Summer all-year-round at Jack’s Lemonade, SM Megamall

Summertime in movies is synonymous with fresh lemonade enjoyed beside sparkling swimming pools, freshly mowed lawns or in picturesque patios.

An icy glass of lemonade has that refreshing quality: it quenches our thirst and cools our tempers so we can savor the hot days of summer.

  • Well, except for some occasional bouts of rain, it’s summertime all-year-round in Metro Manila.
  • And you know what this means: we have all year to enjoy lemonade!
  • If you think that we will grow tired of drinking the same old lemonade, day in and day out, think again.
  • Jack’s Lemonade offers a collection of drinks made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, and additional ingredients that make each drink a uniquely tasty treat.
  • These drinks are grouped according to a family of flavor profiles personified in Jack’s Lemonade characters:

    • For Jack: the basic lemonades and the Jack’s Specials
    • For Dad John: the tea lemonades
    • For Mom Jenny: the herb lemonades
    • For Sister Julia: the fruit lemonades
    • For Baby James: the candy lemonades
  • For my bit of refreshment one sunny weekend, I dropped by the newly opened Jack’s Lemonade kiosk at SM Megamall and got myself a Lemon Cheesecake (Php95 regular | Php115 large).
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice is blended together with ice, condensed milk and powdered milk, then finished off with a few sprinkles of plum salt.

    Jack’s Lemonade

    Jack’s Lemonade

    Jack’s Lemonade

    It’s a decadent dessert and a refreshing drink in one!

    It also has the health benefits of lemon-based drinks which include supporting heart health, helping in weight control, preventing kidney stones, protecting against anemia, and improving digestive health.

    So enjoy the taste of summer, no matter what time of the year it is, by getting yourself a tasty drink at Jack’s Lemonade!

    Jack’s Lemonade

    This Jack’s Lemonade stall is located at Fifth Floor, Bridgeway, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

    Other stalls may be found at:

    • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Cinema Area, Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Food Choices, Fourth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City
    • Food Forum, Lower Ground Level, Shangri-la Plaza, Ortigas Mandaluyong City
    • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
    • Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
      Second Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Disclosure: This drink is sponsored by Jack’s Lemonade through gift certificates I received prior to the visit.

    Jack's Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    Late dinner at Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    One rainy Wednesday night, I had to pick up my daughter #ExhibitA from school. Feeling a little adventurous, we decided to have dinner at restaurant some small distance away called Santiago’s Cafe.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    The cafe is attached to the indie cinema theater Black Maria. I would imagine theater goers would frequent the place before or after movie screenings.

    Parking may be an issue, though, as I had to park my car along a driveway of a seemingly abandoned warehouse across the street. There was simply no other parking space nearer to the cafe, even though it was quite late and the cafe was almost empty.

    Santiago’s Cafe (named after the first grandson of the family that owns it) is known by its signature flamingo wall and overall playfully pink-colored interiors, seemingly taking its inspiration from hip and Instagrammable coffee joints.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    The cafe has a small menu that features rice meals, paninis, pasta, coffees and milkshakes.

    For our late-night meal, #ExhibitA had:

    Bacon Express Panini (Php165). Slices of thick bacon, arugula, egg, cheddar and mozarella cheese in a toated panini sandwich and served with honey butter chips. I’m not a fan of the chips that accompany the sandwich as I found them too sweet. I prefer my chips to be on the saltier side. My daughter liked them just fine, though.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Binagoongan ni Milagros (Php200). Cubes of pork sauteed in tomato and stewed in shrimp paste, served with on a bed of steamed rice along with strips of fried eggplant, sliced tomato and salted egg. I appreciate the interplay of the tomato and shrimp paste flavors in this dish but the portioning is a little off. There was too much rice and too little pork that I ended up leaving half the rice on the plate.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Bacon Mushroom Truffle Pasta (Php220). This, in my opinion, is the highlight of the meal. Penne pasta is tossed in truffle white sauce along with bacon bits, and parmesan cheese. It is served with two extra (and much-appreciated) slices of bacon along with garlic bread on the side.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Chicken Parmigiana (Php180). Deep-fried and lightly battered chicken breast fillet on top of penne pasta tossed in homemade red sauce with parmesan, mozarella and cheddar. I found the red sauce a little too sweet for my taste.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Sarah’s Milkshake (Php165). This blueberry cheesecake blend of milkshake was my baby girl’s drink of choice.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Strawberry Milkshake (Php150). This was my choice for my milkshake.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    My daughter and I appreciated the freshly-made quality of the milkshakes and the fact that the restaurant made use of bamboo straws.

    New York Cheesecake. This dessert was a bit of a let-down. The texture and portioning was fine but the taste was lacking the rich, cheesy quality of other cheesecakes we’ve tried.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Still, I wouldn’t mind coming back to this cafe to try out its latte offerings, considering it is a third-wave coffee shop that prides itself on its artisanal coffee selections.

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    Santiago’s Cafe, Mandaluyong

    I just wouldn’t bring a car when I return.

    Santiago’s Cafe is located at 779 San Rafael Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City, open Mondays from 3pm to 11pm and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12 noon to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5320540.

    Did you know that if you and a friend dined at Santiago’s Cafe, you can get some dishes free via Zomato Gold? Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 2) deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use my code JELLYB to get 20% off the membership fee.

    Santiago's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    A tipsy gelato treat at Morelli’s Gelato, EDSA Shangri-la

    Do you know what makes gelato so great?

    This dessert which originated in Italy has a texture that is a lot creamier and silkier than ice cream, owing to its increased use of milk rather than cream, and the exclusion of eggs among its ingredients.

    The Morelli’s Gelato brand started in Scotland in 1907 when father-and-son Giuseppe and Mario Morelli started selling ice cream prevalent in their home country Italy.

    It has since expanded globally, producing and serving frozen treats made fresh everyday using natural ingredients. In fact, its expert gelatierri (“ice cream chefs” in Italian) start production at 5am every morning.

    Morelli’s branch in Shangri-la Plaza features not just its signature gelato flavors, it also offers unique frozen desserts, as well as hot and cold beverages. It also has a sizeable eating area where diners can enjoy their gelatos in style and comfort.

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Thanks to GCs shared by Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com, I was able to enjoy one of Morelli’s Tipsy Treats, gelato creations that incorporate a bit of dessert liqueur to add a grown-up element to the icy and delicious frozen sweets.

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    People who know me won’t be at all surprised at the Tipsy Treat I ordered: Baileys (Php395). It’s made with double scoops of hazelnut gelato, a scoop of soft-serve vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce, and topped with fresh whipped cream, a pretzel, a Stick-O and a Morelli’s Gelato wafer. A single shot of Bailey’s liqueur, my favorite among alcoholic beverages, accompanies this confection.

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    I think I may have found a new favorite dessert!

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    I also got myself a Hot Mocha (Php140), a chocolate-flavored variant of the capuccino to perk me up after the delicious buzz from my Tipsy Treat.

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Morelli’s Gelato, Shangri-la Plaza

    Well, I’m looking forward to my next visit and the other Tipsy Treats I could try.

    This Morelli’s Gelato branch is located at Level 3, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm.

    Another branch is located at Second Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City, open 11am to 9pm.

    Morelli's Gelato Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    Tsokolate Ah and more at Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Dessert cafes abound in the metro, but how many of them do you see touting our very own tsokolate – the Pinoy version of hot chocolate?

    Would you believe I first heard of this delicacy back in high school while studying Noli Me Tangere? Jose Rizal’s literary masterpiece features a scene wherein the characters assign social status to the thickness of the hot chocolate served.

    During a social gathering, Padre Salvi (one of the more nefarious characters in the novel), serves tsokolate eh (from espresso, meaning thick, due to the richness of the hot chocolate served) for Spanish visitors and dignitaries, while tsokolate ah (from aguado, meaning watered down) was served to the locals, which is probably why this is sometimes referred to as the native hot chocolate.

    (Aside: being a racist and a snob are the least of Padre Salvi’s character flaws.)

    The latter variant is available at Tsoko.Nut Batirol, a small cafe located in Quezon City’s Tomas Morato Area. The batirol in the cafe’s name refers to the implement used in mixing the hot chocolate to make sure that the tablea (chocolate tablets) are dissolved and well-incorporated into the drink.

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    The cafe has an Old World feel to it, with furniture and interiors that harken back to ancestral homes in the provinces. It also makes use of its own signature mug for its hot beverages which adds to its quaint appeal.

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Together with my office buddies, I went here for some dessert which included:

    Tsokolate Ah Batirol (Php88 regular | Php98 large). The aforementioned native hot chocolate is no longer a comment on one’s station. Instead, this is an indulgent treat for any chocolate lover. Made in the traditional way: using chocolate tablea, milk and ground peanuts, this drink will take you back in time.

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Mini Chocolate Cake (Php110). A rich and chocolatey confection of moist cake and thick chocolate icing.

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    Mango Torte (Php99). A frozen cheesecake topped with artfully arranged mango slices on on a crust of graham cracker crumbs. It’s so pretty, we almost didn’t want to eat it. Well, almost. 🤪

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol, Tomas Morato

    I’d love to spend a more leisurely afternoon here, just enjoying my sweets and my cup of native hot choco. I wonder when that would be…

    This Tsoko.Nut Batirol branch is located near the corner of Scout Reyes Street and Mother Ignacia Avenue, Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 9pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 3979939.

    Other branches are located at:

    • Food Court, Third Floor, Eastwood Cybermall, Libis, Quezon City
    • Upper Ground Floor, Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
    • Ground Floor, Telus Building, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
    • Third Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City
    • Northgate Cyberzone, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa

    Tsoko.Nut Batirol Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    HBO drama series THE DEUCE, returns for third and final season on 10 September exclusively on HBO GO

    The 80s are in full swing as the critically acclaimed drama series THE DEUCE brings its story to a close when it returns for its eight-episode, third and final season, same time as the U.S., on Tuesday 10 September at 9am, exclusively on HBO GO. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, the story resumes its chronicle of the rise of pornography and the multibillion-dollar industry’s transformation of American culture seven years after the culmination of the second season.

    Season three of THE DEUCE brings us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of THE DEUCE brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.

    Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, both veterans of the HBO series “The Wire” and “Treme,” THE DEUCE is executive produced by Pelecanos, Simon, Nina K. Noble and James Franco. The drama series stars James Franco (Golden Globe winner for “The Disaster Artist”) as both Vincent Martino – who, in season three, finds himself tired, wary and in search of a way out – and his twin Frankie Martino, a seemingly changed man, who is married with children and who continues to flirt with self-destruction; and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Golden Globe nominee for season one and Critic’s Choice nominee for season two of the series) as Candy, a director struggling to maintain her artistic integrity in an industry that is quickly devolving.

    The returning cast also includes: Margarita Levieva (“Revenge”), as Abby, the proprietor of the Hi-Hat and an advocate for Times Square’s artists and denizens who begins to consider life after the Deuce; Emily Meade (HBO’s “The Leftovers”) as porn star Lori, now living in Los Angeles and battling addiction while absorbing the porn business’ migration to video-tape and the resulting degradation; Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Chris Alston, now detailed to the Midtown Enforcement Project and partnered with Gene Goldman (Luke Kirby) to realize the city’s plan to rehabilitate Midtown; Chris Bauer (HBO’s “The Wire”), as French Parlor manager Bobby, who steadily begins to lose his piece of the lucrative Times Square sex trade; Chris Coy (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”) as gay businessman and entrepreneur Paul, who must confront the AIDS epidemic; Michael Rispoli (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) as mob capo Rudy, who leans on the Martino brothers for greater profit amidst infighting.

    Season three finds familiar faces who return this season as cast regulars including, David Krumholtz (HBO’s upcoming miniseries “The Plot Against America”) as veteran pornographer Harvey; Daniel Sauli (“House of Cards”) as Tommy Longo, who’s angling for his own position amidst the Gambino family; Olivia Luccardi (“Channel Zero”) as Melissa, now an amateur porn actress forced to confront her past and Sepideh Moafi (“Falling Water”) as Loretta, a bartender at the Hi-Hat, involved in the feminist anti-porn movement. Guests include: Zoe Kazan (HBO’s upcoming miniseries “The Plot Against America”), Mustafa Shakir (Cinemax’s “Jett”), Roberta Colindrez (“I Love Dick”), Kim Director (“She’s Gotta Have It”), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Aaron Dean Eisenberg (“Public Morals”), Michael Gandolfini (“Ocean’s Eight”) and Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”).

    Season three writers include: David Simon, George Pelecanos, Carl Capotorto, Iturri Sosa, Will Ralston, Chris Yakaitis and Stephani DeLuca.

    Season three directors include: Alex Hall, Susanna White, Tanya Hamilton, Roxann Dawson and James Franco.

    Season 3, Episode 1: “The Camera Loves You”
    Debut date: Tuesday 10 September 9am
    On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent (James Franco) reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea (Zoe Kazan) as his open relationship with Abby (Margarita Levieva) grows more distant. Despite becoming a family man, Frankie (James Franco) continues his risky side hustles. With the newly dominant VHS format shaking up their industry, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Harvey (David Krumholtz) travel to Las Vegas for an adult film convention where they disagree on how to navigate a fast-changing future. Fresh out of rehab in Los Angeles, Lori (Emily Meade) is put back to work. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard) makes a very specific request of Goldman (Luke Kirby) in their quest to revitalize Midtown. Now a bartender at the Hi-Hat, Loretta (Sepideh Moafi) becomes an active member of Women Against Pornography.
    Written by David Simon & George Pelecanos; Directed by Alex Hall

    Season 3, Episode 2: “Morta di Fame”
    Debut date: Tuesday 17 September 9am
    Frankie (Franco) takes his amateur porn business to the next level and ends up in a confrontation with Rudy (Michael Rispoli), who pushes Vincent (Franco) to up his profits. Candy (Gyllenhaal) brainstorms a new film based on the experiences of her fellow sex workers and finds that her new beau Hank (Corey Stoll) is not shaken by her past. Abby (Levieva) and Loretta (Moafi) take care of Shay (Kim Director) when she shows up to the Hi-Hat in bad shape. Lori (Meade) is advised to be more compliant after she dares to stand up for herself on set. Alston (Gilliard) is tasked with finding the mysterious owner of a prime piece of Midtown real estate. With the future of his businesses up in the air, Paul (Chris Coy) worries about his partner Todd’s (Aaron Dean Eisenberg) health.
    Written by Carl Capotorto; Directed by Susanna White

    Season 3, Episode 3: “Normal Is a Lie”
    Debut date: Tuesday 24 September 9am
    Abby (Levieva) befriends a graffiti artist named Pilar (Paloma Guzman) and takes a surprising trip downtown. Candy (Gyllenhaal) sets a firm line with Hank when it comes to money. As Todd’s (Aaron Dean Eisenberg) health worsens, he reexamines his priorities and asks for Paul’s (Coy) support. Melissa (Luccardi) is forced to face her past. Alston (Gilliard) explores different strategies for getting a shady SRO owner to sell. Bobby (Bauer) pays Joey (Michael Gandolfini) a visit on Wall Street as Joey’s latest money-making scheme grows bigger. Tensions rise between Frankie (Franco) and Rudy (Rispoli) as a buyer complains about Frankie’s product.
    Written by Iturri Sosa; Directed by Tanya Hamilton

    Season 3, Episode 4: “They Can Never Go Home”
    Debut date: Tuesday 1 October 9am
    Lori (Meade) returns to New York for an audition and runs into some familiar faces. While searching for actors for her new film, Candy (Gyllenhaal) speaks to her critics at a Women Against Pornography meeting. As things heat up with Jennifer (Kelcy Griffin), Alston (Gilliard) takes a drastic step to deliver for Goldman (Kirby). Melissa (Luccardi) leaves the city. Abby (Levieva) grows closer to Pilar (Paloma Guzman) as her relationship with Vincent (Franco) wanes. Vincent and Frankie celebrate an eventful birthday.
    Written by Will Ralston; Directed by James Franco

    In addition to “The Wire,” creators David Simon and George Pelecanos collaborated on HBO’s New Orleans drama “Treme.” Simon is an author, journalist and producer whose other works for HBO include the upcoming miniseries “The Plot Against America,” “The Corner,” “Generation Kill” and “Show Me a Hero.” Pelecanos is the author of 21 critically acclaimed novels, including last year’s “The Man Who Came Uptown,” “The Double” and “The Turnaround,” as well as a screenwriter and film producer, and served as a writer and co-producer on HBO’s “The Pacific.”

    THE DEUCE was created by George Pelecanos & David Simon; executive producers, George Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina K. Noble and James Franco; co-executive producers, Richard Price and Alex Hall; producers, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Schweigman and Marc Henry Johnson.

    HBO Original Series as well as live channels are available for streaming on HBO GO which is exclusively available to SKY subscribers. To subscribe, call 418-0000 or your local SKY office or visit www.mysky.com.ph.

    Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

    Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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    Milk tea adventure at Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Fresh from a recent visit to Make Your Own Cafe’s Maginhawa branch, I was absolutely delighted to discover that it will open a branch along Mother Ignacia Avenue, right across the street from my office!

    I counted the days until it opened, and at last, in the last weeks of July, it finally did!

    Even though I was exhausted from an entire day of meetings, I just knew I had to have a taste of MYO milk teas as soon as they become available in my turf.

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    MYO was the first milk tea store in the country to offer unli sinkers: for only an additional Php20, you can add as many original boba, nata de coco, oreo, brown sugar jelly, grass jelly, coffee jelly, honey boba, espresso boba, egg pudding and assorted jelly as you want to your drink.

    Really, with the way you can customize your drink with you unli sinker choices, each cup is an adventure!

    This stall offers all the drinks that the other branches do, and armed with some GCs I received, I lost no time in going on my milk tea adventure.

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Oreo Overload (Php140 for regular | Php150 for large). I absolutely love cheese foam on milk tea and together with oreo crumbs, it makes this drink akin to a cookies ‘n cream cheesecake in a cup.

    Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

    Original Milk Tea (Php90 for regular| Php100 for large). This drink variant was on Buy 1 Take 1 during the weekend of the store’s opening. I took advantage of this promo to bring home drinks to enjoy with my daughter #ExhibitA at home.

    Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Today, I got another chance to visit the stall and give in to my milk tea craving.

    Okinawa Cheese (Php130 for regular | Php140 for large). This milk tea variant incorporates roasted brown sugar instead of regular syrup, giving the drink a more complex flavor which is further enhanced by the salty-sweet cheese foam.

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Make Your Own Cafe, Tomas Morato

    Well, now I know where to go whenever I have a hankering for a milk tea adventure!

    Make Your Own, Tomas Morato

    This Make Your Own Cafe branch is located at The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Ave, South Triangle, Quezon City.

    Other branches are located at:

    • Ground Floor, 140 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
    • 114 Mayon Street, Banawe, Quezon City

    Make Your Own Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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    Production begins in Taiwan for brand new HBO Asia Original Series Adventure of the Ring

    HBO Asia announced today that principal photography has begun in Taiwan for the eight-part hour-long Mandarin romantic comedy series, ADVENTURE OF THE RING. Shooting will take place in Taipei till October 2019. Set and filmed in Taiwan, the series is scheduled to premiere next year across HBO Asia’s 23 territories on their on-air, online and on-demand platforms.

    “Following the success of HBO Asia’s Mandarin Original Series including the award-winning THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC and THE WORLD BETWEEN US, we are pleased to bring yet another Mandarin production, ADVENTURE OF THE RING, to our audiences in Asia and around the world,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia. “The heart-warming tales in HBO Asia’s first romantic comedy series will resonate with many.”

    ADVENTURE OF THE RING tells the stories of different couples who come in contact with an engagement ring. On a morning commute, the ring is misplaced by a man on the day of his proposal, threatening to disrupt all his plans. Chris Wang 《宥勝》 (“Time Traveler”, “Love Family”) plays Yi Zhi, the man who loses the ring and Allison Lin《林予晞》 (HBO Asia Original “The World Between Us”, “Family Time”) is Lisa, Yi Zhi’s intended bride. As the search for the ring continues, Yi Zhi and Lisa re-examine what love means to them as the ring travels through the hands of other couples and impact their lives.

    L-R Kitamura Tayoharu,Allison Lin,Kao Ming-Hsiu (Deputy Director-General,Ministry of Culture),Jonathan Spink,Leon Lu (Chairman,Good Image),Chris Wang,Nelson Yeh

    Helmed by Nelson Yeh 《葉天倫》 (“Far And Away”, “Mad King Of Taipei”) and directed by Golden Bell nominated director, Kitamura Tayoharu《北村豐晴》 (“Running Man”, “Q Series – Love Of Sandstorm”), the series stars Chris Wang 《宥勝》 (“Time Traveler”, “Love Family”) and Allison Lin《林予晞》 (HBO Asia Original “The World Between Us”, “Family Time”).

    This series is produced in partnership with Good Image with support from The Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Taipei Film Commission and Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation.

    HBO Asia started producing Original productions in 2012. To date, HBO Asia has aired 16 Original productions including award-winning series, movies and documentaries such as HBO Asia’s first Japanese drama series MISS SHERLOCK; the network’s first original documentary, THE TALWARS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; its first Chinese language drama series, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC; two seasons of the network’s dark fantasy series HALFWORLDS; and a horror mini-series, GRACE.

    Later this year, HBO Asia will premiere the second season of the award-winning series, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC; a brand-new anthology series FOOD LORE, heartfelt stories told against the backdrop of Asian cuisine, as well as INVISIBLE STORIES, a drama series about the extraordinary stories hidden behind ordinary people.

    HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (For Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (For Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO which is exclusively available to SKY subscribers. To subscribe, call 418-0000 or your local SKY office or visit www.mysky.com.ph.

    Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

    Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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