Saturday, September 14, 2019

1st PH National Barista Assembly Up this September


The first-ever Assembly of Baristas in the Philippines is happening this September!

Henry & Sons, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, call on the country’s baristas, coffee enthusiasts and similarly interested individuals, to register at the 1st National Barista Assembly happening on September 20, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center Aura, in Taguig City. 

This event aims to unite Filipino Baristas and bring back the Philippines on the global coffee spotlight through a sustainable coffee economy. Coffee enthusiasts, restaurateurs, hoteliers, media personalities, influencers along with other walk-in attendees of the assembly, will also be present during the event. 

The Assembly features  various competitions happening simultaneously, to provide a platform for coffee professionals, enthusiasts, and baristas to showcase their skills. The competitions aims to encourage Baristas to bring out their potentials, creativity, and skills in coffee crafting and related art. Moreover, it is also about inspiring everyone to elevate their skills and aim for excellence in their service and presentation to meet world-class standards. 

Henry & Sons is a holistic coffee solutions company. They offer premium roasted coffee, top-of-the-line coffee machines, and accessories, coffee solutions, as well as training to suit various challenging demands.  

They are committed in promoting the local coffee scene through events and programs that support the sustainability of the Filipino coffee industry.  The company’s President and CEO, Michael Harris Conlin, is a champion of a sustainable coffee economy. After his successful participation in the World Coffee Championships as the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion, Conlin is eager to create more exceptional initiatives and pursue his passion for excellence. 

Henry & Sons also owns The Giving Cafe (TGC). This coffee shop provides support to the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE), which helps coffee Filipino coffee farmers in Itogon, Benguet. The TGC works as an income-generating program for the foundation. Thus, they do not rely on other agencies and companies for support. 

The FSCE supports farmers by providing training so that they will have technical awareness on how to grow better quality coffee. The foundation works to help the farmers in their medical needs and for the educational needs of their children. The FSCE aims to develop a generation that appreciates the coffee culture of their family and continue to this journey instead of exploring other jobs or migrating. 

Henry & Sons also run the Institute of Coffee Excellence. This institute is where they train future barista champions, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and other coffee enthusiasts. The training will help elevate their level and for them to become at par with the global coffee industry. 

Additionally, the Manila Coffee Gear showcases the company’s coffee-related machines and equipment. They also provide technical support and training for the use of these coffee machines. They also have coffee grinders, coffee accessories, and the Henry Ready-to-Mix powders. 

For more information regarding the first National Barista Assembly, visit www.facebook.com/baristasquest or contact Tony Dy at 0917.153.1188

Friday, September 13, 2019

Ever Bilena Welcomes Bb Pilipinas 2019 Winners


The newly-crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2019 queens were congratulated for their victory during a visit at the corporate offices of Ever Bilena, the country’s number one local cosmetics brand, in Caloocan. The queens were welcomed by top Ever Bilena executives and had a chance to sit down and engage with supporters through a Facebook Live broadcast, which was streamed on Ever Bilena’s FB page. Ever Bilena has been a proud supporter of the Binibining Pilipinas since 2017 – a testament to the company’s mission and vision of enhancing the Filipina beauty on the global stage. Photo shows (L-R) Pilipinas 2019 1st Runner-Up Maria Andrea Abesamis, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 Emma Mary Tiglao, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Ashley Lo, Ever Bilena Cosmetics brand manager Elin Katipunan, Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong, Ever Bilena sales and marketing director Denice Sy, marketing manager Olive Padilla, Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, Bb. Pilipinas 2019 2nd Runner-Up Samantha Mae Bernardo, and Miss Careline 2019 Jessica Marasigan. For more information, visit everbilena.com.ph.

“East Asia Super League – The Terrific 12” Star Players Express Excitement About Games Ahead “Our plan is to win the championship…” – Liaoning Flying Leopards’ guard, Lance Stephenson


[HONG KONG SAR – September 9] – The world will soon witness a battle royale when top club teams from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines face off in The Terrific 12 from September 17-22 at Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion. The Terrific 12 is filled to the brim with All-Star and national team talent from the best teams across East Asia, each of whom are championship contenders in their respective leagues.

Teams are leaving nothing to chance and have assembled their best rosters, including national team players and foreign imports. “I can’t wait to play in The Terrific 12 with my new teammates. I’m excited to play in such a great tournament this early in the season. It should really help us unite as a team and help me acclimate to this new style of play more easily,” said Liaoning Flying Leopards’ new star guard, Lance Stephenson.

Lance Stephenson is one of many former NBA players who will join top teams as a foreign import player in The Terrific 12. After signing with the Leopards earlier this offseason, Lance is ready for his debut with the club and to bring The Terrific 12 trophy to Liaoning. He also added, “Our plan is to win the championship, so that momentum will help us as a club heading into the regular season.”

The best clubs and players go up against their international champion counterparts which has players chomping at the bit. The Filipino star from TNT KaTropa known as “The Blur”, Jayson Castro, will go head to head with Lance Stephenson specified, “I’m going to show them what speed really looks like. They’ll never see me coming. We’re going to show these other teams how the PBA does things.”

The Terrific 12 presents an opportunity to showcase respective leagues and players to basketball fans in other geographies. International sensation from Utsunomiya Brex, Makoto Hiejima, mentioned “Although the Japanese teams are getting stronger, there's a need to experience more games against top opponents through EASL. We will energize not only Asia, but also the world via the games!”

Each club will clash with new challengers they’ve never faced before. The diverse opponents galvanize player development and improve club performance. The Super 8 Finals champion and leader of the Chiba Jets, Ryumo Ono, stated “I am so excited to enjoy and participate in the games of The Terrific 12, because it’s totally different from our league. Each team is very sophisticated and just as strong as any team we've ever gone up against. I cannot wait!.”

The Terrific 12 features key positional matchups and players are eager to find out how they’ll fare. Shenzhen big man, Li Muhao, stated “I really look forward to going up against Filipino big man, June Mar Fajardo. He’s a legendary player, but I don’t think he knows what he’s getting himself into.” San Miguel Beermen’s big man responded, “We’ve got a pretty tough group. We’ll be up against some strong big men, especially the guys from Shenzhen. But, we've seen it all in terms of competition and will be relying on our team effort and championship experience to carry us through.”

The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions return to Macao led by star guard, Sun Minghui. It’s championship or nothing for this team as Sun noted “This is my third year participating in an EASL event and I’m not going home empty handed.” Shen Zijie of the Shenzhen Aviators also returns to EASL and is eager to compete, “We’re ready to prove that we deserve to be here and showcase what the CBA brings to the table.”

Last year’s champion, The Ryukyu Golden Kings, return to defend their title. However, this time around, everyone wants their shot at the champs. San Miguel Beermen’s “Golden Boy” Terrence Romeo stated “I really feel like I'm on my game and the experience with San Miguel enhanced my skills and confidence. Ryuichi Kishimoto is good so it will be an interesting matchup individually and a team basis.”

KCC Egis All-star, Lee Junghyun, stated “The best way to become an elite club is through competition. The Terrific 12 provides that opportunity and the ability for the KBL to showcase its clubs and star talent.” The games are sure to provide an action-packed week of basketball featuring the best club to club competition East Asia has to offer.