Congratulations, Conrad & Zsa Zsa!

THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - November 5, 2015 - 9:00am

Businessman Noel Oñate hosted an engagement party for singer/actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and architect Conrad Onglao at his house in Makati City.  Most of the female guests ogled Zsa Zsa’s three-carat princess cut engagement ring.

The party, with a lavish dinner buffet spread — that included steak carving, seafood and pasta — was catered by chef Jessie Sincioco. Music was provided by pianist Jim Cornejo and singer Crisha Ledesma.

Zsa Zsa gamely rendered a few songs…so did guests Cathy Binag, Rowena Moran, lawyer Mike Toledo, Gretchen Barretto and eight-year-old Casey Frankum.

It was a night of food, wine and karaoke as Noel wished the couple nothing but the best. Again, congratulations, Conrad and Zsa Zsa!

‘Little river’ at The Fort

Foodies, listen up! The new Ogawa Traditional Japanese restaurant at The Fort will tickle your discriminating palates. The restaurant is from the roster brands of No Limits Food Inc.

At the launch, guests were greeted by ladies dressed up in yukatas as entered an antique main door accompanied by a traditional three drumbeats in the reception area.

The restaurant is named after its executive chef Kiyoshi Ogawa, whose name “ogawa” also means “little river.”

Owner George Pua guarantees that the restaurant’s Japan-sourced ingredients are always at best, pristine and premium. 

(Ogawa is located at 5th Ave. corner 28th St., Bonifacio Global City on the second  floor of Tony Roma’s.  For inquiries and reservations, call 886-4994, 886-4996 or 0917-8564292. Visit  www.ogawamanila.com.)

Milestone in the Queen City of the South

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, marked a milestone event as it announced its foray into the Visayas with Citadines Cebu City.

The international-class serviced residence is the Ascott’s eighth property in the Philippines, reinforcing its lead as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the country. Owned by Cebu Landmasters, the property is set to open in 2019.

The company currently operates three award-winning brands: Ascott, Citadines and Somerset, each catering to different travelers’ needs. Ascott offers luxurious living homes with excellent services for business travelers while Citadines is an ideal vibrant home in the city with flexible services for individuals on the go. Somerset is known for its stylish apartments for executives and their families.

Upon its completion in 2019, the contemporary serviced residence will be part of a mixed-use development that will also comprise offices, retail and private residential units — the ideal second home for discerning international businessmen and leisure travelers.

The 180-apartment development will feature a range of studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as exclusive lofts, complete with all the modern conveniences of home. There will also be meeting and function rooms for business travelers. And for work-life balance, the property will feature a recreational floor complete with a swimming pool and fitness center.  There will likewise be commercial spaces on the ground floor, including a supermarket, dining and retail outlets.

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