Grand Hyatt’s Coffee Tasting Experience with Henry& Sons and Port of Mokha Launching

Grand HyattBonifacio Global City ( BGC) in partnership with homegrown coffee company’s Henry and Sons owned by the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion Michael Harris Conlin collaborates with the coffee innovator and advocate Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali to have the Filipinos taste the high-rating coffee from Yemen, Port of Mokha.

Coffee Exploration

The coffee tasting and launching was dubbed” Coffee Exploration ” was held the 6th floor pavilion area.

Grand Hyatt general manager

Despite the monsoon rains and overcast weather in Metro Manila, It was well-attended by coffee connoisseurs, industry practitioners, bloggers, vloggers and media.

The event started past 9:00 am with a special introduction by Ms. Karmina De Ungria ( director of Marketing Communications) and Grand Hyatt general manager BGC, Taguig City.

Mr. Micheal Harris Conlin

This was followed by a short introduction made by Mr. Micheal Harris Conlin which tells an inspiring story on how he purchased  the book with life story of Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali. Their year long friendship and sharing of their passion over a cup of coffee.

Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali

Coffee Tasting Experience

Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali  shared with the participants a short history of coffee and how it spread from Yemen and Somalia to the rest of the world. He also shared that the country ( Philippines) used to be one of the top 4 coffee producing countries of the world during the 18th and 19th century.

His passion led him to visit his home country Yemen and he went through several coffee producing areas.  Out of the 21 coffee bean samples that he were able to get from Yemen, only 2 or 3 samples were of the highest international quality.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

The event highlights about the journey of the man who risked his own life to help improve the lives of the farmers and the quality of coffee in Yemen amidst all the hardships that the country is facing. His story is filled with passion and bravery that the Philippine coffee community can draw inspiration from.

Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali together with Mr. Raoul de Peralta

Coffee Beans

coffee with cookies

The group were given a first hand experience on how to taste different kinds of grounded coffee from Yemen.

OHE-17– Location : Outer Hyma, Process: Udaini, Altitude : 2,150 to 2,400 MASL, Cupping Notes: Dark Cherry Sweetness, Green Apple Acidity, Medium Body and Acidity.

OHSR 01– Location : Outer Hayma, Process: Natural, Cultivar : Udaini,  Altitude : 2,150 to 2,400 MASL , Cupping Notes: Brown Sugar, Spices, Medium Body and Acidity

OHE-32– Location: Outer Hayma, Process: Natural, Cultivar : Udaini, Altitude : 2,150 to 2,400 MASL, Cupping Notes: Dark Cherry, Cola, Molasses, Medium Body , High Acidity

OHE -25 – Location: Outer Hayma, Process: Natural, Cultivar : Udaini, Altitude : 2,150 to 2,400 MASL, Cupping Notes: Lime , Grapes, Medium Body and Acidity

OHSR -PB -Location : Outer Hayma, Process: Natural, Cultivar : Udaini,Altitude : 2,150 to 2,400 MASL, Cupping Notes: Winey, Toasted Almonds, Cocoa , Hint of Jack fruit, Medium Body and Low Acidity

PM- 11– Location : Hayma Sana ‘A province, Process: Natural, Cultivar : Udaini, Altitude : 2,350 MASL, Cupping Notes: Floral, Apple,Cola, Lime, Low Body, Medium and Acidity

O-HSR-24 -Location: Outer Hayma, Process: Natural, Cultivar: Udaini, Altitude: 2,150 to 2,400 MASL, Cupping Notes: Brown Spice, Nutmeg, Medium to Low Acidity and Medium Body.

Chocolate Mocha Cake

mocha cake

Grand Hyatt pastry chef had their own innovation or version with the combination of chocolate, coffee and their artistic talents in baking.

Florentine

slice of cake together with cup of coffee

Mr. Mokhtar Alkanshali together with Mr. Raoul de Peralta busy pouring coffee

The cake which cost Php 1,500 or Php 200 per slice is also best paired with coffee. One can also purchase Port of Mokha x Itogon coffee bean canister and the national best selling book ( The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers) for Php 8,500 net. at the Florentine area, Grand Hyatt-Manila ( Bonifacio Global City).

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Ultimate Food Adventure with The Bistro Group

A 2-day ultimate food adventure was organized by the Bistro Group , ZomatoPh had invited selected bloggers and social network writers to a 2 -day of food tasting event at the Uptown Mall , Bonifacio Global City , Greenbelt 2 and 5 within Ayala Center , Makati and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City .

The event was dubbed as ” Ultimate Food Run ” by local organizers which aims to familiarized local food and lifestyle writers at the appetizers and food being offered by the Bistro group of restaurants.

The 12 Restaurants are the Following :

Moe’s , Buffalo Wild Wings, Watami , Texas , Village Tavern and Italianni’s , Krazy Garlic, Tonkatsu by Chef Terazawa , Fish and Company , Modern Shanghai , Bulgogi Brothers and TGIFriday’s

appetizers at Italianni’s

appetizers from Buffalo Wild Wings

 Moe’s with their special mango salsa or a choice of any of the 4 salsa flavors

Starting August 15 until September 15, 2016 Citibank Credit Card users can avail of 30% off on the appetizers of these restaurant chain in any parts of the country.

 

Nissan Philippines Set To Join in New Season of Nissan GT Academy

Dolby Atmos Cinema , Central Square , Bonifacio High Street , Taguig City -Philippines

Nissan Philippines Inc. ( NPI ) confirmed its participation in the upcoming Nissan GT Academy 2016 , which will be launched later this year. This was announced during an exclusive screening of the Nissan reality show , produced by NPI’s broadcast partner ABS-CBN channel 2 .

GT Academy Asia Final Race 

a virtual -to -reality racing competition , the Nissan GT Academy gives aspiring race cars drivers a chance to fulfill their dream of participating in a professional intentional race.

photo gallery of the top 6 finalists

” The Nissan GT Academy is Nissan way of democratizing motorsports, to make it more accessible to the general public ” said SH Huh , NPI General Manager for Marketing ” By doing this , we help fast -track the dreams of more potential Filipino racers to reach the international racing arena”.

Top 6- Mr. Daryl Brady, Mr. Terence Lallave, Mr. Jose ” Joward ” Policarpio , Mr. Rafael Lesaguis , Mr. Joel Agojo and Mr. S.J. Huh – NPI General Manager for Marketing

First launched locally in March 2015 , the Nissan GT Academy saw over 13,000 aspiring racers participate in over 20 live events held in key cities in the country within a four month period. Twenty players with the best race time in the game then advanced to compete in the National Finals, where they were subjected to physical , driving, media and virtual challenges to determine the top six contenders.

Team Philippines Winning Experience video by Nissan Nismo TV

 From the 20 finalists, Mr. Luis Cachero , Mr. Rafael Lesaguis ,Mr. Terence Lallave, Mr. Jose ” Joward ” Policarpio , Mr. Joel Agojo and Mr. Daryl Brady were selected to join the Race Camp at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in the United Kingdom in August 2015 .

Mr. Jose ” Joward” Policarpio -Champion of the GT Academy -Asia

The Philippine Top 6 then underwent a 9-day competition against finalists from Japan , Thailand , India and Indonesia to determine one winner for the Nissan GT Academy Asia leg. Mr. Policarpio bested the rest of the finalists in a qualifying race and was named the first Nissan GT Academy Asia- Champion .

 group photo

For more details and updates on the upcoming new season of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines, please visit  Facebook Page: NissanPhilippinesInc

Website: https://www.nissan.ph/

42nd Philippine Bonsai Society Show

The Philippine Bonsai Society Incorporated in partnership with Market! Market ! and Ayala Land Corporation presents to the gardening public and enthusiasts the 42nd annual bonsai show.

The show will be held from March 17 to 20, 2016 at Market Market within Bonifacio Global City ( BGC ) . There will also be a commercial section for those who wanted to buy bonsai materials .

Winners of PLDT Smart SME Nation’s BOZZ Awards

Palace Pool Club , Bonifacio Global City -Taguig City – Philippines

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s in partnership with Rappler, Voyager, Idealspace, Bloomberg Philippines, Uber, Takatack and Airnb. The Bozz Awards was established to recognize Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs ) who have displayed excellence in technological innovation and digital integration .

 usherettes 

In the long run , it aims to highlight the crucial role of digital technology in supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses in the country.

participants enjoyed the pool party 

PLDT- SMART executives and special guests

floating neon balls

The event was held at the posh Palace Pool Club within Bonifacio Global City in Taguig last night with several hundreds of participants from well-known entrepreneurs, SMART -PLDT executives , media practitioners, bloggers , online news , marketing executives among others.

Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation

Dr. Cecilo Pedro was among the prominent businessman invited in the event.

Website: http://www.lamoiyan.com/

pastries

There were also good food and everyone enjoyed their wonderful time at the pool party .

 PLDT SMART SME BOZZ winners

The competition was tight – over 500 nominations poured in from across the country to compete for the final spots.  The FINALISTS will go through the Silicon Valley Experience care of PLDT Smart SME.

The public voting came down to 15 strong contenders. A panel of industry leaders and the public’s votes determined the winners across 5 categories:

FINALISTS

  • Boss for  Mobile Readiness – MOBKARD by Carlo Calimon , OrangeAPPS ,Inc. by Gian Javelona, Olryt Homes Philippine Real Estate by Arthur Olano
  • Boss for E-Commerce- INDIGOBaby by Ms. Denise Gonzales , Renegade Folk by Tina and Regina Sambalido , Kimstore by Kim Lato
  • Boss for Customer Service- Lay Bare Waxing Salon by Paolo Hilario , Homegrown Media by Daniella Yaptinchay, Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano
  • Boss for Social Responsibility- Bambike by Ryan McClelland, Rags2Riches by Reese Fernandez -Ruiz, Messy Bessy by Kristine Reyes-Lopez
  • Boss for Social Media – Snoe Beauty by Jen Gerodias -Diaz , Happy Skin by Jacqe Yuengtian -Gutierrez nd Rissa Mananquil -Trillo , Jason Magbanua by Jason Magbanua

WINNERS

BOSS for Social Media – “All I wanted to do is to connect to people” -Jason Magbanua

Boss for E-Commerce – Ms. Kim Lato of Kimstore

Boss for Mobile Readiness– Mobkard by Carlo Calimon

Boss for Social Responsibility – Messy Bessy -Ms. Kristine Reyes-Lopez

Boss for Customer Service -Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano

Note: It was a wonderful night to cap the event, I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Millet Liberato DDB for the invitation extended .