March 27, 2016

Dong Juan, Quezon City

Have you ever wondered who the real Lola Basyang is?

Lola Basyang is actually the nom de plume of the late Don Severino Reyes, the father of the Tagalog zarzuela and the founder of the now-defunct Liwayway Magazine, where Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang first regularly appeared. He and his wife Maria Paz were blessed with 17 children – a norm then but still would look like a blatant insult to China’s one-child policy. His family used to live in an ancestral home in Quezon City that is now converted into Dong Juan, a Cebu home-grown restaurant that serves delicious comfort food.






Lemon iced tea

Gambas al ajillo pasta

Dong Juan’s all-meat special

Ice cream burger


Portrait of Don Severino Reyes



This is the home of Lola Basyang and yet I couldn’t even find a copy of Rosamistica.

Dong Juan
#72 Mother Ignacia Ave. cor. Sct. Reyes
Paligsahan, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 374-0265
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