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‘Promdi’ in Anthony Taberna remains


JUST A THOUGHT: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. – Romans 15:7

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TABERNA FRONTING GMA: By sheer coincidence, ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna is compelled to keep referring to rival network GMA-7 in his spiels on and off air.

Taberna’s new business venture, a branch of his pioneering Ka Tunying Café on Visayas Avenue, has opened the other day along Timog Avenue right in front of GMA, also in Quezon City.

On his popular “Dos Por Dos” afternoon program on DZMM, Tunying makes mention of his new 80-seater café restaurant that specializes in Nueva Ecijano food favorites such as batutay (jamonado longaniza), daing na galunggong, sinigang na ulo ng salmon sa kamias, etc.

He doesn’t forget saying that by way of a landmark, it is situated across from the gate of GMA. Happily, DZMM doesn’t seem to mind. Food doesn’t have anything to do with ratings, after all.

Ka Tunying Café held its grand opening on Aug. 15 with stars and fellow broadcasters in attendance. We spotted Kris Aquino, Karen Davila, Mike Enriquez, Amy Perez, among others.

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BAKERY-COFFEE SHOP: Ka Tunying’s Café started out as bakery-coffee shop when it opened its first restaurant on Visayas Avenue, QC in 2015.

Bakery business is no stranger to Taberna and his family. Their parents tended a bakery business that saw them through when they were young.

Anthony planned to distribute the family’s bread products in Manila.

He found the business tedious. He figured it would be easier if he baked the breads in Metro Manila instead of importing them from Nueva Ecija.

Thus was born his very own bakery-café business. The coffee shop soon expanded to also include breakfast and merienda favorites.

Anthony’s wife, Roselle, says their formula is simple.

“We offer comfort food. We have also tweaked Filipino dishes.’’

Noticeable on the menu are the regular mention of tinapa and tuyo in several of the dishes. They turn out to be Anthony’s favorites, proof that the provinciano in the popular broadcaster has remained inside of him throughout the years. (NESTOR CUARTERO)