It was all fun and dreaming up new trips to visit at Raffles & Fairmont Makati Ballroom when Philippine Tatler Traveller once again celebrated the Art of Luxury Travel at a lavish cocktail event.
Tied to the event was the launch of the latest volume featuring Marion Branellec de Guzman on the cover story, featuring a shoot in Hanoi, Vietnam, PAL’s latest South East Asian destination.
Mike Toledo along with Philippine Tatler Traveller editor, Mia Borromeo and Philippine Tatler director, Dr Randy Francisco were all on deck to welcome only Manila’s stylish and well-traveled guests.
Culinary delights were served up by Raflles & Fairmont Makati chefs, to accompany the champagne, rosé, red wine, and lychee martinis. There was also a selection of botanical gin and tonics paired with Raffles’ to-die-for chicharon.
Gourmet food selections included traditional Vietnamese specialities, a lamb carving station, sushi bar, and grazing table complete with raclette.
DJ Cocoy Puyat’s beautiful sounds filled the air and marvelous creative vignettes showcased the finest things that global brands have to offer: Anya Resorts & Residences Tagaytay, Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Beauty Bar, Dusit Thani, Escada, Eye Society, Filigree, Giordano Ladies, Jewelmer, Medical City, Nespresso, Normann Copenhagen, Paul & Shark, Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Savoy Hotel Manila, Sunglass Haven, and Turkish Airlines.
A ceremonial toast with Philippine Tatler Managing director Irene Martel Francisco, PNB President and CEO Wick Veloso, EVP of Retail Banking Sector Bernie Tocmo, Standard Insurance’s Board Director Pia Echauz Chua and Tootsy Angara, Raffles & Fairmont Makati’s Director of Communications Monique Toda, cover lady Marion Branellec De Guzman, and Philippine Tatler Traveller Editor Mia Borromeo, kicked off the official unveiling of the stunning cover shot in Hanoi’s iconic Ngoc Son temple.
Aside from this, there were 40 prizes raffled off ranging from the latest in fashion and beauty, hotel and resort stays, gourmet experiences, aesthetic and wellness services, home furnishings, to exciting trips.
Luckiest guests of all were Frannie Jacinto who won a PNB/Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles Certificate worth 88,000 Miles (equivalent to two roundtrip business class tickets to Hanoi); Miguel Oliveira, winner of a Jewelmer South Sea pearl pendant set in 18-karat gold; vivacious Tina Cuevas who took home a Turkish Airlines business class ticket to any destination of her choice in Turkey or Europe; and last but not the least, fashionable Duday Tuason who capped the night with a splendid GC for an Amawaterways cruise for two (on either the Rhine or Danube River, or to Bordeaux) courtesy of Intas Luxe and Intas Destinations.
Sponsors for the event were PNB, led by President and CEO Wick Veloso and wife Cayenne and Standard Insurance represented by Sophia Echauz Chua.