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Boozing in high style with a Baccarat decanter

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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?)


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