A toast to Louis XIII

THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - December 17, 2015 - 9:00am

Respected and iconic cognac brand Louis XIII from the house of Remy Martin hosted an exclusive dinner at Old Manila in The Peninsula Manila. The venue was decorated with beautifully lit glass cases of special and rare decanters of Louis XIII cognac.

International ambassador for Louis XIII Chian Mei Gan flew in from Cognac, France to be part of the event and shared with guests the passion, complexity and tradition behind the creation of every decanter of cognac. The cognac brand was created in 1874 and was showcased at the 1900 Paris universal exhibition.

Joining the guests for a specially curated five-course meal by Old Manila chef de cuisine Bertrand Charles were Lucerne’s Emerson Yao and Remy Cointreau’s Antonio Pineda.

The dinner’s highlight was the opening of a special decanter of Louis XIII for the guests to enjoy. Special Remy Martin pliers held the cognac that was made with centuries of skill, passion and luxury. Chian Mei Gan led everyone to a cognac appreciation ceremony and toasted to tradition and excellence.

Louis XIII is an icon in the world of fine cognacs revered for its complex blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie from Grand Champagne ranging from 40 to 100 years old. It is bottled in that classic decanter adorned with the fleur-de-lis.

Heineken screens Spectre

James Bond fans had a chance to catch the latest movie of the franchise, Spectre, during Heineken’s exclusive movie screening at SM Aura.

Athlete Anton del Rosario and event host and Heineken ambassador Maxene Magalona led the pack who trooped to watch the latest installment of the Heineken-James Bond partnership.

Anton said, “As a fan of both James Bond and Heineken, I really looked forward to this event. I dressed up like James Bond and even mingled with other Bond fans. I think this is the closest thing to being a James Bond for a night!”

Maxene officially opened the screening night with 350 invited guests, who celebrated the long-time partnership of Heineken and James Bond that spans 17 years.

Country manager for Heineken Philippines David Tulloch was present to witness how Filipinos warmly welcomed the partnership for the first time in the country. He said, “It is an exciting time for Heineken here in the Philippines. I hope the guests here continue to pursue legendary achievements in their own right.”

Heineken is an international premium lager and was first brewed in Amsterdam in 1864. It is now enjoyed in 192 countries around the world.

An afternoon of pampering

It was a blissful afternoon of pampering and relaxation when feminine brand Whisper unveiled its most innovative pad to date — Whisper Skin Love.

Held at Chi, The Spa at EDSA Shangri-La Manila, guests enjoyed special spa services and a sumptuous skin-friendly three-course meal.

Brand manager Jan Ang said, “Whisper believes that ‘that time of the month’ should not limit you — instead, it is a reminder to take care of yourself, to take the extra step to pamper, indulge and make sure you get the best care you deserve because we feel your period experience should be at this level of comfort.”

The launch also saw the unveiling of the brand’s newest endorser Isabelle Daza. With a very busy and active life, Belle admitted that stars aren’t always aligned. She said, “I panic, first and foremost. I’m normal like any human being. But I think I just kind of realize that every problem comes with a solution. I just have to take my time to find that solution. I don’t think having your period should be an excuse. The solution is to find the right pad that is light and breathable.”

The importance of finding a pad that is breathable and gentle to the skin was also emphasized by dermatologist Kaye Bautista, who delivered a short talk on how one can enjoy the most comfortable period experience.

“There are so many things that we can do each day, and nothing should stop us from being on the move — not even our period,” Belle concluded.

(Visit www.everydayme.com.ph/tag/whisper.) (Follow me on Instagram @pepperteehankee.)

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