Can you feel that summer sizzle? It’s so hot out—summer must be here! Yesteryear, kids would be looking forward to their holidays, adults would be looking forward to their vacation leave,
and everyone would be looking forward to some rest & relaxation.
Nowadays though, the rising temperatures give us a little bit of anxiety as we battle through climate change. Nevertheless,
there are a dozen ways to beat the heat—and a cold, calming drink is a great immediate solution.
Who doesn’t love a nice, tall, and comforting milk tea? The cold versions are soothing and incredibly tasty—plus they come in all sorts of different flavors—so every experience turns into a virtual exploration of the milk tea world.
You get something new with every encounter, while still savoring that comforting and familiar feeling of a delicious, fun, and cool milk tea.
For most people, the heat is particularly difficult to battle after a nice full lunch—because that’s when it gets hard to keep your eyelids open! Did you know that Kombucha has all sorts of health benefits
that include helping you digest your food? The drink, which is best served chilled, is a probiotic and a tea—that means it keeps you awake, fights candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, improves mental clarity,
and stabilizes your mood. Nowadays Kombucha comes in a variety of different flavors, making it not just a boring health drink, but something delicious to pair with a quick snack.
When happy hour rolls around, chances are the sun is about to disappear for the day, making temperatures a little more bearable—but summer is still scorching no matter what time it is! What better way to indulge
yourself than fresh and fruity sangria? The drink is mild and light, making it the perfect summertime happy hour beverage, and a great companion to a plate of chubby white Gambas al Ajillo! That would make us pretty happy at the end of our hour.
What about you? What are your go-to drinks to cool down the hot summer temperatures?
With every season comes new challenges, new ideas, new opportunities to adapt. Molito Commercial Center is no ordinary strip mall simply because it is eager to adapt alongside its customers
for serving their needs, in both the culinary and lifestyle aspect, is top priority. Molito enthusiastically caters to the specific and special needs of its patrons,
changing when they do, adapting to their requirements, appealing to their lifestyles. And every time a change is made, whether it’s as soft as a whisper or as loud as a drum beat, Molito remains elegant, luxurious, and endless, positively, fun.
For four months, the little garden beside Omakase was the tiny hubbub of the literary, the educated, the curious, and the poetic. The Book Stop, the corporate social responsibility project of WTA Architects, touched the lives of the Southerners through its quiet little advocacy. The humble—but beautifully constructed—little book shop encouraged people to sit inside and relax, to bring their Starbucks coffee and browse through the book selections; to donate books and to take books without charge; to listen to live poetry and participate in open mic nights; to watch movies and sing along with the band; to express yourself and appreciate the expression and passion of others; and, perhaps most touching of all, to consider the less fortunate.
Bring a Book, Get a Book
The Book Stop’s premise was that all of the books inside were for free. The little structure didn’t have any doors or gates; it was open to the public 24/7, and encouraged all and sundry to come on in and take shelter from the sun, to be alone with a book, to find your books a new home, or to just sit and enjoy the company of the whispers in the pages of each book that lived in the Book Stop. All sorts of books were available, either pre-existing care of the charming and friendly librarian, “Te” Ng, or donated by Southerners. Every once in a while Te would find heaps of books lying on the seats or floors of the Book Stop, donations from people who were interested in finding their books new “friends” and owners—and even though the generous givers could have taken books away in exchange, somehow the Book Stop became a conduit for generosity and would occasionally overflow with the literary word. The little place brought out the best in people.
Fun In Learning The Book Stop threw a bundle of events that quickly turned it into a favorite among the young and young at heart. Every little event had a literary aspect to it—to coincide with the Book Stop’s support of literacy.
The children of Almanza Elementary found a home in the Book Stop, where they would gather on select Sunday mornings to read to one another and be read to by a narrator. This continued on to last Christmas, when voice actors and theater
actors gathered to regale kids of the wonder of Christmastime—including a beautiful rendition of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas by celebrated stage personality, Jamie Wilson. The Book Stop even sponsored a graphic novel signing with a
few local authors—proof that local talent is on the rise and that Filipinos are just as gifted as our Western counterparts! The Alingawngaws, a young jazz band, cut their teeth at the Book Stop as well, through the showing of the classic
Filipino film, Kidlat Tahimik, which the band scored live and on-the-spot in a spontaneous and beautiful performance.
Seen and Heard
The Book Stop was also responsible for giving the youth a voice. In this day of social media, watching the youth go offline to brave the scrutiny of a live audience was nothing short of inspiring.
Many young people took to the microphone to sing, to beat box, or to recite their own poetry, in both fluent English and lyrical Tagalog. The atmosphere was supportive and encouraging; the audience
cried along with the heartbreak, growled along with the anger of rejection, laughed along with the ironic pains of millennial life, and smiled along with the butterflies-in-your-stomach craziness of young love.
The Book Stop proved that the future is bright with support, encouragement, and—to quote their generation—good vibes.
Every once in a while, Te would find random notes in the Book Stop—little love letters left behind by fans and supporters of the Book Stop—inserted into the pages of a book, stuck in the nooks and crannies of a bench,
scribbled hurriedly on the black boards inside the library. One left such a big impact she was moved to share the note with us: “For all who are curious…This is the place where I go when I am sad and feel like you’re not one of them.
For people who feel they do not belong.” Books do not judge, they do not exclude; for literature, and indeed, the Book Stop itself, you are accepted, you belong, and you need never be sad. The advocacy of the Book Stop may have been to promote literacy,
but it appears they are promoting so much more than love of books; they promote things like camaraderie, generosity, and tolerance of others.
Do you feel it? Can you hear it? Can you taste it? Molito is changing, and the change is tangible.
It’s not just the ambient jazzy chill music, or the gentle nip in the air, or the perfectly manicured grass, or the fun activities like Pororo the Penguin and workshops at Molito 3 and Chinese New Year dragon dances.
It probably has something to do with the good vibes that spread through the air in Molito. How you go from one end to another, from Draft to Omakase, and chances are you’ll bump into someone you know.
How it’s just so hard to leave Molito because there’s always something going on and people to say hi to and stuff to eat.
Molito is in flux. That’s how Molito is. It’s always changing and growing and morphing, because it’s so interested in what its customers have to say. And they said they wanted more places to eat and drink and hang out. So Molito said yes.
Introducing the Lifestyle Extension—the New Block on the…well, block. Fronted by Parmigiano, the fantastic Italian restaurant where pasta is flambéed for your pleasure, and taken up by Galerie Roberto and Exchange Alley Coffee House,
the Lifestyle Extension is an extension of all the things people have come to love about Molito. Fresh open space, quality establishments, a terrific fountain, and that same old chill happy vibe.
Stop by Parmigiano and try the Pasta Parmigiano—cream-based pasta flambéed in a parmesan cheese wheel. In itself, this is already a spectacle; the pasta is impeccable! (And, in our personal opinion,
best paired with the strawberry panna cotta!) The staff is friendly and personable, so stepping into Parmigiano is like going to the house of a good friend (who happens to cook really well!).
Right next door is Alabang’s new Favorite, Miyazaki. Come early to get a seat each lunch and dinner—and on weekends, it’s advisable to eat a really early dinner—because it’s really that popular.
The tempura and teppanyaki, the Emperor Soup and noodle selections, the sukiyaki and donburi, the soft and fresh sushi and sashimi—it’s enough to create an immediate fan of anybody.
The Playground is the favorite of Molito’s darling Wee Ones, who have found a corner to call their own. With floor-to-ceiling slides, seesaws, ball pits, and many more, the place is the perfect venue for young energy to let loose and young muscles to be exerted.
Puzzles is right next door—for the Wee Ones when they’re not so wee anymore. The café is stocked with some well-loved games like Jenga, Scrabble, and Monopoly—but also some really intriguing new ones
from puzzle games to strategy games to word games to just good-ole-fun card games for groups. The café gets really loud with the squeals and giggles of the young and young-at-heart—definitely an energetic and vibrant café!
Galerie Roberto meanwhile is quite the opposite—the white expanse and high ceilings is usually calm and undisturbed, with aficionados analyzing and appreciating the regular exhibits from painters and sculptors.
Their exhibit nights are lovely, with free-flowing wine and live bossa nova—the best way to enjoy an exhibit, in our opinion! Aficionados wander around, discussing the art with the artists, meeting fellow aficionados, and all in all enjoying themselves.
Right next door to Galerie is the petite—and powerful!—Exchange Alley Coffee House. This British-inspired coffee nook is a staple in the Molito community for its friendly owners, who are knowledgeable of coffee to PhD level!
Their third wave coffee is best paired with the (ridiculously sinful and incredibly delectable) mocha mousse cake (which is so good you’ll forget your name) and the rum balls (be careful, they’re alcoholic)!
That said though—their menu is expansive and offers everything from breakfast to hearty meals to snacks.
Stay tuned for more tenants opening up at the Extension!
In addition to the Lanzhou style hand-pulled noodles and specialty cold appetizers to pair your noodle dish with, Chairman Wang also offers carefully selected dishes from all over China to give you the authenticity barely found. The Northern Style Lamb dumplings, Poached Fish Fillet with Assorted Mushrooms in spicy Szechuan broth and black pepper on iron plate are just some of the sumptuous dishes in the menu, meticulously conceptualized by Chinese and local master chefs.