UNresident coordinator Ola Almgren, Performance and ProjectsManagement Office assistant secretary Evelyn Cruzada,
Philippine Ambassador to the UnitedNations Teodoro Locsin Jr., former Sen. Heherson Alvarez, environmental activist Yeb Sano,
SM senior vice president formarketing communications Millie Dizon, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida
Azkals kick off 71st anniversary of United Nations
The United Nations exhibit, “71/17,” referring to the anniversary of the world body as well as its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), was mounted at SM Mall of Asia, naturellement. Done in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the happening, dahlings, charted the progress of the United Nations in the past 71 years.
“This exhibit on the Sustainable Development Goals was launched at SM Mall of Asia Atrium to create more awareness about the 17 SDGs, officially known as Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” explained SM’s Millie Dizon.
Exhibit consisted of 11 life-size standees of well-known personalities promoting each of the SDG’s: 2009 CNN Hero Efren Peñaflorida (for ending poverty); KC Concepcion (ending hunger and achieving food security); public school teacher Sabrina Ongkiko (quality education); Noel Cabangon (gender equality); and Anne Curtis (sanitation and clean water).
Other SDG stalwarts: Yeb Sano (affordable and clean energy); Daphne Oseña-Paez (reducing inequality); Paolo Abrera (responsible consumption and production); Dingdong Dantes (climate action); and Gary Valenciano (peace, justice, and strong institutions).
The actual UN 71st anniversary was celebrated later during the day at SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall with UN resident coordinator and UN Development Programme country representative Ola Almgren and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. leading the way with the Azkals Philippines doing a symbolic football kickoff.
New dining destination
Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar like its name packs a punch with its selection of grain-and-grass-fed dry-age beef from sustainable farms in Australia. It opened in an evening filled with bites, booze, beautiful people and blues-themed music. Some of the guests included newlyweds Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico, Colin McKay, Marco Lobregat, fashion plate Linda Ley, Julie and Gabriele Boschi, and gallery and boutique owners Joanna and Raul Francisco.
The retro-classic interiors of Raging Bull, designed by acclaimed New York-based firm AvroKO, gives you the nostalgic feel of a 1960s uptown Manhattan residence. It celebrates the art of wood and metal crafts.
Set apart from the main dining area, the eye-catching bar has a vibrant design aesthetic, dahlings. It shows a gritty yet chic feel at the same time.
Aside from the to-die-for steak selection, diners can also enjoy premium grilled items from the Josper grill, fresh seafood, huge chicken portions and gourmet comfort food, created by British chef de cuisine Nathan Griffin.
The service was too good to be true. Waiters and waitresses even provided detailed explanation of the knives use for the kind of steak your ordered. Wow!
Complementing the prime meats is an extensive well-curated list of classic American cocktails, whiskey, bourbon aged in barrels and a strong wine list that truly give guests a unique kind of taste adventure.
Another new dining destination at Shangri-La at The Fort is Samba.
The bold and colorful flavors of Peru came alive. We were treated to a fiesta of live ceviche, anticucheria (freshly grilled skewers), arroz con mariscos and fresh seafood. All of the food was superbly prepared.
Vicky Zubiri was so impressed with the food that she later brought her entire famille along later, including her grandchildren.
Beaming with pride with his hotel’s success story is general manager John Rice as well as communications director Lesley Tan.
Rita Dy is now the president of Zonta Club of Makati and the club recently launched its campaign, “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women (VAW) Campaign.”
The campaign involves 24 hotels and restaurants in 37 locations across the country: Conrad, Diamond, Discovery Primea, Fairmont & Raffles, Kettle, Fireside, Radisson Blue Cebu, Park Inn Clark and Davao, Pico Sands, Taal Vista and Restaurants, Apartment 1B, Kitchen 1B, Azuthai, Bamba Bistro, Chef Jessie at Rockwell Club, Milky Way, Mozu Café, J Cupcakes, Sonya’s Garden, Tender Bobs, Top of the Citi, Wildflour Café and Bakery, SM Hotel group and Makati Garden Club.
The dining festival will be until Dec. 10.
“Diners should check the special No to VAW Orange dish, drink or dessert,” Dy said. Proceeds from the special sale of dishes and desserts will go to Cameleon Association, a French nongovernmental organization devoted to rehabilitating sexually abused girls age 5-17 in Western Visayas, she explained.
Visit www.cameleon-association.org, or www.zontaclubofmakati.org.