10 Restaurants You've Probably Seen in Filipino TV and Movies
You know, in case you've always wanted to re-enact that certain scene...
(SPOT.ph) The beauty of Pinoy films and television is that they feel familiar. In fact, plenty of movies and teleseryes feature memorable scenes shot in different locations. We round up 10 restaurants that served as a backdrop to some well-loved Filipino shows and films.
The restaurant: Torch
Seen in: A Secret Affair
A Secret Affair is about the love triangle of Rafi Delgado (Anne Curtis), Sam Montinola (Andi Eigenmann), and Anton (Derek Ramsay), Rafi's fiancé. The movie touches on the theme of third-party relationships: lies, temptations, and the rules of friendship. Torch, known for their signature comfort food, is the restaurant where Anton works at in the movie and is also where Rafi confronts Sam.
Torch is at G/F Greenbelt 5, Makati City; 63 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City; and 2/F Garden Restaurants, TriNoma, Quezon City. Read more about Torch.
The restaurant: Bellini’s
Seen in: One More Chance
Who hasn’t seen One More Chance? To this day it remains the ultimate hugot movie about Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo), a couple who has been in a relationship for five years. Like most couples, the two are inseparable, which is why Basha evetually feels stifled by their relationship and decides to end things. Bellini’s, an Italian restaurant, is where Popoy, Basha, and their friends always meet up for dinner. It is also where we hear the famous line, “Bash, mahal na mahal kita…at ang sakit sakit na.”
Bellini’s is at Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about Bellini's.
The restaurant: Cool Beans Café
Seen in: English Only, Please
English Only, Please was an official entry to the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival. The story revolves around a Filipino-American man, Julian Parker (Derek Ramsay), who hires a translator, the bubbly Tere Madlansacay (Jennylyn Mercado), to help him translate a letter for the woman that broke his heart. Cool Beans Café is where Julian and Tere first decide to meet.
Cool Beans Café is at Diliman 67-A Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.
The restaurant: 13 Ubay
Seen in: Pangako Sa’Yo
The recent remake of Pangako Sa’Yo featured a star-studded cast: Kathryn Bernardo as Yna, Daniel Padilla as Angelo, Jodi Sta. Maria as Amor, and Ian Veneracion as Eduardo. Pangako Sa’Yo is the love story of Amor and Eduardo who fall deeply in love and decide to get married, but are forced to separate because of their families. A few years later, Angelo (Eduardo’s son) falls in love with an underprivileged girl and a great cook named Yna, who is revealed to be Amor’s daughter. 13 Ubay is a modern comfort food restaurant. The name was changed to KusYna in the show, which is the restaurant that Yna eventually opens.
13 Ubay is at 13 Ubay Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Banawe, Quezon City. Read more about 13 Ubay.
The restaurant: Chef Laudico Guevarra’s
Seen in: Starting Over Again
Starting Over Again is the story of former couple, Marco Villanueva (Piolo Pascual) and Ginny Gonzales (Tony Gonzaga), who run into each other years after a breakup which left them with plenty of unresolved questions. Chef Laudico Guevarra’s, a restaurant that serves an array of Filipino food, was the restaurant owned and operated by Marco in the movie.
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is at 387 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan.
The restaurant: Baang Coffee
Seen in: A Second Chance
A Second Chance, the much-awaited sequel to One More Chance, tells the continuation of Popoy and Basha’s story. The movie shows the struggles every married couple goes through years into their marriage. Baang Coffee, a quaint cafe in Quezon City, is the place where Popoy goes to have coffee with his friend, Ara (Arci Muñoz).
Baang Coffee is at 258-D Tomas Morato corner Street, Fernandez, Quezon City.
The restaurant: Lola Café + Bar
Seen in: Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?
Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? is the film adaptation of Ramon Bautista’s book of the same name. The movie revolves on the story of Sandy Veloso (Kim Chui) and Alex Prieto (Xian Lim), in a love story about "the ugly duckling in all of us and how we turn into someone worth loving." In the movie, Sandy cries her eyes out at Lola Café + Bar while Alex tries to console her. The cafe has a homey vibe, and they're famous for their unassuming but satisfying menu.
Lola Cafe + Bar is at Scout Lozano Street, Diliman, Quezon City. Read more about Lola Café + Bar.
The restaurant: Afters Espresso & Desserts
Seen in: Walang Forever
Walang Forever is a Filipino romantic comedy film about Mia (Jennylyn Mercado) and Ethan (Jericho Rosales), exes who meet again years later only to find that they may still have feelings for each other. Afters Espresso & Desserts, a cafe known for their handcrafted gelato, is where their friends set them up to meet again.
Afters Espresso & Desserts is at 20 Lansbergh Place, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Castor Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City; and Xavierville Residences, Rosa Alvero Street corner Esteban Abada Street, Quezon City. Read more about After Espresso & Desserts.
The restaurant: 7-27 Bulalohan Atbp.
Seen in: The Breakup Playlist
The Breakup Playlist tells the story of an aspiring professional singer, Trixie David (Sarah Geronimo), and rock singer (Gino Avila) who collaborate on a song and eventually fall in love. 7-27 Bulalohan, a frequent stopover for motorists, is where they went out on dates, eventually becoming their “place.”
7-27 Bulalohan Atbp. is at Barangay San Jose, Sitio Cabading, Boso Boso, Antipolo City.
The restaurant: GAIA Café & Crafts
Seen in: That Thing Called Tadhana
That Thing Called Tadhana is currently the highest grossing independent Filipino film. It tells the story of Mace Castillo (Angelica Panganiban), a woman nursing her heart after a breakup, and Anthony (JM De Guzman), the man who comes to her aid and helps her move on. The two go on a spontaneous trip to Baguio City, and eventually to Sagada where they have breakfast at GAIA Cafe & Crafts, which has a stunning view of the Kapay-Aw rice terraces. The movie revolves on lessons about heartbreak, moving on, and opening yourself up to love.
GAIA Café & Crafts is at Sagada, Mountain Province.