KA TUNYING - BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony Taberna or also known as Ka Tunying is one of the well-known TV hosts and radio commentators on ABS-CBN today.

However, what makes him more outstanding is how loving he is as a father and as a husband. Despite his hectic schedule, he makes sure that he spends quality time with his family. They travel, go on food trips together and celebrate each other's successes.

For starters, Anthony Taberna, who’s also known by his broadcast moniker Tunying, has named the restaurant after his late father, Antonio Taberna Sr. “S’ya talaga ’yong Tunying. Junior n’ya ako,” says the ABS-CBN talent who anchors the radio programs Tapatan ni Tunying and Dos Por Dos (along with fellow commentator Gerry Baja), as well as co-hosting the TV show Umagang Kay Ganda.


KA TUNYING THE BREADWINNER


KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony's father is a bus driver who provides for him and his six siblings, three of whom are older than him. The middle child chipped in by selling small items like the saluyot stalks he’d gather from a rice field near their place in San Antonio, a town in Nueva Ecija. Other times, he would climb coconut trees and pick leaves that he’d turn into walis tingting. Anthony now believed it was these experiences that gave him a business acumen at an early age.

On his second year as a Mass Communications student at New Era University (he was 17), Anthony started working as a news writer at the DZEC radio station. He focused on his work on radio especially when he became the family’s breadwinner, following his father’s stroke. He eventually moved to DZMM and its mother network, ABS-CBN, where he gained popularity as a reporter, commentator, and anchor.


KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony's entrepreneurial spirit was awakened when the original Tunying died in August 2002. “No’ng namatay ’yong tatay ko, sabi ko, hindi naman uubra na magtatrabaho ako ’tapos magpapadala ako sa kanila,” he recalled. He needed a way to continue supporting his family back in Nueva Ecija. 

Putting up a bakery was a suggestion among the family members. “Actually, mahilig lang kaming kumain ng tinapay pero wala namang marunong gumawa ng tinapay,” he points out, chuckling. Nevertheless they opened a small bakery in their place and called it Ka Tunying’s Tinapay, Kape, at Iba Pa (which was later renamed Tunying’s Bread).


FINDING HIS FOREVER

When Anthony’s broadcasting career was gaining momentum and his family business was picking up, he met his future wife, whose maiden name is Rossel Velasco. They were introduced by a common friend and fellow Iglesia ni Cristo member.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.
“Unang kita n’ya pa lang sa akin, na-in love kaagad, e. Masisisi mo ba naman ’yon? Sabi n’ya, ‘Dito na giginhawa ang buhay ko.’”
“Ang totoo no’n, bago ko pa siya makilala, mabilis ako magbago ng desisyon, e. Ang average length lang ano ng relationship ko e three months. Magulo, magulo ’ko. Hindi masyadong tumatagal. Sabi ko, kailangan ko ng…Kasi during that time, ’yong nakilala ko s’ya, 2005, I was 30 years old. E ang pangarap ko, dapat 30 years old, may asawa. So, sabi ko, dapat ayusin ko ’to. 
KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

By the time they became boyfriend-girlfriend, Anthony was 31, and Rossel was 21. While he had already established his career, Rossel was still building hers. She tried her luck in showbiz by auditioning to GMA-7’s reality TV artista search, StarStruck, in the same batch that produced eventual winners, Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica. Though Rossel didn’t make the cut, she found work as a cast member in the Kapuso network’s comedy prank show, Bitoy’s Funniest Videos. She stayed on the now defunct show for more than three years.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony and Rossel tied the knot on January 14, 2008. They now have two children, both girls, namely Zoey, 8, and Helga, 7. They also consider their restaurant, Ka Tunying’s Café, their baby.


HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Anthony, remembers the time when the bakery that he put up in Nueva Ecija was supplying pieces of bread to big stores in Metro Manila. “Hassle ’yong transportation, ’yong logistics, and everything,” he points out. “Nakaisip kami [ni Rossel] no’ng latter part ng 2014 na maghanap ng lote or kaya nagpapaupa, pagawa na kami ng bakeshop dito sa Metro Manila.”

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

He and his wife found the perfect spot along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City to sell baked products. Then they started serving hot meals through an all-day breakfast fare, which became a hit among their patrons. Sensing they had a winner in their hands, they expanded the menu to include dishes from Anthony’s home province.

The bakery formally became a full-service restaurant with the birth of Ka Tunying’s Café in August 2015. A year later, the owners opened a branch on Timog Avenue, also in Quezon City, and soon after, another branch at the Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony says his wife Rossel takes up 70 percent in running the restaurant. 
“Brand lang ako, e,” he explains. “Ako nga ang trabaho ko lang dito, mascot. Mabuti nga meron ng Tonton na ganyan [official mascot]. Pupunta ka sa store, makikipag-kuwentuhan ka sa guest, magpapa-picture. Pero aside from those wala na, e. Si Rossel na talaga. Siya ’yong think-tank. ’Yong painter nga dito, siya.
KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony counts the ways why running a business with his wife bolters their almost 10-year marriage. 
“Una, magkasama kami sa opisina, ’tapos, hanggang sa matutulog na kami, nagi-stratigize pa kami. ’Yon bang pagka me pagkakataon na iko-connect mo sa negosyo ang pinagu-usapan n’yo na personal. 
“Nakakatuwa, nakakabuo kami ng mga ideas together kahit nakahiga na kayo. Imagine kung walang ganitong negosyo, ang pinagu-usapan namin ’yong negosyo n’ya sa Outbox at ’yong trabaho ko. Okay rin naman ’yon pero mas maganda kung magkapareho ang ginagawa namin.”
KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

He explains further how and why marriage and business can mix in their case. 
“Ako kasi, kuwan ako, magaling akong taga-pakinig. Maganda na maging consultative lagi ang mga decisions. Meaning, as a couple running this kind of business, especially so that we invest a lot in this kind of business… 
“So, sabi ko, kung magkakamali man tayo, dapat, maliliit na pagkakamali lang. At gano’n din naman s’ya. Sabi n’ya sa ’kin, ‘Bago natin desisyunan e pag-isipan nating mabuti.’ Napakaimportante that the husband listens to his wife, and the wife listens to her husband." 
KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.

Anthony adds that their business discussions don’t affect their marital decisions. 
“Ano ako, magaling akong tigasunod. Pagka sinabi ng misis ko, okey agad ako, lalo na pag diskarte sa bata, kung saan maga-aral, o kung sa’n pupunta, o ano ang gagawin. Okay ako, wala kaming pinaga-awayan. Kaya nga nagtatawanan kami, e. Sabi ko, ‘Ang pinaga-awayan natin, ibang tao at negosyo, e.’ Alam mo ’yong maga-away kami, halimbawa ’yong isang driver namin dati, ang dami ng utang. Ako naman si kulokoy, pautang nang pautang na hindi pa nakakabayad sa dating utang, sasabihin [ni Rossel], ‘Inaabuso ka na n’yan, e!’ Sasabihin ko, ‘E kailangan ng tao, e.’ Ang paga-away namin, tungkol sa ibang tao pero ’yong sa amin, sa aming dalawa, issues namin, wala, e.” 
He gives a knowing smile and announces: “Pa’no naman, ano pa ang hahanapin n’ya sa akin? Sige nga! Guwapo na ’ko, may sense of humor, macho-nurin.”


Ka Tunying’s Café has two branches in Quezon City (at #88 Visayas Avenue and on the ground floor of Caswynn Building on Timog Avenue) and one in Pasay City (on Level 4 of NAIA’s Terminal 3). 


KA TUNYING -  BREADWINNER, LOVING HUSBAND, and AN OUTSTANDING FATHER - Mainspire sa Life Story Niya.



Ako at si Rossel ay kapwa ipinanganak sa Iglesia ni Cristo. INC din ang aming mga magulang. Pati na ang aming mga lola't lolo. Pero hindi lamang ito ang dahilan kaya kami ay namamalagi sa relihiyong ito. Una ay dahil sa awa ng Diyos - na kahit may pagkakamali at pagkakasala, nagpapaumanhin Siya. Na kahit bugbog-sarado rin sa pagsubok at problema at saka andyan pa ang mga pang-uupat, pang-iinsulto at pang-uusig - umaalalay Siya kaya hindi natutumba. Wala kaming minanang kayamanan mula sa aming mga ama't-ina subalit ang mamulat kami sa ganitong pananampalataya ay sobra-sobra pa sa pinakamalaking ari-arian o yaman na puwedeng Mamana. Pero huwag ninyong ipagkamali na kaya lang kami andito ay para ituloy ang nasimulan ng aming mga ninuno. Ang totoo, nung ako'y binata pa...dumating ang isang panahon na ako'y nagsimba at nagsuri sa aral ng ibang relihiyon pero 'yun pa ang naging daan upang lalong tumingkad, lalong nagningning ang mga aral na Diyos na aking sinasampalatayanan sa loob ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Oo, Magkakaiba tayo ng paniniwala. Kung puwede lang na hilahin ko kayo para suriin ang mga aral ng DIYOS na tinutukoy ko. Sana maakit po kayo sa aral na pawang nakasulat sa Bibliya, sana dumating din ang pagkakataon na tayo ay maging magkasama. Sa mga kapatid ko naman sa Iglesia, patuloy po tayong magpakasigla. Ang paningin natin ay dapat nakatuon sa gantimpala doon sa dulo. Huwag tayong magagambala. Kahit ano pa ang mangyari, kahit ano pa ang hadlang at pag-uusig... huwag tayong matitinag dahil ang Diyos ay kakampi natin. "Kung hindi ang Panginoon ay naging kakampi natin, nang ang mga tao ay magsibangon laban sa atin: Nilamon nga nila sana tayong buhay, nang ang kanilang poot ay mangagalab laban sa atin" (Awit 124:2-3) Mula po sa aking buong pamilya, binabati ko po kayo mga kapatid ng Happy 103rd Anniversary. ❤️❤️❤️ #purihinAngPanginoon #inc103🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 #foreverINC #forevergrateful #onewithEVM @rosseltaberna
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Kahit saan magpunta, basta't kasama Kita. Hindi ako mapapagod basta't andyan ka. ❤️❤️❤️ Salamat kina Daddy Lando at Mamita Malou dahil hinubog nila para maging mabuting tao ka. Isa kang napakabuting anak, kapatid, kaibigan at boss. Higit sa lahat, salamat sa Panginoong Diyos dahil ibinigay ka Niya sa akin para maging aking asawa at ina ng ating mga anak. Alam na alam ko na kung gaano ka kaganda ay gayun din ang puso mo. Maligayang Kaaarawan sa iyo Beb. Nawa'y ikaw ang pinakamasaya ngayon. Kung anoman ang aking pagkukulang sa maraming bagay, sana'y mapunuan ko dahil you deserve to be the happiest. I'm the luckiest to have you. At ikaw naman ang luckiestEST because you have me 😂😂😂😂 Aylabyu Beb ❤️❤️❤️🎂🎂🎂🎂 Walang araw na maaaring lumipas sa buhay ko na hindi kita kasama sa anumang paraan. Partners tayo. Magkasama, kahit saan ka pumunta. Kahit saan ako pumunta. Hawakan ko kamay mo. Iloveu forever. Wag ka na ulit magkakasakit ha? 💪#birthdaygirl #partners #lovers # friends #mayForever @rosseltaberna 
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