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A special thanksgiving dinner for the Red Cross

By: - Columnist
/ 06:35 AM September 08, 2017

Toine Hoeksel,Mitch Garcia, Senator Richard Gordon, Bruce Winton

It was a red-letter day, dahlings, when Marriott Hotels in Asia Pacific hosted a special thanksgiving dinner for the Philippine Red Cross.

Bright, bold and feisty red was how Marriott Hotel Manila staged the gala last Aug. 2 to celebrate their partnership milestone with the Philippine Red Cross.

That high-power night, 30 chefs from the Marriott Hotels in Asia Pacific collaborated for a world-class five-course dinner, the culmination of their 2017 Chefs Conference in Manila.


Among the 300 guests who indulged in the sumptuous fare were top executives from private organizations, society influencers, government officials and local units of the Philippine Red Cross.

The eyecatcher of the evening was Mitch Garcia in her Michael Leyva gown.

“Since its opening in 2009, Manila Marriott Hotel has been a dedicated partner of Philippine Red Cross activities through biannual blood donation drives and community outreach and feeding programs,” said the hotel’s general manager Bruce Winton. “The hotel regularly donates part of its food supplies to the organization.”

Resorts World president Kingson Sian, Mitch Garcia

Trés visible that night was Philippine Red Cross chair Senator Richard Gordon, who presented plaques of appreciation to the hotel, accepted by Winton and executive chef Meik Brammer.

Senator Gordon said of Manila Marriott’s efforts: “They are an excellent partner—very sincere, very dedicated and avant-garde. I wish many would imitate them.”

It was rare gastronomic experience of having 30 chefs join forces to prepare dinner. For each course, seven chefs took turns whipping up dishes in the middle of the Grand Ballroom for guest interaction. This was really a first of its kind, which drew applause as the chefs took turns showing off their skills.

“Our hotel has been expanding in many ways in the past eight years, and our corporate social responsibility will always remain a priority and focus,” Winton said. “As it is timely that the best chefs in Asia Pacific hotels are here, our partnership with the Philippine Red Cross is worth celebrating,” he added.

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WWF Philippines National Youth Council members Alexa Cancio, Nikki Huang and Rama Co

Sustainable travel

That super relevant World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature Philippines’ National Youth Council and the always dependable SSI Group Inc. held a three-day Green Wanderer Travel Fair at Central Square, where traveling met sustainability and awareness.

Green Wanderer offered sustainable travel options—
from products made by local artisans to ecotourism destinations with uniquely curated itineraries for the curious, green traveler.

WWF-Philippines National Youth Council chair Alexa Cancio highlighted the importance of sustainable living, palangga.

“We believe that many of these issues can be addressed on the individual level by improving the way we live,” Cancio said, “which is why our council of eight members felt sustainable living would be the most appropriate message to push not just with young people, but with the Philippine society in general.”

Cancio got loud applause from concerned personalities belonging to our alta sociedad and environmentalist groups.

Active green traveler and WWF-Philippines National Youth Council member Nikki Huang said, “We believe that, along with transport, accommodations have the biggest impact on our ecological footprint when traveling.”

More applause of approval from the crowd, dahlings.

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Standing are Jaime and Merl Pineda, Nikki Huang, Anthony Huang and wife Nina; Zenaida Tantoco

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