Co-working spaces are heaven-sent for students and freelance workers.
Unlike in coffee shops, there are no distracting chatter and they have the freedom and space to stay for as long as they want, without feeling pressured because of other customers or the need to order more items to be able to stay.
Co-working spaces also provide ample charging sockets, study lamps, and other bonus amenities like shower services for when you spend an all-nighter and have no time to rush back home.
In Quezon City, a new co-working space is gathering busy bees with its convenient location and comfortable digs.
Located along the food hub Maginhawa Street near University of the Philippines, Cerebrew offers a refuge for students and freelancers looking for a quiet and conducive place to finish their papers and projects.
The co-working space opened in October, and has fast attracted regular clients.
"Na-surprise kami kasi ang daming tao," said Josiah Albelda, one of the shop's seven partners.
"Lalo na pag gabi. May mga natu-turn away na kaming customers. Yung ibang computers namin tinanggal na namin kasi ginagamit ng customers yung space."
The name Cerebrew is from Cerebro, a Spanish word for brain. But the owners named it after comic book X-Men's Cerebro, the machine used by Professor X to observe and locate mutants and humans all over the world. The brew in Cerebrew also pertains to the coffee shop aspect of the place.
Cerebrew's ample space has a lot of tables, whether for those looking to work alone or willing to share with others.
Bright, table lamps are available for better reading, but the place’s overall warm lighting is perfect for concentrating on your work.
Cerebrew also has you covered on your online browsing needs with its fast internet connection.
Giant pillows serve as nap corners so you can catch up on your sleep in between working.
Just fill out this small paper, and the coffee shop's human alarm clocks will take care of waking you up.
If you're worried about your things while you snooze, you can rent lockers for PHP30.
There’s no need to go out for food either because they serve pasta and sandwiches to fill your hungry tummies.
Best of all, they offer unlimited drinks (choose from coffee, tea, or lemonade) for your entire stay.
Sandwiches are priced at PHP100, pasta dishes at PHP130, and more filling all-day breakfast rice dishes from PHP100-PHP140.
Other drinks aside from the free unlimited ones are also available like the Milo dinosaur (PHP80), Caramel Affogato (PHP80), or the Matcha Latte (PHP100)
Cerebrew charges PHP60 per hour with unlimited use of Fibr internet and refillable drinks, and PHP300 for a whole day stay.
For only 100 pesos, customers can avail of the shower services, complete with a towel and grooming kit. "Kukunin namin yung towel, pero kasi di ba yun yung pinaka-hassle, yung magdadala ka [ng wet towel]."
You can also rent out their conference room for huddles and meetings. They can even rent the whole space for events, seminars, or workshops. For PHP4,000, clients can fill the venue with up to 30 persons and enjoy unlimited beverages for three hours.
Cerebrew is open every day from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, you can inquire through its Facebook page.