The role of Alex Gonzaga's boyfriend in her milk-tea business

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Happy Cup is the first business venture of Alex and Toni (not in photo) Gonzaga. The former's boyfriend Mikee Morada has a special role.


Brewing up in Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, is a pop-up milk-tea store called Happy Cup.

Its proud owners: showbiz sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga.

Toni told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the opening and blessing of their store last August 12, "It used to be called Deja Brew, but we said we wanted a larger market for it that can also cater to kids.

"So we thought of a name that's catchier and easier to say.

"That's why we changed it to Happy Cup, which we think has better recall.

"And we made a conscious effort to establish it here at ABS-CBN since ABS is also our second home."

ROLE OF PARTNERS. The two hosts have been very hands-on, and are grateful for they support of their respective beaus.

Paul Soriano, according to his wife, "does not meddle."

She added, "Taster lang siya."

Alex's boyfriend Mikee Morada owns the lot where the store is situated.

Toni said, "He gave us a special price, but eventually, it'll still go back to the real price.

"Actually, when the business was presented to us, parang every thing fell into place.

"There was already an available place, the stocks, every thing really just fell into place.

"We said, since we prayed over it, maybe it was really meant for us."

SOLD-OUT. To those who have plans of dropping by one of these days, Toni reminded that it's not meant to become a tambayan.

"This is our first pop-up store, so it's not like a cafe shop where you can hang out or make tambay.

"It's really a drink na you buy and you go for take-out.

"We put some chairs also so people can sit while waiting just in case there's lots of customers."

Despite still being on their soft-opening stage, they two have been enjoying brisk sales.

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"We're sold-out," Toni exclaimed. "Nakakahiya, kasi siyempre tine-test pa lang namin yung concept. But at least, we already felt what it was like being in full swing."

How do the sisters decide on their division of labor?

Toni ended, “I must admit, we really have to be super hands-on here.

“I realized that it's hard pala, compared to our usual showbiz work.

“From start to finish, there's a lot of problems during the operation that we really need to address right away.”


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