Haraya: A space for good food, great art

A family enjoying dinner, surrounded by art pieces. (Photo by Chris Quintana)

Imagine savoring great food and washing it down with a wide selection of wine and beer, surrounded by impressive art pieces. Imagine a place where one can have relaxing conversations and escape the day’s hustle and bustle. At the heart of Los Baños, hidden among blocks of old houses and student dormitories, a red door opens to a place with laid-back inspiration and quaint celebrations, where you can enjoy the good life.

Painter Paul Benjamin Hilario and photographer Al Benavente teamed up with restaurateur Christine “CJ” Jimenez to establish Haraya, a restaurant and art space that caters mostly to expats and professionals. Haraya is an old Tagalog word for “imagination.”

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