CASAA was our second home – UP students

Raisa Serafica

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CASAA was our second home – UP students
More than losing a place where they could eat, netizens also express their concern over the employees at the food center

MANILA, Philippines – More than just a canteen, the UP College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association (CASAA) Food Center served as a second home to many students, alumni, and employees at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

This is according to netizens who expressed their sadness over the fire that hit CASAA, an iconic food center within the state university. Using #CASAAmemories on Twitter, they recounted how the food center became their go-to place for eating affordable meals in the campus. 

“CASAA” trended on Twitter in the Philippines as netizens shared their memories spent at the decades-old food center. More than losing a place where they could eat, netizens also expressed their concern for employees at the food center who could lose their jobs over the incident.  

RAZED. Fire struck the iconic CASAA Food Center in UP Diliman on June 13, 2015. Photos by Adrian Kenneth Gutlay and Dylan Reyes/ Philippine Collegian





Another reason?

According to Vice Chancellor of Community Affairs Nestor Castro, two were injured from the fire. The area will be cordoned off while authorities further investigate the incident.  

Some UP students also speculated on the possibility that the fire was not an accident. 

In December 2014, UP CASAA faced a rumored shutdown following “transition changes” in the food center management. 







Castro, however, said that the initial investigation shows that the cause of the fire is gas tank-related. 

“The UP Diliman Police is spearheading the investigation of the incident.  The canteen has been cordoned off so that no one will get injured as the roof of the canteen may collapse,” Castro added.  –


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Raisa Serafica

Raisa Serafica is the Unit Head of Civic Engagement of Rappler. As the head of MovePH, Raisa leads the on ground engagements of Rappler aimed at building a strong community of action in the Philippines. Through her current and previous roles at Rappler, she has worked with different government agencies, collaborated with non-governmental organizations, and trained individuals mostly on using digital technologies for social good.