A place to chill: Rogen Lounge opens at the Rogen Inn compound

Intimate, relaxed & fun, this is what Rogen Lounge is all about.  
Edward Duy, Mikki Teves, Cheng To, Nessy Duy & Karl Solonia

When the couple behind the newest hospitality establishment in town decided to host a party to officially open the inn’s Rogen Lounge, they showed their guests how they envisioned the place to be— relaxed, intimate and fun. 

Rogen Lounge gathering hosts Boboy & Gene Bangayan

“It’s a chill out place to hang out and chat after dinner,” said Boboy Bangayan on the concept of the Rogen Inn Lounge at the food strip of the Rogen Inn compound. 

As a businessman who loves entertaining over dinner, Bangayan finds it difficult to find a place in the city for a night recap, “The choices are a coffee shop that doesn’t serve drinks or a bar that may be too noisy and crowded for comfort.” Thus, the Rogen Lounge was conceived. 

Afternoon meeting over coffee...
Gene Bangayan, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre & Ken Kapulong

...Or after dinner drinks. A place that's not too crowded or too noisy, and serves a variety of drinks
Boboy Bangyan with the Honorary Consul of Korea in Mindanao Edgar Ang 

Rogen Lounge is a relaxing place. The lounge is designed to accommodate 30 people comfortably and music is easy listening tunes, top hits from the 60’s to the present that’s programmed to play on shuffle. The drinks menu lists a range of drinks that can suit the guest’s vibe of the moment. 

“It’s a tea to cocktails place,” said Bangayan, adding,”We have a wide range of TWG teas from Singapore, hot and cold coffee, local and imported beers, red and white wines, and a wide range of liquor- vodka, tequila, whiskeys including single malt like Yamazaki— that can be served by the shot or bottle.” 

Bangayan explains that Rogen Inn and Rogen Lounge was designed minus a couple of amenities expected of a hotel, the kitchen is one. But dining will not pose a problem for the guests because the compound houses the best of Davao’s homegrown restaurants, like Marina Tuna, Habi at Kape, Boiling Crab and Shrimps, Vines, and more. 

Rogen Lounge will allow cross ordering of food. The restaurants made a curated menu for the lounge. Guests can enjoy their choice of bar chow to go with the drinks the lounge offers. 

Hot and cold coffee are on the menu.
Glen Santillan & Ian Garcia

While Rogen Lounge was thought of as an after-dinner hangout spot, it’s an ideal place to chill at daytime and towards the evening. Its 2PM to 11PM operating time allows guests to have a quiet space to have coffee, snacks, light meals, a beer or a cocktail. 

Rogen Lounge was originally intended for guests of Rogen Inn to relax and unwind. It’s an extension of the inn’s lobby, like what guests would expect of a hotel lobby lounge, “But we built a separate private room for guests to enjoy. This way, it keeps the lobby uncrowded and peaceful at any time of day, plus the place is open to non-hotel guests,” he said. 

He shares that Rogen Lounge can host private events. For a set number of hours and minimum consumable of P20 thousand for daytime and P25 thousand for nighttime, exclusive of cross ordered food, the place is yours for a chill out party. 

Rogen Lounge is at the Rogen Inn compound at Mt. Apo cor. Lopez Jaena Streets, Davao City. 

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Seen at Rogen Lounge on opening day...

Opening day group

Honorary Consul of Hungary in Mindanao Baby Montemayor, with Boboy & Gene Bangayan

Zegen's Candice Protasio, Gene Bangayan & DOT -XI RD Tanya Tan

Anavi Ramos & Marilyn Roque

SunStar's RJ Lumawag, CJ Salas & Joji Alcantara

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, Par Travel's Pia Montano & Seda's Ken Kapulong

Kenneth Ong, Gene Bangayan & Capt. Ronald Go

Pia Montano jams with the acoustic artists, who play every Friday at the Lounge