Without Batting An Eyelash

Feasting on good bubbly; grand ball to raise funds for Intramuros renovation


GAWAD Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, GK chair Pinky Antonio, Geiser Maclang’s Brad Geiser

Who doesn’t love a good bubbly, dahlings? I know I do!

So when Veuve Clicquot invited moi to a super smashing Champagne dinner featuring some of Veuve Clicquot’s fine Vintages at the Old Manila of the Peninsula, moi dashed over faster than you could bat an eyelash.

The aperitif for starters was an excellent menu especially prepared by executive chef Samuel Linder of Old Manila no less, dahlings. My champagne flute was filled with Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Brut Yellow Label that was divine!

At dinner, we had Veuve Clicquot Blanc Vintage 2002; the Moët Hennessy hardworking team said this well-balanced vintage could last for at least 15 years, dahlings. Next, we were given another delish starter, the leek-egg caviar.

TJ MANOTOC, Angel Jacob

Just when moi was getting giddy, another champagne, the pink-tinged wine (don’t you just love pink champagne?) Clicquot Vintage Rose 2002 was served. Wow!

My new flute was poured the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2002, followed by the Veuve Clicquot Rich Vintage 2002 to drown the divinely calorific.

Oh yes, palanggas, this gastronomic champagne and food pairing was made even more elegant by the attendance of some of Philippine gliteratti such as LVMH’s very own Olga Azarcon, no less.

It was bubbly clear, that on my way home I was totally blown to champagne heaven, dahlings.

More info? Call Richard Alarcon at 7501606 or e-mail

Party for heritage city

GERHARD Doll, Moët Hennessy Asia Pacific Philippines chief representative Olga Azarcon, Samuel Linder, Moët Hennessy Asia Philippines business developmentmanager Randy Uson

Since Mayan doomsday scenario didn’t take place, thank goodness, we now announce that the GK Hope Ball will take place this year, the third time it will do so.

Last year’s ball raised funds for the poor communities of Sulu. The 2013 GK Hope Ball will help raise money for the rehabilitation of Intramuros, the Old Walled City.

“Intramuros is truly the soul of our people, and yet here, we have informal settlers who are living under subhuman conditions,” said Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto at the GK Hope Ball press launch. “This is a poor reflection of our soul as a nation.”

Moi found out that working together with the Intramuros Administration, Gawad Kalinga began the Kalinga Intramuros campaign, with the goal of restoring the radiance of the Walled City by relocating families to a GK Village in Trece Martires; the village will be funded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, to be built on a piece of land donated by the Cityland Development Corp.

OLIVIER Dudlier, Cris and Butch Albert, Vicky Zubiri

“Ultimately, the campaign aims to generate enough support to transform the slums of Intramuros into beautiful and sustainable villages, provide the relocated families with sustainable means of living, and reestablish the old capital as a center of business and great culture,” said Amor Maclang.

Nuvo’s guest chef

With restaurant and bars coming up faster than a field of mushrooms, plus the endless reading we do on “what’s the best resto, or the best meals found on different restos,” moi have become completely jaded on where to go in our fast-growing town, dahlings.

Well, there’s still the ever-reliable and consistent restaurant and bar simply called Nuvo, with its new owners that have molded this icon in Greenbelt 2 into one of the in-demand spots for excellent dinner and fun, with live music playing outside the open patio, dahlings.

Nuvo owners Philip Cruz and Ching Cruz have brought in a famous as its guest chef, Monsieur Xavier Anthony Btesh.

Check out his credentials: guest relation/artistic manager at BAB Hotel in Marrakech; consultant chef/PR Hotel Hyatt Regency in Casablanca; consultant chef “Au Clocher Du Village” in Paris; consultant chef/PR at Crystal Beach Club at St. Tropez; PR/event planner at John Dodeland in Paris and St. Tropez; and event planner of “Fiancailles Party” for Ivana Trump.

TINA Ramos, Ces Ramos, Randy Uson, Miguel Ramos

Last week, we had the pleasure of doing a divine food-tasting of the chef’s menu.

For starters, we had Truffle Scallops Carpaccio with green salad, followed by Truffle Classic Scrambled Eggs. Then we had the to-die-for Milanaise Truffle Risotto in saffron and truffle sauce. The big surprise was the yummy Acapulco Scallops, with tequila-flamed scallops, wrapped with red and green peppers, onions.

Then we had Spicy Irish/Phillipino Prawn; baked prawn and chili pepper in whisky caramel; and everyone’s top favorite—the Real Normandy Veal Chop (2.2 lbs, good for two to three) flamed in armagnac with creamy mushroom sauce.

This was followed by Linguini Dans La Meule, creamy linguini flavored flamed at your table, and the pièce de résistance—Fondant Au Chocolat, a hot chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream.

Well, après the awesome gastronomic, we gave a standing ovation to the cook.

Nuvo has been packing them in for dinner and drinks, dahlings. Check it out and be among the followers of our new grand chef in the block, together with Nuvo’s own chef Rod Sapio, no less, palanggas.

Call Nuvo at 0933-9637483; ask for Rino.

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  • DGuardian

    Ang Borobudur Temple sa Central Java,  Indonesia ay pinondohan ng UNESCO ang restoration. Ngayon ay isa na itong major tourist destination. Sana ay ilapit ng GK at Intramuros Administration sa UNESCO sa tulong ng gobyerno para maibalik sa orihinal na estado ang Intramuros. Buddhist temple ang Borobudur samantalang ang Intramuros ang seat of government nang magsimula ang Pilipinas bilang isang bansa. Napakahalaga ang significance o meaning sa atin ng Intramuros. Maaaring tulungan tayo ng UNESCo. Bukod sa maibabalik sa ating mga Pilipino  ang napakaimportanteng historical site na ito,  magiging isang major tourist attraction din ito na hahangaan ng mga dayuhang turista at maipagmamalaki natin sa buong mundo.

  • starlightshimmers

    UNESCO can’t recognize the whole entire area of Intramuros as a World Heritage Site because the vast majority of the site is slums and filled with tacky and ugly modern buildings. If they want UNSECO recognition for Intramuros they have to destroy the many ugly modern buildings inside and either rebuild significant old structures or build new buildings that follow a Spanish colonial style. As of now only select buildings are recognized by UNESCO (the Baroque Churches).

    Filipinos don’t seem to know the concept of re-using and re-fitting old buildings to adapt to modern standards of living and work without having to destroy much of the original structure of the building. In Kyoto, Japan lots of 500 year old houses and buildings are re-fitted with central cooling, heating and even wi-fi and many of them are transformed into houses fit for modern living, restaurants, offices, etc. There’s even a centuries old Japanese building that is now a French restaurant! Also in Japan there is a new trend of actually rebuilding old structures back to its original form to preserve culture and heritage.

    The Philippines should follow the example of Japan in heritage and cultural conservation. China also had the same problem, they destroyed many of their ancient buildings and artifacts but are now learning of their importance. Using their many resources they rebuilt and preserved many of the ancient structures and artifacts.

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