Remember the Palanca award-winning play I told you guys about? Well, I finally got to watch it last Saturday in Third Cup Cafe, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Oh yes! This usually Makati-Pasay girl went all the way to east side of town to catch the media night with Ryan.

This is an interesting photo wall! What kind of bitter are you? This was my pick:

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I probably shouldn’t have been smiling on this photo. Bitter nga e! But I couldn’t help it. I was so excited to watch the play! 

After almost a year, Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter is back! And definitely worth watching all you coffee lovers out there! 

KBC is the longest-running show presented by Arts and Culture Asia (ACASIA), a non-profit oranization aimed at cultivating the crafts of thespians and showcasing their talents across different venues. The play is held in its natural setting, a coffee shop, and the audience are made to feel like they’re eavesdropping on a conversation! Why? Well, because there’s no stage! It’s not your typical play where the cast performs in front while the audience are comfortably seated. They’re basically everywhere – at the table next to yours or behind you! 

Meet the cast of Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. My favorite characters were Anna (the woman with the glasses) and Joel (guy in red).

They’re a group of friends who love drinking coffee but they don’t believe in love (or so they claim) because deep down, each one is dying to experience being loved. Read my previous post about KBC to know more about the characters. 

I thought Joel and Anna’s love story is cute. I thought they had chemistry. The way these two interacted with each other during the play – well they made me laugh and they made me feel kilig too. Oh and I love Joel’s quips here! For instance: 

Anna: Ano ba trip mo?
Joel: Ikaw

Anna: Ano ba tingin mo sakin ha?
Joel: Diyosa. 

The lines itself are cheesy, really but the way it was delivered – the timing and all, bumenta sakin! Haha! While I’d love to tell you more about how it goes, I won’t because that would spoil it anymore and I want you guys to go see it for yourselves! 

This is Juan Ekis, the writer and director of the play. He is previously known for his other Palanca winning play “Twenty Questions”. My hats off to you Mr. Ekis for being able to write such a great story! 

Ryan and I were able to relate to the barkada in KBC – not because we don’t believe in love – but one, because we’re coffee lovers ourselves (well, I’m more a coffee-drinker; Ryan is the certified coffee lover) and we too love conversations over coffee. And personally, I like taking my dates in a coffee shop because I like a guy that I can talk to. And I do mean talk. No awkward silence allowed! That’s a deal breaker. 

In the spirit of watching a play about people who love drinking coffee, Ryan and I ordered coffee drinks too. I had the Banoffee Frappe. I thought it was a good drink – sweet tasting which is all that matters to me! 

We both enjoyed the play. Well worth the trip! And I am so glad that Pieces of Liz, this blog of mine, is a media partner! 

Anyhow, catch the play on its first official run on September 6 at Third Cup Cafe, one of the premier, go-to coffee shops in Rosa Alvero Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.  Tickets are at Php500 each with 1 free drink. For reservations, email or call/text them at +63 908 432 8837. 

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