of tea experience, let’s drink to your health and visit the nearest AffiniTea branches:
- De La Salle College of St. Benilde Taft Branch 2587 A Leon Guinto Sr. St. Malate Manila
- De La Salle University – Main 2223 Fidel A. Reyes St. Malate Manila
- San Sebastian – Recto Branch 1 GF 2135 Claro M. Recto Ave. Quiapo Manila
- La Salle Health and Sciences Institute – Dasma
- Binakayan, Cavite
- Grace Christian College Branch 14B Christian St. Cor. High St. Grace Village Quezon City
- Sky Fitness Makati Branch OPL Bldg. C. Palanca St. Cor. Dela Rosa St, Makati City
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Address: 2587 A Leon Guinto Sr. St. Malate Manila, Philippines (DLSU-CSB Taft Branch)
Among the infinite specks of dust in the universe, does the tiniest grain that enters your eye have a purpose in your life? Similarly, among the billions of people now roaming the earth, does the universe have a purpose in bringing together certain people at the oddest of chance encounters?
Many philosophers in the past have tried to rationalize these encounters and explain why we are drawn towards each other, sometimes even beyond our own will. Plato, as we all know, has a more theosophical view of people who are in constant search (thus the need for us to constantly form bonds) until such time that we find the soul which forms the other half from which our own soul has been separated from the beginning.
Another wise man, Siddhartha Gautama, suggests that the people we encounter in our current lifetime are the fruits of the seeds of encounter that we have planted in the previous ones. Hence, as our souls age, so do our relationships with other souls.
Many terms have been coined, and much more concepts have been developed to explain this phenomenon of life: fate, soul mate, and destiny, to name a few. But the word “affinity” is something which we find beautiful, and thus the name of our place and business…AffiniTea. We see the word as consisting of two certainties: “a” and “finity,” especially the latter, it being a finite, an outcome of all other possibilities, finally being made possible.
Every affinity, every encounter, is a finality, which is to say that it is but a realization of something that must happen ultimately: beauty. Oscar Wilde says that beauty is higher than intelligence because it needs no rationalization to make sense, the way that we don’t need to explain why the sunrise is beautiful. Or our chance encounters. Among the infinite number of possibilities, finally, you meet the right person at the right time – a fixity. All other what ifs stop there at that cessation of all other possibilities. The universe has spoken, and our chance encounters allow us to hear her voice.
Thus, AffiniTea Philippines is not just a business but it is meant to be an avenue to help fulfill such finity. In the same way that we could have chosen to set our place up in another location, you could have chosen to find another tea house to hang out in and thus meet other groups of people. But the final, the finite, the penultimate outcome of all probabilities is at our place, filled with all the magical possibilities of more finities to occur, thus only “a” finity. And we’re glad to be what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin calls the “agent of universal synthesis”, where we trust the powers that be to put all the elements of the world (love, friendship, happiness, fulfillment) together to lead to a maturation of your fate, while you enjoy sipping our tea products.