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WORLD CLASS 2016 USHERS IN MANILA’S GOLDEN AGE OF COCKTAILS

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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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Binibining Paloma by Rian Assidao

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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Taho-Taho by Rian Asiddao

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.

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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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Yoma Rivera with The Singleton of Glen Ord

 

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Raymond Gutierrez & Sambie Rodriguez

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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

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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.”

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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.”

 

XOXO,

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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Celebrity Casts

AsNTM4-Cindy Bishop

TOP TALENT LEAD NEW SEASON OF ASIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

 

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

Costa Coffee is Now in The Philippines!

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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

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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…

COSTA COFFEE PHILIPPINES
Citywalk 1, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Philippines

and  Robinson’s Manila (Near Pedro Gil Entrance)
Facebook: Costa Coffee Philippines
Instagram: @CostaCoffeePH
Twitter: @CostaCoffee
Website: http://www.costa.co.uk

 

 

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Hennessy Artistry makes perfect blend for Halo

Hennessy Artistry Halo-9

Hennessy Artistry Halo-9

For one show-stopping evening, Hennessy recently orchestrated a grand collision of music and talents that can only be expected from the 250-year strong cognac brand whose name resonates with sophistication, quality, and unprecedented artistry. Hennessy recently showcased a feast for the senses, where the iconic brand celebrated its 5th year of Hennessy Artistry in the Philippines.

DJ Ace Ramos

DJ Ace Ramos

Over the past few weeks, Hennessy put together events that offered the finest of mixed drinks and blended the musical talents both local and international, with a variety of artists such as Yolanda Moon, Quest, Nix Damn P!, LDP, and Up Dharma Down. The Hennessy Artistry club series kicked off last May 29 at Hyve with Australian DJ and EDM Producer DJ Krunk, and on June 5 welcomed the acclaimed electronic music producer Porter Robinson at the Palace Pool Club, followed by a visit by Brooklyn native DJ NY Giant who played hip hop beats at Raven on June 11.

 

Mim and Liv of NERVO

Mim and Liv of NERVO

Hennessy Artistry’s month long celebration culminated with the HALO event at Valkyrie nightclub. Hennessy showcased some of the most respected names in the Philippine music industry today together with the top international female DJ duo awarded by djmag.com. The opening act of the night had local DJs Abdel Aziz and Silverfilter going head to head, prepping attendees for a night of excitement and musical creativity. After the DJ set, Up Dharma Down wowed the room with their signature and unparalleled style. Awesome symphony of sound was conducted by Motherbasss, Quest and the Manila String Machine.

Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down

Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down

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Hennessy Artistry Halo-142

Attendees experienced performances with a comprehensively sensual experience while sipping on Hennessy Ginger, Hennessy Apple, Hennessy Berry and Hennessy Citrus as the party vibrated with EDM with KAT DJ on the turntables. This was followed by the most awaited, #1 International female DJ duo, Nervo, who tore the house down with their pulsating beats that delivered flavor into the system the way any good cocktail should. Finally, the party closed with club-virtuoso on deck, the always-a-good-time, DJ Ace Ramos.

Futuristic Robots

Futuristic Robots

Kat DJ

Kat DJ

DJ Nix Damn P!

DJ Nix Damn P!

NERVO in Hennessy Artistry Halo-143

NERVO in Hennessy Artistry Halo-143

Macky Brillantes of Motherbasss

Macky Brillantes of Motherbasss

Hennessy Marketing Manager, Gio Robles_ Deputy Managing Director for Moet Hennessy, Olga Azarcon and Carlo Bautista, Hennessy Brand Manager

Hennessy Marketing Manager, Gio Robles_ Deputy Managing Director for Moet Hennessy, Olga Azarcon and Carlo Bautista, Hennessy Brand Manager

Abdel Aziz and Silverfilter

Abdel Aziz and Silverfilter

 

XOXO,

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Asia’s Next Top Model 3 Contestants Profile

AsNTM3 Phillipines- Marlena Monika Sta Maria

AsNTM3 Phillipines- Marlena Monika Sta Maria

  • Full Name: Marlena Monika Sta Maria
  • Nickname: Monika / Mon
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 177cm
  • Country: Philippines
  • Occupation: Model
  • Favourite Feature: Freckles
  • Worst Feature: Kinky baby hair on my hairline
  • Favourite Model: Candice Swanepoel
  • Favourite Designer: Michael Cinco
  • Phobias: Flying cockroach

his stunning model is also a huge health nut. Monika played competitive volleyball before deciding to pursue modelling full-time after falling in love with the fashion industry. With her unflappable personality and amazing good looks, it’s not hard to see why she’s gained a strong following in her native Philippines.

Monika wants people to know that modelling isn’t just about being a pretty face – there’s a lot of skill and hours of hard work at the gym involved in making sure you’re runway-ready. Having tried out for Cycle 2, she decided to return and come back even more determined to be selected. Incredibly competitive, Monika will do everything in her power to clinch the top prize and become Asia’s Next Top Model.

AsNTM3 Malaysia- Melissa Tan Li Hsia

AsNTM3 Malaysia- Melissa Tan Li Hsia

  • Full Name: Melissa Tan Li Hsia
  • Nickname: Mel
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 173cm
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Occupation: Financial Industry / Part‐time Model
  • Favourite Feature: Arms
  • Worst Feature: None
  • Favourite Model: Coco Rocha
  • Favourite Designer: Alexander McQueen
  • Phobias: Heights / certain types of insects

Melissa got bitten by the modelling bug in her teens when she took part in a competition in her native Malaysia. Despite focusing on her studies, she wasn’t able to shake her love of being in front of the camera. She dabbled in modelling part-time while completing a degree and working as a successful financial consultant.

She’s never allowed herself to take on modelling full-time, but this year Melissa decided to take the plunge and sign up for Cycle 3 of AsNTM while on a business trip. Fellow competitors will have to watch out for her intelligence, charm and adaptability, which will surely impress the judges.

AsNTM3 Hong Kong - Lorretta Chow

AsNTM3 Hong Kong – Lorretta Chow

  • Full Name: Lorretta Chow
  • Nickname: Lori
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 179cm
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Occupation: Actress / Singer / Part‐time model
  • Favourite Feature: Smile
  • Worst Feature: Armpits
  • Favourite Model: Candice Swanepoel
  • Favourite Designer: Christian Louboutin / Alexander McQueen
  • Phobias: Insects that sting / bite

Lorretta loves to take centre stage, whether it’s showing off her acting chops on screen, belting out songs for her album, or working her magic in front of a camera – there’s no doubt that she was made for the limelight.

Towering at almost 180cm with her chiseled features and glowing skin, she’s got all the right stuff to be on the cover of international fashion magazines. Lorretta definitely knows how to work the crowd but can she earn the coveted role of Asia’s Next Top Model?

AsNTM3 Thailand- Kiana Anora Guyon

AsNTM3 Thailand- Kiana Anora Guyon

  • Full Name: Kiana Anora Guyon
  • Nickname: Kay
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 170cm
  • Country: Thailand
  • Occupation: Student
  • Favourite Feature: Smile
  • Worst Feature: Thighs
  • Favourite Model: Candice Swanepoel
  • Favourite Designer: Elie Saab
  • Phobias: Spiders

Of Thai and French descent, Kiana has grown up as daddy’s perfect little girl. The full-time student loves the glitz and glamour of model life, but there’s more to this beauty – she’s also a trained Muay Thai fighter. She’s a tough cookie who won’t back down from a challenge, whether it’s having it out in the ring or strutting her stuff in 6-inch stilettos.

If there’s one thing Muay Thai has taught her it’s hard work and dedication. She’s not afraid to get down and dirty to get the perfect shot. Will daddy’s princess be able to stand on her own two feet and prove to the world she’s got what it takes to become Asia’s Next Top Model?

AsNTM3 Hong Kong- Kirsteen Ching Wing MacGregor Barlow

AsNTM3 Hong Kong- Kirsteen Ching Wing MacGregor Barlow

  • Full Name: Kirsteen Ching Wing MacGregor Barlow
  • Nickname: KB
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 171cm
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Occupation: Model
  • Favourite Feature: Upper abdominals
  • Worst Feature: Arms
  • Favourite Model: Kate Moss
  • Favourite Designer: Elie Saab / Givenchy
  • Phobias: Deep open water

KB’s got a rebel streak and is our model with an edge. Passionate about modelling, she has been hard at work carving out a career in the fashion world over the last few years. Our resident wild child isn’t afraid of competition and will do whatever it takes to get to the top.

She’s got the sex appeal nailed and now it’s time to hone her skills and become a bonafide editorial and runway model. KB’s on a mission to prove all her naysayers wrong and her competitors will need to watch their backs.

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Ayu Gani

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Ayu Gani

  • Full Name: Ayu Gani
  • Nickname: Gani
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173cm
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Occupation: Student
  • Favourite Feature: Eyes
  • Worst Feature: Big legs
  • Favourite Model: Karlie Kloss
  • Favourite Designer: Dolce & Gabbana
  • Phobias: Alone in a dark room

Gani has always harboured a passion for fashion. This fashion student has been studying the business side of the industry for the past few years and stumbled into the spotlight as a model when a friend submitted her photos for Jakarta’s biggest modelling competition – Wadja Femina. To her surprise, she was voted the audience’s favourite and it lit a spark within her.

Since then, Gani has actively pursued modelling and aims to change the view that models have to be over 180cm to be successful. Along with exquisite features and the ability to think on her feet, she is a force to be reckoned with in this competition.

AsNTM3 Phillipines- Franchesca Denise Lagua

AsNTM3 Phillipines- Franchesca Denise Lagua

  • Full Name: Franchesca Denise Lagua
  • Nickname: Chesca
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 172cm
  • Country: Philippines
  • Occupation: Model
  • Favourite Feature: Teeth / legs
  • Worst Feature: Nose
  • Favourite Model: Kendall Jenner
  • Favourite Designer: Vera Wang
  • Phobias: Flying cockroaches

Long hair, good looks and legs for days – Franchesca seems to have it all. She’s been modelling in her native Philippines for the past five years and is ready to take the next step in her career. Her brilliant smile will leave you breathless but behind those pearly whites lies a driven woman who is ready to step out into the world of international modelling.

She has never been far from her loved ones and is rarely away from her model boyfriend. Franchesca’s biggest challenge will be finding her footing and learning to be truly independent. Fellow competitors should watch out for this girl who’s got all the right assets to win Top Model!

AsNTM3 Vietnam- Duong Celine Thuy‐vi

AsNTM3 Vietnam- Duong Celine Thuy‐vi

  • Full Name: Duong Celine Thuy‐vi
  • Nickname: None
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 174cm
  • Country: Vietnam / France
  • Occupation: Student / Part‐time model
  • Favourite Feature: Eyes / arms
  • Worst Feature: Ears
  • Favourite Model: Gia / Naomi Campbell / Liu Wen / Cara Delevingne
  • Favourite Designer: Isey Miyake
  • Phobias: Spiders

Celine has grown up in the birthplace of couture – living and breathing high fashion in Paris, France. She describes herself as chic and elegant and is focused on creating her own style instead of following fads and trends. Bullied for her Asian looks as a child growing up in Europe, she has learnt to embrace them and knows how to stand out from the crowd.

Her knowledge of fashion gives her an edge over the other girls, and with a face made for the pages of Vogue, she could very well become the judges’ leading lady.

AsNTM3 Japan- Barbara Akemi Katsuki

AsNTM3 Japan- Barbara Akemi Katsuki

  • Full Name: Barbara Akemi Katsuki
  • Nickname: Akemi
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 173cm
  • Country: Japan / Brazil
  • Occupation: Model / student
  • Favourite Feature: My smile
  • Worst Feature: My feet
  • Favourite Model: Kiko Mizuhara (Japan) / Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazil)
  • Favourite Designer: Ralph Lauren
  • Phobias: Snakes

Born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and Japanese father, Barbara moved to Japan at five. She is no stranger to the world of modelling, having spent more than a decade parading her natural good looks along catwalks and in photoshoots.

Recently, she moved to Taiwan to pursue modelling opportunities and has enjoyed great success in the region. Her sunny disposition and professionalism will win the hearts of the judges. And her amazing skills and wealth of experience will intimidate her competitors.

AsNTM3 Philippines- Amanda Bianca Chan

AsNTM3 Philippines- Amanda Bianca Chan

  • Full Name: Amanda Bianca Chan
  • Nickname: None
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 176cm
  • Country: Philippines
  • Occupation: Student
  • Favourite Feature: Legs
  • Worst Feature: Feet
  • Favourite Model: Cara Delevingne
  • Favourite Designer: Steve Madden
  • Phobias: Heights

This season’s youngest contestant, Amanda has grown up following the Top Model franchise. A self-confessed klutz, she has long dreamed of gracefully walking down runways like her favourite celebrity models. Amanda first tried her hand at modelling a year ago when she caught the eye of model scouts.

Her inexperience means Amanda is a sponge just waiting to soak up all the knowledge she will gain through quiet observation of her fellow competitors. The other girls will have to keep an eye on Amanda and her innate ability to learn and adapt as she transforms throughout the competition.

AsNTM 3 Singapore- Aimee Rose Cheng‐Bradshaw

AsNTM 3 Singapore- Aimee Rose Cheng‐Bradshaw

  • Full Name: Aimee Rose Cheng‐Bradshaw
  • Nickname: ACB
  • Age: 19
  • Height: 175cm
  • Country: Singapore
  • Occupation: Model
  • Favourite Feature: Hair texture
  • Worst Feature: Sideburns
  • Favourite Model: Miranda Kerr
  • Favourite Designer: Marciano
  • Phobias: Cicada

Aimee was introduced to the world of modelling at just 13 and fell in love with being in front of the camera. After taking a break to complete her studies, it was not long before she decided to take a gap year to throw herself into modelling full-time. She moved overseas to live alone and pursue her modelling career. Incredibly goal-oriented and driven, it’s her mission to hone her modelling skills to perfection.

Having grown up with three sisters, Aimee is no stranger to a house full of girls. And her Model competitors will have to watch out, because behind that sweet saccharine smile is a girl who won’t give up until she’s achieved her dream of becoming a top model.

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Tahlia Raji

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Tahlia Raji

  • Full Name: Tahlia Raji
  • Nickname: Tahlia
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 173cm
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Occupation: Model
  • Favourite Feature: Eyes and lips
  • Worst Feature: Teeth
  • Favourite Model: Miranda Kerr
  • Favourite Designer: Karl Lagerfeld
  • Phobias: Being alone at night when it’s raining.

Whether it’s acting or modelling, Tahlia has always been at home in front of the camera. Growing up in a creative family, she has learnt to embrace her artistic inclinations even if that means she comes across as a bit odd. Tahlia is a free spirit and loves the freedom of expression that modelling gives her.

She enjoys taking on different characters and personas while modelling and is a artistic chameleon. The other girls will have to watch out as Thalia’s unique perspective on modelling as an art form combined with her unique features makes her a stunning stand out.

AsNTM3 Malaysia-  Shareeta Selvaraj

AsNTM3 Malaysia- Shareeta Selvaraj

  • Full Name: Shareeta Selvaraj
  • Nickname: Sharee
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 168cm
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Occupation: Freelance Model / Content Manager
  • Favourite Feature: Eyebrows
  • Worst Feature: Scary fingers
  • Favourite Model: Joan Smalls
  • Favourite Designer: None
  • Phobias: Fingernails on a chalkboard / things with holes

Shareeta is a stunning beauty queen who has competed in several pageants. Unknown to many, she also holds a Law degree. Having got her studies out of the way, she is now pursuing modelling full-time and mustered up the courage to sign up for Cycle 3 of Asia’s Next Top Model.

Growing up between Malaysia and in New Zealand, Shareeta is ready to dive head first into her modelling career. She’s approaching the competition with a tactical mind and fellow competitors will need to be wary of this smart and sassy woman.

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Rani Ramadhany

AsNTM3 Indonesia- Rani Ramadhany

  • Full Name: Rani Ramadhany
  • Nickname: Rani
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 173cm
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Occupation: Student / drummer / model
  • Favourite Feature: Eyes
  • Worst Feature: Shoulders
  • Favourite Model: Cara Delevingne / Adriana Lima
  • Favourite Designer: Nina Nikicio
  • Phobias: White bright light

Don’t let her cherubic looks fool you – Rani’s a spunky rocker chick who’d rather don ripped jeans and a pair of sneakers than a pretty dress. She loves arts and entertainment , and is an accomplished drummer with a strong web following. Being in the spotlight so often, it was only natural that she made her foray into the world of modelling.

Rani is incredibly passionate about everything she pursues and modelling is no exception. She’s ready to shed her tomboy exterior and pull out her inner international model. Fellow competitors will feel intimidated by this incredibly talented girl.

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Asia’s Next Top Model 3

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CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ PRESENTS TRAVELER’S MENU

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Exterior

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis – Exterior

Filipino mentor and culinary master CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ successfully introduced the recently launched “Traveler’s Menu” available at TITO CHEF EXPRESS in Microtel Acropolis last November 27. With the presence of media members and lifestyle bloggers, the famed chef held an intimate lunch, which he specially made on the event that showcased the gastronomic tastes found in the well-chosen dishes from the featured menu.

The culinary master himself, Chef Menoy Gimenez, talks about what he loves best - good food

The culinary master himself, Chef Menoy Gimenez, talks about what he loves best – good food

With the great blend of quality food and reasonable prices, the new Traveler’s Menu delighted the appetites of the guests. From the delectable appetizers that tickled everyone’s palate to the abundant servings of the mains, and the filling desserts, the well-curated menu truly reflected the cooking style of Chef Menoy in Tito Chef Express, which is deliciously straightforward comfort food inspired from the classic favorites of every Filipino home. The menu will be available for diners until next year.

The brainchild of Chef Menoy who is an instructor in Center for Culinary Arts and one of the founders of culinary school Professional Academy for Culinary Education, Tito Chef Express pays homage to its southern counterpart Tito Chef and All Things Culinary in BF Parañaque and gives food services for Microtel Acropolis as its official food provider and partner for all-day dining and in-room needs. Proud to be under the famed umbrella of The Romulo Food Group since 2013, the modern restaurant in the metro north captured the hearts of foodies in Eastwood area who love to enjoy kitchen-crafted meals, cozy ambiance, and warm service.

During the press launch, a sumptuous line-up of dishes satisfied the food cravings of each attendee. Affordable and well portioned at the price of PhP 250 for each dish, the menu selection is a perfect choice for people looking for something quickly served and conveniently available anytime within the day. From the creamy hit of Fish in Pesto Cream to the spicy kick of Salmon Ramen, the juicy punch of American Burger, the savory mix of Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya and the braise attack of Smothered Pork Chop, the Traveler’s Menu had indeed let the taste buds of the guests travel from East to West with its flavors from around the world.

Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Spanish Chorizo & Mushroom Penne

Fish in Pesto Cream

Fish in Pesto Cream

Fish in Pesto Cream

Fish in Pesto Cream

Salmon Ramen

Salmon Ramen

Smothered Pork Chop

Smothered Pork Chop

Crispy squid and watermelon salad

Crispy squid and watermelon salad

Binagoongan

Binagoongan

Binagoongan

Binagoongan

Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya

Barbecued Chicken Jambalaya

American Burger

American Burger

American Burger

American Burger

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Besides the delicious lunch, Chef Menoy gathered the press representatives and bloggers in a round table interview that allowed a fruitful conversation between him and the guests. An online photo contest entitled “Best Tito Chef Photo Award” also pumped up everyone’s energy and added fun and excitement during the event. Moreover, Microtel Acropolis, headed by General Manager Ali Makabenta, gave away prizes of an overnight stay with a free dinner at Tito Chef Express during the raffle draw.

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Interior

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis – Interior

Tito Chef Express brings a unique and progressive menu that has comfort food delights, which include starters, entrees, pastas, and desserts. The restaurant also offers afternoon tea morsels, breakfast and lunch buffets, full-service catering packages, party trays, and in-house banquets.

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis - Interior 2

Tito Chef at Microtel Acropolis – Interior

From The Romulo Food Group of restaurateurs Enzo and Sandie Squillantini, TITO CHEF EXPRESS is located at the ground floor of Microtel Acropolis, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. For inquiries and reservations, call +632.962.8899 / +63916.343.5331 or email titochefrestaurant@gmail.com.

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Fashion Ate The Lawyer

FRENCH FASHION BRAND CAMAIEU LAUNCHES IN MANILA

The first Camaïeu store in the Philippines is located at Shangri La Plaza East Wing.

The first Camaïeu store in the Philippines is located at Shangri La Plaza East Wing.

Since its establishment in 1984, Camaieu has grown to have at least 1,000 stores in more than 20 countries worldwide. The French fashion brand, exclusively retailed by Planet Sports, Inc. in the Philippines, recently added Manila to this list through an intimate press launch held at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, followed by a fashion show held at the East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza.

 

Camaïeu’s vibrant, light and feminine assortment of clothes and accessories.

Camaïeu’s vibrant, light and feminine assortment of clothes and accessories.

Fashion blogger and model, Nicole Andersson hosted the Camaïeu Philippines launch.

Fashion blogger and model, Nicole Andersson hosted the Camaïeu Philippines launch.

True to its name Camaieu, which means ‘multiple tones’, the quaint, French-themed launch was a showcase of lively and bright colors. Nicole Andersson hosted both events and introduced the highlight of the show: three collections styled in the unique expressions of Katarina Rodriguez, Bianca King, and Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez, Camaieu’s brand ambassadors.

 

Model styled by Bianca King

Model styled by Bianca King

Model  styled by Katarina Rodriguez

Model styled by Katarina Rodriguez

Model styled by Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez

Model styled by Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez

Katarina’s on-the-go personality showed through her collection, which featured versatile separates that can take one from the school, to the mall, to a night out in the city. Romantic yet easy-going was the theme of Bianca’s collection, her chosen outfits hinting at sexiness with some show of skin, balanced by classic silhouettes flattering many body types. Meanwhile, Tweetie’s collection was a display of sleekness and sophistication, with many of the pieces in black and white or in graphic patterns rendered in monochromatic tones.

 

Katarina Rodriguez with her models

Katarina Rodriguez with her models

Bianca King with her models

Bianca King with her models

Tweetie de leon-Gonzalez with her models

Tweetie de leon-Gonzalez with her models

Says Camaieu Head of Operations for Asia, Rudy Liger, “Camaieu is vivacious, supportive, feminine, fresh, and free-spirited. These are the brand philosophies that make Camaieu relatable to all women, wherever you are in the globe.”

 

Rudy Liger (Operations head of Camaïeu Asia) with Anton Gonzalez

Rudy Liger (Operations head of Camaïeu Asia) with Anton Gonzalez

Anton Gonzalez (President of Planet Sports Inc., official local distributor of Camaïeu) with his wife Mia and daughters Patricia and Joanna

Anton Gonzalez (President of Planet Sports Inc., official local distributor of Camaïeu) with his wife Mia and daughters Patricia and Joanna

Issa Penales and Gene Acosta

Issa Penales and Gene Acosta

Jennifer Chan, Ira Nopuente and Elaine Carag

Jennifer Chan, Ira Nopuente and Elaine Carag

Anton Gonzalez with Shangri La Plaza’s Lala Fojas (EVP), Hazel del Castillo (Division Manager- Tenant Management) and Rowena Morada (Account Officer- Tenant Management)

Anton Gonzalez with Shangri La Plaza’s Lala Fojas (EVP), Hazel del Castillo (Division Manager- Tenant Management) and Rowena Morada (Account Officer- Tenant Management)

Anette Obana (Merchandising and operations director of Camaïeu Philippines)  with Ina Arabia-Garcia, Happy Lopez and Liza Ilarde

Anette Obana (Merchandising and operations director of Camaïeu Philippines) with Ina Arabia-Garcia, Happy Lopez and Liza Ilarde

Camaieu is available at Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, Megamall Fashion Hall, SM BF Paranaque, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and soon at SM North EDSA. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/camaieu.philippines or follow @camaieu_ph on Twitter and Instagram.

 

XOXO,

Fashion Ate The Lawyer

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Candy Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 Winners

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First ever CANDY READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS makes a splash this year!

Readers Choice Awardees Enrigue GIl, Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, Jerome Ponce and Jenella Salvador

Readers Choice Awardees Enrigue GIl, Julia Barretto, Kathryn Bernardo, Jerome Ponce and Jenella Salvador

It’s the coolest and most splashing party this year as Candy held its first ever Candy Readers’ Choice Awards at the Rockwell Tent, Makati. Candygirls sure know how to make summer even hotter as they came in their best beach-chic outfit and cheered for the nominees and winners.

Hosted by Janeena Chan and Alex Diaz

Hosted by Janeena Chan and Alex Diaz

Co-presentor Whisper

Co-presenter Whisper

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Candy Readers picked their favorites among 25 categories; 13 of which are local awards, while 12 of the categories are foreign awards. The winners in the foreign categories are:

1. Best Dystopian Movie (foreign)- The Hunger Games

2. Best Actor (Foreign)- Logan Lerman

3. Best Actress (Foreign)- Jennifer Lawrence

4. Rising Star (Foreign)- Adelaide Kane

5. Best Love Team (Foreign)- Hazel and Gus from The Fault In Our Stars

6. Best Love Triangle- Estefan, Elena and Damon from The Vampire Diaries

7. Best Barkada (foreign)- Pretty Little Liars

8. Best Spin-Off (Foreign)- Sam & Cat

9. Best New Boy Band(Foreign) – 5SOS

10. Best Breakout Band(Foreign)- The 1975

11. Best New Artist (foreign)- Jake Bugg

12. Best K-Pop Group- Super Junior

 

Candy Cutie Dax

Candy Cutie Dax

Model Kevin Redder

Model Kevin Redder

Best Band-Never The Strangers

Best Band-Never The Strangers

for the Local categories include:

13. Best Movie- Bakit ‘Di Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?

14. Best TV Star- Julia Barretto

15. Best Movie Star- Kathryn Bernardo

16. Best Actor- Enrique Gil

17. Rising Star (Girl)- Jenella Salvador

18. Rising Star (Guy)- Jerome Ponce

19. Best Love Team- Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo

 

Stylists Patrick and Carvey

Stylists Patrick and Carvey

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20. Best TV Show- Got To Believe

21. Biggest Hearthrob- Daniel Padilla

22. Best Band- Never The Strangers

23. Best Model- Janeena Chan

24. Best Basketball Player- Jeron Teng

25. Best Volleyball Player- Gretchen Ho

 

 

The master stage designer Tina Daniac

The master stage designer Tina Daniac

posing with Model Kevin Redder and Candy Fashion Editor Jedd Gregorio

 with Model Kevin Redder and Candy Fashion Editor Jedd Gregorio

selfie with Candy EIC Marla Miniano

selfie with Candy EIC Marla Miniano

How the crowd cheers for their choices

How the crowd cheered for their choices

Candy girls had a blast as they enjoyed performances from their idols as well as attractions from event partners. The Candy Readers’ ChoiceAwards is co-presented by Whisper. Special thanks to Lactacyd, Cherifer and Claire’s, the official sponsors of the event.

 

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The model/performer twins

The model/performer twins

The Candy  PR Team

The Candy PR Team

Candy Editorial Team

Candy Editorial Team

Congratulations Candy Magazine!

Congratulations Candy Magazine!

 

Know more about the latest trends with every copy of Candy and go online at www.candymag.com .

 

XOXO,

Fashion Ate The Lawyer

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Best of 2013: Mendrez Advertorial Shoot

Mendrez Advertorial December-January 2013

Mendrez Advertorial December-January 2013

Seen on Preview December 2013 cover

Seen on Preview December 2013 cover

Mendrez Advertorial November 2013

Mendrez Advertorial November 2013

Seen on Preview November 2013 cover

Seen on Preview November 2013 cover

Mendrez Advertorial October 2013

Mendrez Advertorial October 2013

Seen on Preview October 2013 cover

Seen on Preview October 2013 cover

 

My 2013 would not be this exciting without my Mendrez-Preview Team:

PH: yours truly  Juan Carlos Miguel Alomajan
ST & A.D.: Andrea Rebullida Dalisay 
MU: Mariz Dizon
H: Aica Leen Feliciano Latay 
F.M.: Fatima Rabago at Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc.

More to come for Mendrez Bags and Shoes 

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Fashion Ate The Lawyer

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