Spurring discussions about love
Love Cafe Project is a collection of narratives that hope to spark conversations on love—and by love, we don't simply mean the romantic kind. We believe that, to understand the nature of love, we need to look at its different types and how we, as human beings, express them.
Initially a cycle of four one-act plays by Filipino playwright and author, Dr. Joem Antonio, Love Cafe Project has now expanded into more stories and other media.
Napakaselan ng Gabi
A One-Act Play
Limang taon na ang nakalilipas nang tumigil mag-aral si Matt para mapagtapos si Arie. Ngayong gabi, biglang mababalitaan ni Matt na may boyfriend na si Arie—si Jess, ang best friend ni Matt.
The Dust in Your Place / Ang Alikabok sa Kusina
A One-Act Play (adapted into film)
A comic strip artist must tell her writer what’s plaguing his relationships with other girls… even if it may be at the cost of their own friendship.
The Dust in Your Place won the Second Prize for the One-Act Play in English category at the 2012 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.
Newspaper Dance / Bangko ni Noe
A One-Act Play
A couple break up only to find themselves, twenty minutes later, stranded in the same waiting shed on a stormy evening.
Newspaper Dance won the Third Prize for the One-Act Play in English category at the 2008 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards.
A full-length play
The end of relationships can be a very messy business. A man and a woman visit exesanonymous.com as means to deal with their respective relationships. While they might not find the closure they seek, there is a chance that they find catharsis in the stories they find.
exesanonymous.com won the Second Prize for the Full-length Play in English category at the 2016 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. An excerpt of the play was staged during the awards night.
The Dust in Your Place at Cinemalaya 17
The film adaptation of The Dust in Your Place made it as a finalist in Cinemalaya 2021.
Watch it online: KTX - Cinemalaya 2021 Group B
Starring: Boo Gabunada, Chaye Mogg
Directed by: David Olson
Executive Producers: Warren Allen and Michael Stamati
Written by: Joem Antonio
Produced by: Joaquin Coromina and Andrew Ramsay
Assistant Director/UPM: Mich Dela Cruz
Director of Photography: JC Gellidon
Production Design: Katrish Aristoki and Crew
Script Supervisor: Alex Fuentes
Production Assistance by: Martina Petines and James Joseph Younghusband
Edited by: David Olson and Sebastian Olvídelo
Original Score by: Miguel Abella
Color Grade and Sound Design by: David Olson
Behind the Scenes: Leo Gabriel
If you'd like to use the above material for anything other than personal reading, please ask for permission from Dr. Joem Antonio. You may send him an email at info at lovecafeproject.com.