Champagne for charity

- Johnny Litton (The Philippine Star) - February 8, 2015 - 12:00am

The Champagne Barons de Rothschild Charity Dinner was themed by wine diva Tita Trillo to resemble the grandeur of the Cannes Film Festival, where world-renowned personalities from the international film industry walked down the red carpet towards the Palais des Festivals amidst the flashing cameras of the paparazzi.

For the gala event, Tita selected the penthouse of Diamond Hotel Philippines so guests could see the hustle and bustle of Roxas Boulevard as well as the majestic tranquility of Manila Bay, similar to the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Each dinner pairing highlighted the selection of wines that embodies the essence of the Rothschild family’s wine-making values: perfection, constancy, excellence and refinement.

Champagne Barons de Rothschild managing director Frederic Mairesse flew in from France just for the occasion to help the poorest of the poor in Delpan, Tondo through the Missionaries of Charity and for the evangelization program of the Society of Saint Paul.

The party took a humorous turn after Tita Trillo’s announcement that the celebration was for her 21st birthday. This announcement  sparked the whole gang of visitors cheering up with free-flowing Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut served with canapés specially prepared by the Diamond Hotel.

The party concluded with Frederic Mairesse hopping from table to table, describing his wines as all the guests sipped every last drop of his premier cru champagnes.



For the lovebirds


We hosted a special dinner lately in honor of two of our good friends at UMU, Dusit Thani Manila’s premier Japanese restaurant.

Recently married David Ackerman and his wife, friend and confidante, the former Mache Torres, were in perfect company indulging in salmon and tuna sashimi, Philippine maki, wafu steak, gindara teriyaki and ebi tempura specially prepared by UMU’s Japanese chefs accompanied with excellent sake and a selection of wines.

Yes, David and Mache reminded us of that saying: “We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”


Travel Expo in February


Villa Medica Germany, Centre for Regenerative Medicine has partnered with the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) for its Travel Tour Expo 2015 (TTE 2015) slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Feb. 13 to 15.

Present at the contract signing were (seated, from left) Villa Medica-Philippines country director Suzette Lopez, Villa Medica International senior executive director Michael Loh, TTE2015 chairman Marciano Ragaza III and PTAA president and TTE2015 vice chairperson Maria Michelle Victoria with (standing) Villa Medica-Philippines country manager Rosemarie Fernandez and TTE2015 publicity chairman Cris Aquino.




Happy birthday to our celebrator today, Primeline Inc.’s Ronnie Henares.

Advance birthday greetings to Aficionado Germany Perfume SVP and COO Remar de Leon; Feb. 9; Tessie Daza, Feb. 10; Johnny Manahan and “Knit Queen” Lulu Tan Gan, Feb. 11; The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts corporate director for marketing and communications Ryan Chan, Feb. 12; Henri Muzzarelli and IT consultant Justin Rebano, Feb. 13; Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino, Princess Monjierra Disini and ace photographer Mandy Navasero, Feb. 14.

So, how was your week?


(For comments and inquiries, please e-mail me at jjlitton@indanet.com.)

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