Latest Stories

Without Batting An Eyelash

Boozing in high style with a Baccarat decanter


RUPERT and Tina Jacinto, Sandie Poblador, Maureen Disini, Daniel Teichert, Barby Paragas

NICOLAS Delion, Taittinge export manager for Asia-Pacific, and Mimi Reyes,Werderg Int’l. marketing manager

Glamorous and fun-loving VIPs partied on the fast lane  when Mandarin Oriental’s MO Lounge (formerly the Captain’s Bar) was transformed into a spectacular sea of white  for “Nocturne: The White Party Year IV.”

The chic Martini club event had splashes of purple for the launch of a favorite bubbly, Taittinger Nocturne Sec Champagne, dahlings.

Nicolas Delion, Taittinger’s export manager for Asia-Pacific, and Mimi Reyes, marketing manager of Werdenberg International, exclusive Philippine distributor of Taittinger, were all smiles as invitees tasted the elite champagne, with a bar of gorgeous hunks tendering the bottles from the Taittinger bar, dahlings.

Nicolas and Mimi attested that Nocturne, consisting of 40 percent Chardonnay and 60 percent Pinot Noir, is the perfect night bubbly,

Held in partnership with Firma of Markus Schmidt and Richard Danao, Music & Wine of Elian Habayeb and Ines Cabarrus, Bellingham Wines, Lucaris and Säntis, the White Party, the fourth in a series, was totally another huge success.

Everyone rocked the dance floor to the beat of DJs Boyet Sison, Elian, Cocoy Puyat  and Holland’s Dan Baauw “Dancin Daddy.”

THE RUSSIAN Connection. Ballerina Olga Bankova, Aksana and Lord Ancheta, Tanya Mazur, Natasha Chystsiakova

Guests were entertained wildly by the talented Dragons, the erstwhile Gay Follies of Malate. Adding a dash of class was Bea Tantoco, who spiced up the night when she rendered Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”

Toward the end Sarah Rosser, Kate Moynihan and the group of Leah Katrina, Shey DiBona and Karen Womack were declared best-dressed gals of the night, while Chico Angeles, the hotel’s food-and-beverage director, received loud applause for designing the fabulous setup, palanggas.

(More info? Call Charisse G. Chuidian, 8574767 or 7508888; fax 8574725; or e-mail charissc@mohg.com)

Jollibee race

JOSE Miñana, Manjie Yap, Niño Duran, Vinay Piparsiana, Anthony Gaas, Dino Obias, Joel Villamayor, Martin Cervantes

FORD Philippines VP Vinay Piparsiana, Jollibee grand winners Anthony Gaas and Niño Duran, Ford marketing AVP Dino Obias

The awarding ceremonies of the  Jollibee Drive-Thru 10-Day Cross-Country Challenge was held at Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel, Manila.

Everyone was excited about who won the cool P1,000,000 plus two brand new 1.4L Ford Fiesta AT Hatchbacks no less for the grand prize, palanggas.

“G-Force” hosts Jinno Rufino and Tricia Chiongbian announced the winners in the different categories.

Triathletes Mitch Estuar and Prince Baltazar won “The Fast and The Furious Award” for being able to visit the most number of Jollibee Drive Thru stores across the country.

Radio DJs Andre Co and Cerah Hernandez grabbed the “Tagged Topnotchers Award” for tweeting updates about the challenge, and Jon Hall and girlfriend Maria Persson won the Most Valuable Team Award for collecting the most number of points from the challenges they performed.

It was an emotional event for best friends Anthony Gaas and Niño Duran, who had entered the race with the promise that they would give portion of their winnings to the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong” in Cagayan de Oro.

RAYMOND Gutierrez, Borgy Manotoc

And they kept their promise after winning the grand prize! They also won the People’s Choice Award, “for having the most number of fan votes on a post-event poll on Facebook.”

Après they cleaned out the sumptuous cocktail finger-food, everyone rocked and rolled to DJ Miranda’s mixes while on the video screens were played  adventure-filled footage of the 10-Day Cross-Country Challenge.

A grand end to an incredibly successful happening, superbly organized by Len Plus, Inc. headed by the vivacious and smart Marilen Nuñez no less, dahlings.

(More info? Call Apet Nuñez at 6969186, 0917-9506965, 0947-1696080; or e-mail apetnunez@theleadpr.com.)

Louis XIII

A TOAST to Louis XIII from Future Trade International executives Eric Kahn, Noel Sebastian, Yogi Ringler, James Du Vivier and Joey Pineda; regional director for Louis XIII of Remy Cointreau International Christophe Bourrie; and Autostrada Motore Center, Inc’s. Wellington Soong

UNILEVER’S Peter Cowan and Wellington Soong

You know what class is all about when drinking the exclusive Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac from the renowned House of Remy Martin.

The ultra trés exclusive dinner was hosted by Wellington Soong, chair,  no less, of Autostrada Motore Center Inc., at the plush Ferrari Showroom,  The Fort, Bonifacio.

Louis XIII is a rare luxury spirit. It uses only grapes from the  Grande Champagne territory in France, which moi had the honor of visiting, dahlings.

The House of Remy Martin is the Heart of Cognac, with almost 300 years of French wine growing and cognac-making know-how.

The invitees were headed by namedroppable executives such as James Du Vivier, Yogi Ringler, Noel Sebastian and Eric Kahn.

BIGNEWS Asia’s Tony Lopez, Leisure and Resort World Corp’s Renato Nuñez

A super dinner prepared by master chef JJ Yulo was followed by endless rounds of toasting throughout dinner.

“Remy Cointreau International believes that Louis XIII is excellence above all else, and it is honored to be part of this most exclusive event with Ferrari, one of the world’s most luxurious car brands,” said suave Joey Pineda, commercial manager for the Philippines of Remy Cointreau.

The highlight was, naturellement, the sampling of Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac  led by Wellington Soong himself and Christophe Bourrie, regional director for Louis XIII of Remy Cointreau International. The decanter was exclusively handcrafted—would you believe—by Baccarat!

Now, if that ain’t boozing in high style, then I don’t know what is, n’est ces pas? (as in, ’di bala?)

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Events , Lifestyle , Parties , society

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  5. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  8. Garcia Marquez left unpublished manuscript
  9. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  10. Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  5. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  6. This is not just a farm
  7. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


  • N. Korea finally offers condolences over ferry tragedy
  • 16 CADPI sugar refinery workers now out of danger after toxic shower in Batangas
  • PNP denies Purisima’s involvement in questionable deal with courier firm
  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist hostage
  • UN heads say Syria aid needs ‘largely unanswered’
  • Sports

  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
  • Cha cha train to follow Obama visit?