Sunday, March 2, 2014
MANILA BULLETIN - Guevarra's Opens
by Heidi Ng
October 13, 2013
San Juan’s newest and most talked-about foodie haven has officially opened its doors to the public! The grand opening was hosted by local celebrity Bobby Yan and the festivities included a welcome dance by the Sanglahi Dance Troupe and a formal ribbon-cutting led by Guia Gomez, Mayor of San Juan, together with Francisco Zamora, Vice Mayor of San Juan, and Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito.Teresa Macasaet-Jesudason and Evangeline Lim, two of the former owners of the establishment Xintiandi spa which is now housing the popular buffet destination were also present.
The guests were warmly welcomed by Chef Rolando Laudico, Executive Chef of Chef Laudico Group, and Chef Jacqueline Laudico, Executive Pastry Chef and CEO of Chef Laudico Group.
While the culinary team of Chef Laudico did not disappoint with its much talked-about Filipino buffet, the whole event was a true cornucopia of culinary, visual and musical artistry. A personal favorite of mine is the roasting and the Filipino desserts from maja blanca to halo-halo.
The grand opening also marked the launch of the month-long exhibit entitled “Time Taken By Brush Strokes” by artist Vincent Padilla. After imparting a brief message, he completed a portrait of Chef Roland and Chef Jacqueline in front of the guests.
The paintings showcased were available for sale during and after the event, although a few pieces which included “Time Taken by Brushstrokes”, “Genius Has No Country” and “Life Dedicated to A Great Ideal,” were auctioned off, with the proceeds donated to the Philippine Red Cross, San Juan.
Assisting in the auction were the Miss Philippines – Earth 2013 winners, Angelee Claudett Delos Reyes (Miss Philippines Earth 2013), Bernadette Aguirre (Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism 2013), Alma Cabasal (Miss Philippines Fire 2013) and Kimverlyn Suiza (Miss Philippines Air 2013).
Aside from the welcome dance by the Sanglahi Dance Troupe, guests were also entertained with a song number from Mark Mabasa, a finalist from the first season of the show, “X Factor Philippines.” Vincent Padilla’s daughter, Cezanne Padilla also serenaded the crowd with a piano performance.
Included in the extensive guest list were Councilor Charisse Abalos of Mandaluyong, Councilor Angelo Agcaoili of San Juan, Cindy Ejercito, Philip Abadicio of “Style RPA,” Zenaida Seva (horoscope segment host of “Umagang Kay Ganda”), ABS CBN’s travel host Kat de Castro. The ladies from Summit Media, Myrza Sison, Mia Cruz, Tisha Angluben and Angel Constantino as well as Liza So of Red Cross San Juan, DJ Grace Lee and actress Pinky Amador were also present during the event.
For reservations and inquiries, you may contact Guevarra’s at the following numbers: 705 1874, 705 1811, 502 5006, 0917 311 2222, 0922 381 7999 and 0939 648 3311.
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