Manila’s health buffs get juiced up

2:37 am | Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

MAX’S Restaurant president Robert Trota, Jamba Juice Phils. managing director Sharon Fuentebella, Jamba Juice vice president for global development Thibault de Chatellus, Jamba Juice international operations director Dar Vasseghi, Krispy Kreme chair Jim Fuentebella, Krispy Kreme Phils. managing director Carlyn Salud, Max’s Restaurant director Jimmy Trota, Cristina Garcia

JAMBA Juice ambassadors Erwin Heussaff and Tata Garcia (right), host Drew Arellano

Jamba Juice finally gets cosmo Manille’s health buffs Jamba-fied and applauding. Is there anything more exciting than getting Jamba-fied? Plus, there’s having blogger and health advocate Erwann Heussaff, UAAP Basketball Rookie of the Year Keifer Ravena, and former collegiate women’s football team member and now coach Cristina “Tata” Garcia blending your smoothies for you!

Well, dahlings, for one whole healthy day we had the pleasure of being with the brand ambassadors of the healthy and yummy Jamba Juice during the opening of the new Jamba Juice store in Bonifacio High Street—the brand’s first branch in South East Asia, palanggas.

TESSA Prieto Valdes, Robert Trota

“Jamba Juice sources the highest quality of fruits from around the globe, which blends deliciously in smoothies and juices. This is why Jamba Juice Philippines, together with the Bureau of Plant Industry-Guimaras National Mango Research and Development Center, is lobbying to use the mangoes here in the Philippines, since what our country has is arguably the sweetest mango in the whole world, and to support the development of our local mango industry and communities whose livelihood is dependent upon the Guimaras mango trade,” said witty Sharon Fuentebella, managing director of Jamba Juice Philippines.

MARK Gamboa, Freesurf Inc. marketing officer Kina del Castillo, Freesurf Inc. marketing manager Charl Sapina, Geiser Maclang’s Brad Geiser, Freesurf. Inc. president Freddy Gonzalez

As one of the biggest food brands that have been operating inside and outside the country for more than 60 years, the Max’s Group of Companies is known for introducing the much-loved Max’s Restaurant and Max’s Corner Bakery. “The Max’s Group of Companies’ growing food portfolio has provided the company with new insights on the healthy eating habits of the Filipinos. We are optimistic about Jamba Juice growing into a much beloved brand in the country, as Jamba Juice lives by the same values as the Max’s Group of Companies,” said Mark Gamboa, marketing manager of Jamba Juice Philippines, to the applause of the invitees.

Then it was time to dig into the totally healthy Jamba Juice, that really made moi feel great and energetic the whole day—so much so that I just had to go out that night and party, dahlings!

(Jamba Juice Philippines has its first flagship store in Bonifacio High Street Central. More info? Visit http://jambajuice.ph.)

‘Besos’ and great food

MAX Magalona, Marc Gueco

The first time I was brought to the already popular resto at the time, it was by Tatler’s Anton San Diego. It was a food trip for me, and I fell in love with their dishes at the first taste! Now, Beso Cucina Vinoteka finally opened its doors, shaking and heating up the flourishing restaurant scene at Bonifacio’s High Street Central, Taguig, dahlings.

BESO partners Carlo Miguel, Raj Sadhwani, Stephen Ku, Mitch Malli, Ivan Zalameda, Marc Soong

Needless to say, Manille’s hot personalities came in full eating and partying mode, palanggas, like TV host Tim Yap and actress Maxene Magalona, Smart head of wireless Noel Lorenzano, Gina Lorenzano, and lawyer Mike Toledo, among other like them, palanggas.

The ultimate crowd favorite proved to be Beso Paella, an original recipe from mega executive chef Carlo’s famille, drowned with Beso Sangria, naturellement.

Other bestsellers include their metro-renowned and absolute favorite Chorizo and Chocolate on Toast; wow, it was so good I had three helpings, would you believe? Then they have the yummy Shrimp and Chorizo Croquetas, Pintxos, and Grilled Angus Rib-Eye, plus their variety of reasonably priced Spanish wines, dahlings.

CENTURY Properties’ Helena Belmonte, Patty Tumulak, Draft’s Marco de Guzman

BESO’S super dedicated partners Erik Cua and GP Reyes

“Beso was created by the same team behind the city’s other roster of celebrated establishments like Draft Gastro-Pub, Opus, The Distillery and Izakaya. The management team is composed of executive chef Carlo Miguel, operations head Mitch Malli, Raj Sadhwani, my pals GP Reyes, Stephen Ku, Marc Soong, and Enrique Gonzales,” explained Beso managing director Ivan Zalameda. The modern interiors of the resto were designed by no less than the main man himself, business whiz Erik Cua, dahlings.

Here’s besos to all you food lovers, mwaahh!

(Beso is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-12 midnight on Sundays. For reservations, call 6212554 and 0926-6149695; for birthdays and other events, call 0917-5621708 and look for Kate Sangco, marketing manager Draft Gastro Pub & Beso Cucina Vinoteka.)

GE Philippines’ new CEO

MANNY Quimson, VP for Petro Terminals of Phoenix Petroleum; John Alcordo, country executive of GE Energy; Gemiliano Lopez, chair and CEO of Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp.; Willie Elumba, GE Energy business development manager for power and water-Southeast Asia; Tirso Santillan Jr., executive VP of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc.

VINCE Perez, Alternegy president and CEO; Tyrena Holley, US Embassy Commercial Attaché; James Go, JG Summit Holdings Inc. chair and CEO; Stuart Dean, GE Asean president; Jocot de Dios, GE Phil. chief executive officer

Another FIRST for a Filipino, palanggas, when tall, dashing Jocot de Dios was given the awesome position of chief executive officer for General Electric (GE), the first time in six years for a Filipino to assume that position in the country.

To celebrate this happening, a grand dinner reception was held at The Atrium, Enderun Colleges in Fort Bonifacio, with 100 chosen invitees, who are key customers and GE business leaders, natch!

JAIME I. Cabangis, Digitel Mobile Phils. Inc. CFO; Jaime B. Bautista, Philippine Airlines president and COO; Chris Drewer, GE Aviation regional GM; Napoleon T. Trinidad, GE Aviation program manager; Cesar Chiong, Philippine Airlines senior assistant vice president

“De Dios’ appointment emphasizes GE’s commitment to transform the lives of Filipinos through advances in technology and innovative solutions. With his leadership style and business acumen, De Dios will be at the helm of the ‘One GE’ approach, which ensures that customers’ relevant needs are addressed, while working closely with GE Asean, corporate teams and GE business leaders in identifying market expansion of GE’s businesses in the country,” said Stuart Dean, CEO of GE Asean no less, dahlings.

Jocot has a Masters of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, was managing director and CEO of Nido Petroleum Ltd., was also previously the Energy Undersecretary and Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp. chair. Wow!

With a background like this, now you know why Jocot de Dios is where he is—at the top, palanggas!

Tags: Food , Health Drinks , Jamba Juice , Lifestyle

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