Coffee Exploration Together with Mr. Sasa Sestic

Coffee lovers,aficionados, friends and advocates were delighted to met former Olympian, book author, the Coffee Man and 2015 World Barista Champion Mr. Sasa Sestic!

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Mr. Sasa Sestic who originally is from Serbia. now, He lives in Australia

 Coffee Connoisseur

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Mr. Micheal Harris Conlin , Chef JP Anglo, Mr. Sasa Sestic and Grand Hyatt -Manila manager

Mr. Sasa Sestic is “driven” is like describing Mt. Everest as “high.” Sasa (pronounced “Sasha”) has been pursuing the perfect cup of coffee for more than 15 years. He started pushing the envelope on coffee tastes when he became a barista in 2003. His drive took him to study where a region or country yields their best coffee. His passion is insatiable. Not only is he interested in coffee knowledge, but he also intents to teach what he knows, as well as help coffee farmers improve their lives and communities.

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pastries, cookies and coffee

Among the communities that he visited is Honduras, Ethiopia and coffee producing countries.

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Coffee Exploration 

 Coffee Exploration is carefully curated activity hosted by homegrown coffee company Henry and Sons and the luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Manila.

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Cafe Florentine which offers wide array of local pastries and cakes is located at groundlevel of Grand Hyatt – Manila (Bonifacio Global City)

The Coffee Man experience brings to the Philippines Sestic’s amazing journey to becoming a champion barista and the lengths he went to in search of the perfect cup of coffee.

Among the special invited guests included celebrities Mr. Marvin Agustin and Chef JP Anglo.

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Jasper Coffee from Masina Ethiopia

Among his experiments is the post-harvest method called Carbonic Maceration. One of the specialty coffees processed under this method is the Jasper Coffee from the Masina Village in Ethiopia, which is now available at Florentine, Grand Hyatt Manila. More importantly, Sestic also believes in putting the welfare of coffee farmers first while growing sustainable, world-class beans. “Showcasing Sasa’s talent to the Philippines allows our local baristas to draw inspiration from his experience and story.

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Ms. Micheal Harris Conlin

He has infinite knowledge and learning that baristas, farmers, and even us – coffee distributors – can learn from,” says Michael Harris Conlin, President and CEO of Henry and Sons and 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion.

Book Author

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According to Sasa, helping coffee farmers ensures the quality of produce is elevated. Understanding a region’s climate and planting cycle led him to know when a region’s coffee would be best. A book about his journey is a forward intention especially considering that he was halfway into the book when he won the 2015 Barista Championship. The best-selling book “The Coffee Man” narrates his journey to becoming a barista, how he went to the coffee farmers in search of the best coffee beans, and the new methods to bring out the flavors of coffee.

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  The “Coffee Man” has also been created into a movie. It took him 7 attempts before he won the Australian Barista Championship in 2015. That same year, he won the World Barista Championship (WBC) held in Seattle. In the dozen years prior to winning the WBC, his career has expanded from a barista to becoming the head of ONA Coffee Wholesale, and a couple of cafes which include The Cupping Room, ONA Coffee House, and ONA Manuka.

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He has also been helping farmers with Project Origin, an ethical green bean trading company which has so far created long-term mutually rewarding relationships with more than 100 growers in coffee-producing countries. Project Origin has helped pave the way for farmers to earn more and improve their crops, livelihood and their financial status.

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The Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE)

  The foundation which Conlin began, aims to help local farmers produce sustainable and world-class coffee for Filipinos to enjoy. In achieving this goal, he helps the farmers by buying their coffee and then giving back proceeds from the sale to train farmers and give them the right tools to become better coffee producers. Besides their efforts to reach out to farmers in Benguet and other coffee-growing areas in the Philippines, the FSCE also wants to hone the skills of current and future baristas. Conlin founded the Institute of Coffee Excellence, right across the popular The Giving Café (TGC) which was opened earlier.

The two-story Institute is a laboratory and creative playground for Conlin and his team. It houses classes for baristas, brokers farmer-trader deals and discussions while finding innovative ways to make Philippine coffee beans more accessible to an international audience. Earlier this year, Henry and Sons brought coffee expert Mokhtar Alkhanshali, and his high-rating coffee from Yemen, Port of Mokha, to the Philippines for a similar event. To know more about Henry and Sons, visit henryandsons.ph.

LG Philippines Partners with Netflix and Donates to Shelter of Hope this Christmas Season

LG Philippines love for holidays with the brand’s mission of always giving back to the community. In a launch held at One Canvass Events Place in Pasong Tamo, Makati City on November 21, 2019.

The company outlined the various initiatives they have lined up for the holiday season.

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Partnership with Netflix

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LG Philippines comes in the form of its partnership with Netflix. during the event, Netflix unveiled the streaming service’s holiday film headliner, Klaus. The trailer for the destined Christmas classic, together with its behind the scenes footage, were all screened with the use of LG’s award -winning OLED TV’s, the purchase of which comes with an accompanying gift of 6 months of Netflix subscription.

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Klaus, the headliner for Netflix’s holiday lineup, is an entirely 2D animated movies, a Netflix first, that harkens to the old Christmas shows that everyone come to know and love.

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LG is among the world’s best selling OLED brand

Legendary actor J.K. Simmons provides the voice for the titular Klaus, a reclusive carpenter whom Jesper discovers living alone in the cabin, where he makes his own handmade toys. Like the movies of yore, Netflix hopes that Klaus becomes a Christmas tradition that’s destined to be replayed every holiday season for the years to come.

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Mr. James Deakin program host

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Ms. Marilyn Montano- Vice President of Animation Council of the Philippines

LG also invited the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) to share their thoughts on the use of 2D animation in Klaus, how OLED TVs are the best platform to view it on, as well as to discuss the state of the local animation industry as a whole.

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LG Philippines Donates to Shelter of Hope

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LG Philippines and Netflix officials with Shelter of Hope children 

Moreover, LG has also committed to donate an entertainment system and home appliances worth Php1,000,000 Million to the Shelter of Hope, which is currently building a home for their resident children who are cancer patients, giving them a much needed cheer for the holidays.

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Shelter of Hope children performance

Another gift that LG has for the community during the holidays is the #ShareTheGoodLifewithLG campaign. As a way of giving back to the community, LG Philippines has dedicated a portion of each sale of an LG product to go towards furnishing the children of Shelter of Hope.

During the event, LG, Netflix, and members of the media also brought gifts and toys to give to the children of Shelter of Hope. Just like what Klaus says, “A true selfless act, always sparks another.”

Part of the program was for bloggers/ vloggers and media also gave toys and educational material to the children of Shelter of Hope.

Native Tree Walk at University of the Philippines-IB EDC Binhi Project

Philippine Native Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI) together with University of the Philippines -Tourism Institute conducted a whole day tour and walking tour at the Institute of Botany-Binhi Tree Park last September 22, 2019 sunday.

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University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology building

The aim of the project is to train tree walk guides on the basics of tree walk and familiarization of the site.

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UP- IB atrium

flora and fauna, historical event, public arts, architecture and historical buildings highlight the Lakad-Gunita walking tour which was initiated by the University.

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Institute of Biology

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However, PNPCSI members are already conducting tours at the University of the Philippines campus as early as 2008 which includes old buildings and in partnership within different organizations and Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

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University of the Philippines-IB EDC-Binhi Arboretum

University of the Philippines- Institute of Biology EDC-Binhi Arboretum

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UP-IB EDC Binhi Arboretum map

University of the Philippines -Institute of Biology Arboretum project was funded by Energy Development Corporation is about 1 hectare site which aims to preserve indigenous, endemic, native trees and plants.

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President Menie Odulio -PNPCSI President

The training started past 8:30 am with short introduction of the mission and vision  and projects of the society.

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University of the Philippines-Tourism student trainers

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creeks are still found within the site

The arboretum is a living repository of more than 100 species of native trees and plants.

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 Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society members and trainers

The group was able to have a mock tour within the arboretum area and finished the short training by 4:00 pm.

Sustainability Summit Marks Old Manila Eco Market’s Anniversary

Sustainability Summit was successfully held at the second floor Thomas Hall, Saint Thomas of Aquinas building within Colegio de San Juan de Letran marked the Old Manila’s Eco Market first year anniversary.

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Ms. Sarah Del Mundo sells foot wear and other products
Contact : 0905-4886628 / 0949-726-8511

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Saint Thomas Hall

There were hundreds of participants from stakeholders,all walks of life, professions, environment advocates, students, bloggers,media among others.

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Ms. Ferrai Garcia of HEFTPH.com

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table bourse sellers

Sustainability Summit started around past noontime with several table bourse sellers selling different kinds of products. Some of which are handmade and sourced from sustainable materials and organic materials.

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Colegio de San Juan de Letran entrance

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participants

Sustainability Summit

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Survival kit and bracelets

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Datu Marikudo- specializes on ethnic wallets and hand painted wallet and pouch

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Eco Kaliban

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Contact Person : Ms. Crisha Chumacera

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Ms. Queenie Rodriguez of Vanity and Queen
Contact: 0908-7744288

Ms. Queenie Rodriguez specializes on hand made soap, lotion and charcoal soap

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speakers

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Ms. Shine de Castro , Mr. Illac Diaz and Ms. Shiela Leyva

The Sustainability Summit organizers aims for a bigger venue place and more speakers in the future. The summit is in joint partnership with Intramuros administration, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Department of Tourism and Old Manila Eco Market.

Old Manila Eco Market had a bazaar every sunday at the Plaza Roma in front of Manila Cathderal Basilica.

Sustainability Summit Manila in Intramuros

Old Manila Eco Market in partnership with Intramuros Administration, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Department of Tourism will be having Sustainability Summit Manila will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2019 from 1pm to 6pm at St. Thomas Hall, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila. This event is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.

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Sustainability Summit Speakers

Old Manila Eco Market among the speakers includes Mary Antonette Sepulvida Flores, Likhaya by Virlanie.

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Manager of the Social Entrepreneurship Dept. of Virlanie Foundation, currently taking Masters in Community Development in UP Diliman. Under Virlanie, she founded Likhaya to empower the mothers in street situation and poor communities through entrepreneurship and employment while also forwarding environmental sustainability through upcycling.

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She is also the founder and managing director of a sustainable travel and tours called Alpas Mundo. She believes that sustainability must be everyone’s lifestyle rich and poor, may it be in fashion, travel, food, or any aspect of people’s life.

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