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The contestants of Diageo Philippines World Class 2016 with Tim Etherington-Judge and Diageo Reserve Philippines Luxury Manager Mari Ona

Diageo Reserve Philippines opens world’s most renowned bartending program and competition for 21 Bartender of the Year hopefuls

Philippines, 9 February 2016 – Sago pearls, soy milk, hazelnut liqueur, and a shot of one of the world’s finest vodkas—these are the elements that compose a new take on a local street favorite, taho.

The taho cocktail, along with new interpretations of Filipino staples such as samalamig, is a new creation designed by Filipino bartenders trained under the banner of Diageo Reserve World Class, the cocktail industry’s most renowned and respected mixology competition worldwide. The creation of these new craft cocktails stands as testament to the skill, craftsmanship, and creativity of the Philippines’ new bartending industry. With such talent, the country is on the brink of making a dent in the world stage.



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After a landmark performance from the Philippines in the last year, Diageo Reserve World Class is back to usher in a new era for the country and its bartending community, dubbed Manila’s Golden Age of Cocktails.


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This new golden age is set to take off after the growth that the local bartending community has experienced since the World Class program was introduced to the country in 2013. With more craft cocktail establishments surfacing all over the metro and with bartenders gaining more exposure and experience, the Philippines has been identified as a contender in the global craft cocktail community. This was made evident through the country’s first challenge win by 2015 Bartender of the Year Kenneth Bandivas in the Diageo Reserve Global Finals in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Bandivas, along with past year’s local winners Yoma Rivera and AK Roxas, displayed their craftsmanship, skill, and creativity as honed by the World Class program through Manila-themed craft cocktails patterned after local street favorites such as taho and samalamig served at the launch of Diageo Reserve World Class 2016, held last February 9 under the roof of Whitespace Manila.


Bulleit Global Ambassador Tim Etherington-Judge

At the event, top personalities from Manila’s culinary, art, fashion, business, and entertainment scenes all gathered to welcome this new era for Philippine bartending, spearheaded by Diageo Reserve World Class.

A space that was transformed into a living time capsule that housed the sights, sounds, and flavors of Manila’s past and present aptly welcomed the emergence of Manila’s Golden Age of Cocktails—against the backdrop of the beloved city’s most iconic bits and pieces of history in art, film, music, architecture, and fashion.




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Guests bore witness to the unfolding of what is expected to be an exciting year for the country’s new roster of bartenders from the country’s finest bartending establishments, who will be stepping up to the plate to compete for a chance to represent the country at this year’s Global Final Competition in Miami, Florida. These bartenders were formally presented that evening, namely:

  1. Aldrin Ivan Ancheta from The Curator
  2. Clayton Paul Munar from Buddha Bar
  3. Ian Osillo from The Exit
  4. Sean Carlo de Vera from Mandalay
  5. Lester Jones Egurrola Ligon from ABV
  6. Kenneth Lloyd Misagal from ABV
  7. James Ortiz from Raffles Long Bar
  8. Byron Damatan Mayo from Las Flores
  9. Michael Tubiera from Rambla
  10. Jason Hussien Ali from Niner Ichi Nana
  11. Christopher Antonio from M Café
  12. Ichiro Nagasawa from Sage, Shangri-la Makati
  13. Christopher Bayon from Revel
  14. Alvin Delos Reyes from Hooch
  15. Cedric Petrasanta Cello from Smith Butcher and Grill Room
  16. Guillermo Natividad III from Solaire Resort and Casino
  17. Jesus Emmanuel Salvador Saludo from Solaire Resort and Casino
  18. Reymart Nolasco Dela Cruz from City of Dreams
  19. Nino Jayson Cruz from City of Dreams
  20. Mark Quilaton from Sofitel
  21. Mike Ople from Desiderata Lounge



In the next few months, these bartenders will be competing in a series of qualifying heats and finals to determine which among these 21 representatives will be going on to compete in the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year Finals in Miami, Florida, where the world’s best bartenders will pit their skills, impeccable techniques, and knowledge against each other in front of the cognoscenti of the global bartending industry.

“The growth that we have been seeing over the past 3 years in the craft cocktail and bartending industry has been a pleasant surprise,” shares Marie Ona, Diageo Reserve Philippines Luxury Manager. “Year on year, the Philippines seems to be bringing more to the table in approaching the competition. We have been seeing real talent within the industry, and that talent is being further honed and supported—making the Philippines a force to be reckoned with approaching the future of fine drinking experiences. We’re excited to shine the spotlight on these talented men and women to show the world what the Filipino bartender has to offer.”

Diageo Reserve also flew in Bulleit Global Ambassador Tim Etherington-Judge, who conducted special mentoring sessions during the launch event. In his welcome remarks, Judge shared that certain Filipino sensibilities have indeed primed this year’s roster of contenders for the upcoming competition. “In my time here so far, I’ve noticed a different sense of care from these Filipino bartenders. What they’ve said about Filipino hospitality being of an entirely different level is true. That service I’ve received so far contributes a great deal to each bartender’s performance. On top of creativity and precision, good service is the backbone of good bartending,” shared Etherington-Judge. “The upcoming competition will put all that to the test, and it’s entirely up to these 21 representatives how they’re going to show the rest of the world what the Philippines has showed me.”


Now on its 8th year globally, World Class continues to elevate the craft, innovation, and creativity within the cocktail industry. “World Class helps build careers in the industry and has been instrumental in changing the lives of the next generation of bartending talent.”



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Dolce & Gabbana Bags for ZALORA


A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year. Rose Quartz  matching with Dolce & Gabbana Bag collection.

Photographed by Miguel Alomajan

Styled by Argie Salango

Hair & Makeup by Theresa Padin

Model: Inna Gavrylenko at Ideal People Management


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As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.


The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.


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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Celebrity Casts

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DECEMBER 2, 2015 – HONG KONG – The highly-rated reality competition series Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM) on StarWorld, FOX International Channels’ (FIC) leading TV entertainment destination for chic and stylish women, is back with season 4.  Filming has begun with a talented celebrity cast, consisting of Cindy Bishop as host, Kelly Tandiono as model mentor and Yu Tsai as Creative Director.  In addition to mentoring and helping the new group of contestants grow into world-class modelling professionals, the three celebrities will make up the judging panel each week along with renowned guest judges throughout the season. Continue reading

‘ANTM’ Wrap Calls its Quit


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After 22 cycles of trauma-inducing challenges, Tyra-isms and DRAMA, America’s Next Top Model is calling it quits. RIP goals and dreams of D-grade models who want to be F-grade celebrities everywhere.

Tyra announced the #ironic wrap of ANTM on her Twitter today and we are legitimately sad because we’ll miss all the ridiculous shit that goes down on the world’s flashiest version of the franchise.

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Don’t be shy because I was really shy. You have to be confident and just do what you want.” – read more here


Photographed byMiguel Alomajan

Styled by Quayn Pedroso

Hair and makeup:Sydney Helmsley 

Interview by Coyi Gorostiza 

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CARLO LEE for Z Mag Online Photographed by Miguel Alomajan

CARLO LEE for Z Magazine Online

CARLO LEE for Z Magazine Online

Photographed by Miguel Alomajan

Styled by Quayn Pedroso

Grooming: Sydney Helmsley 

Interview by Coyi Gorostiza

The road to becoming a renowned model isn’t always glamorous and easy. We’ve heard of success stories and, of course, stories that prove modeling is not just a strut down the catwalk. But if you’ve got the right mix of looks, personality, drive, and talent like these up-and-coming models, then you’re all set for a fashion industry takeover…

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Awaken your bad girl style with these anti-fashion inspired monochrome looks styled by Zalora stylists Argie Salango, Christopher Chavez and Coyi Gorostiza, with the power plum ombre  lip trend by Theresa Padin.

Photographed by Miguel Alomajan

Model: Sirene Sutton



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Costa Coffee is Now in The Philippines!


Have your cup designed with different London-themed latte art.

Have your cup designed with different London-themed latte art.

Get your #LondonStyle cup with Costa Coffee's different British inspired latte art

Get your #LondonStyle cup with Costa Coffee’s different British inspired latte art

Costa Coffee's Frostinos, Caramel Latte Cream, Belgian Chocolate Cream Frostino, and their famous Flat White

Costa Coffee’s Frostinos, Caramel Latte Cream, Belgian Chocolate Cream Frostino, and their famous Flat White

Mocha Italia Chocolate Cake

Mocha Italia Chocolate Cake

Peppered Beef Steak in Crusty Potato Bread

Peppered Beef Steak in Crusty Potato Bread

Strawberry Pavlova Frostino

Strawberry Pavlova Frostino

Bristish Carrot Cake

Bristish Carrot Cake

Costa Coffee is famous for its Flat White coffee.

Costa Coffee is famous for its Flat White coffee.

Costa Coffee is open for business with its first branch at Eastwood and is set to open 4 more branches for 2015

Costa Coffee is open for business with its first branch at Eastwood and is set to open 4 more branches for 2015












Costa Coffee was founded by two Italian immigrant brothers, Bruno and Sergio Costa in Lambeth, London, in 1971. It is one of four major coffee chains (and the dominant player) in London, along with Starbucks, Caffè Nero, and Prêt à Manger. Costa Coffee is best known for their espresso-based coffee using their signature Mocha Italia original blend, their famous Flat White Coffee, and cheaper yet better quality coffee than Starbucks’.

Here’s everything you need to know about Costa Coffee in Manila…

Citywalk 1, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Philippines

and  Robinson’s Manila (Near Pedro Gil Entrance)
Facebook: Costa Coffee Philippines
Instagram: @CostaCoffeePH
Twitter: @CostaCoffee



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This September, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected from the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids, are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal of creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.

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“Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“ says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

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AJ, Dan, Iza and Nikki

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The new denim pieces, made from recycled cotton and organic cotton, include for women three styles of jeans, from skinny to distressed ‘girlfriend’ jeans, plus a denim jacket, flared dungarees and a denim jumpsuit. For men, there is a zip-up denim jacket, alongside two distressed slim leg styles, and a pair of joggers in coated denim. There are kids pieces too, including a zip-up hoodie with cute animal ears, along with stretch jeans sequined at the knee, or a street style hooded shirt, with distressed jeans.

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Since 2013, H&M customers worldwide have been able to bring unwanted clothes from any brand into its stores as part of its Garment Collecting Initiative. So far, over 14,000 tons have been collected globally.


Today, H&M is able to use 20% recycled cotton from collected clothes, and is investing in new technology to increase this share without losing quality. This year, H&M has a target to increase the number of garments made with at least 20% recycled fabric by 300% compared to last year.

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The collection will be available in all H&M Philippines stores on September 10 for ladies and men and September 17 for kids.



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Fall fashion takes utilitarian style to a new level- the homeless chic that deserve a crisp salute. 


Photography: Miguel Alomajan

Assisted by Mike Chua

Styling: Aldrin Ramos

Beauty: Kathreen Santos

Model: Vivien Sarkadi (Women’s Folio)


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