Whisky lovers feast on P47,000 OdysseyBy Maurice Arcache
A totally grandiose event was when world-renowned John Walker & Sons Voyager docked in Manila in celebration of “journeys without boundaries,” dahlings.
The gig especially paid tribute to the Walker family “whose unwavering vision took the brand beyond a small town in Scotland to exotic new lands across the seas, and the indelible impact they left on history,” said James Thompson, Diageo chief marketing officer for Asia Pacific.
Voyager is a gorgeous ocean-sailing yacht. It is “now in the Philippines, a key port in the original trading routes of the Walker family,” said Arif Esenc, managing director of Diageo Philippines.
This magnificent happening also paid tribute to four outstanding Filipino “game-changers”: businessman and social entrepreneur Joey Concepcion, fashion designer Rhett Eala, world-renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, and internationally known filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.
“It is our honor to have gathered these four remarkable individuals who continue to inspire and revolutionize their respective fields,” said Fe Mir, marketing director of Diageo. “We laud these bold men who are forging a new destiny for the Philippines and for our world. They are exactly the modern epitome of the House of Walker’s founding spirit.”
The bash was très-très chic. Guests were welcomed to the Oceana Event Hall by a big band playing music and by EON president Liana Farrales Carmona and consultant Bibot Nolan.
Good-looking ushers and usherettes escorted us to the magnificent yacht, where they were served the best John Walker drinks, including the unbelievable John Walker brand Odyssey, which goes for, hold your breath, palanggas, an incredible P47,000. Not surprisingly, guests didn’t just sip it, but gulped it down quickly to grab another glass of it. Oh well.
We were told that the Voyager had toured China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. From the Philippines, it will sail for Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and India. Leading writers, photographers and illustrators from around the region will capture the progress of each port-of-call for the luxury travel guide publication, “Around the World.”
It was a night of glitz and glamour in the exclusive John Walker way!
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Sexy high heels
Sexy high heels took an architectural twist as shoe brand Vicencio Lacerna launched its first collection at the Prive Luxury Club at Bonifacio Global City.
Hazel Santos and Nick Jonsay are the design partners behind V Lacerna.
“I’m a landscape architect by profession and I work in publishing,” said Santos. “Environments are a gold mine of inspiration, and they come to life in the shoes I design.”
Jonsay is a shoe-industry veteran who manufactures several footwear brands; he translates Santos’ ideas with a few modifications.
“Nick keeps my ideas grounded,” Santos explains. “He is totally sure each pair is wearable, comfortable and fashionably acceptable.”
Après being introduced by Steph Henares, Vicencio Lacerna shoes were modeled by GMA 7 Artist Center actress and comedienne Sheena Halili, Cat Triviño of Megastyle.ph, Jewel Cancio of TAPE, Christina Gomez of Lifestyle Asia, Celine Gabriel-Lim of ARC Public Relations, Cerah Hernandez of Monster Radio RX 93.1, and Maxinne Ignacio and Sarah Santiago of Mega Magazine, dahlings.
Globe Tattoo Black
The new Globe Tattoo Black is the first broadband stick powered by 4G LTE. It was launched in a high-caliber event with a high-octane Tattoo Black F3 race around the especially closed roads of Fort Bonifacio and a glitzy bash at the swinging Repuliq Club.
Earlier, Tattoo Black had been launched at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk, palanggas.
“Tattoo Black is the broadband provider in the country at par with the world’s most high-tech cities, setting the pace for a more dynamic, rewarding future for Philippine Internet users,” said Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu.
Cu later led the toast to launch the brand with other Tattoo officers such as Dong Ronquillo, Nikko Acosta and Joseph Co, while models paraded around to show off the sleek Tattoo Black stick.
Check out Tattoo Black at any Globe store. Register at www.tattoo.globe.com.ph.
Oops! In the Nov. 16 article regarding the birthday style show of Junjun Ablaza, a photo captioned “Louie Ablaza with Consul General Fausto Preysler,” should have been “with Consul General Juan Peña.” Sorry, palanggas.