Sabado, Disyembre 19, 2015

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau TCEB Press Conference

The Press Conference was held at Makati Diamond Residences on December 9, 2015 at 10AM. 

With Jaruwan Suwanassat, Exhibitions and Events Director Together with Dr. Mina Gabor former President of CITEM (Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions). former Secretary of Department of Tourism and President of International School of Sustainable Tourism.

Question and answer portion from the guests


Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), a government agency operating under supervision of the Prime Minister responsible for the promotion and development of Thailand M.I.C.E (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions) industry, is organizing for the 4th year the THAILAND – PHILIPPINE ROADSHOW 2015 in Manila, Philippines which aims to further strengthen the bilateral collaboration and trade promotion between the two countries through MICE.  

The discussion runs about how to boost Thailand’s strategic cooperation for the Philippine market, TCEB had launched the “Extra Exhibitions: Expand Business Opportunities in the ASEAN” promotion campaign.


Thailand Bolsters Exhibition Ties with the Philippines.
Extra Benefits will be offered through ‘Thailand Extra Exhibition’

With the Philippines considered as one of the priority countries for Thailand for trade, the Thailand government ups its marketing efforts and bolsters its exhibition platform as a gateway to do business with the ASEAN market.

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) takes the lead on behalf of its government in the development and success of Thailand's MICE sector with the launch of 
"Extra Exhibitions: Expand Business Opportunities in ASEAN" on Dec. 9 and 10,  at the Makati Diamond Residences Hotel in Ayala Center, Makati City. 

TCEB has chosen Manila to be the venue of the international launch of the promotional campaign which will serve as a business matching platform for Thai-registered public exhibition organizers (PEO) engaged in trade, energy, food and agriculture, health and wellness, and automotive and logistics to present and promote their trade shows with Philippine trade associations. 

Bilateral trade between the two countries has reached more than $5 billion annually in recent years, with Thailand as the Philippines’ eighth largest trading partner in 2014.  On the other hand, the Philippines is Thailand’s 6th largest trading partner in the ASEAN and the 18th biggest in the world. 

Last year, visiting Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha cited that bilateral trade between the two countries grew at 10 percent and urged the two countries to ‘’work even more closely together to enhancing the ‘Partnership for Prosperity’ between Thailand and the Philippines and strengthening the ASEAN community at large.” 

In that same visit, President Aquino noted that San Miguel Corp., Liwayway Food Industries Co. Ltd., Goldilocks, and Monde Nissin “have established their presence” in Thailand, while Thai enterprises have “likewise opened doors of opportunity” for Filipinos. 

At least eight PEOs will participate in the event which hopes to generate awareness of TCEB and promote exhibitions and extra exhibitions in Thailand, as well as, expand business opportunities in ASEAN with industry professionals. 


Thailand Extra Exhibition
Expand Your Business Opportunities in ASEAN

An exhibition in Thailand becomes a high-potential marketplace offering extra benefits and connections, all while producing productive outcomes. Thailand helps build strong connections across the region and the world, giving access to these extra benefits. 

Seamlessly linking ASEAN through its upgraded infrastructure development plan, Thailand is taking its place as a regional connectivity capital, allowing all exhibitions to enjoy extra benefits. The infrastructure development and expansion projects will facilitate better distribution of resources, goods and information, both within Thailand, in the region, and to world markets.

The Kingdom’s connections and collaboration with other countries have further improved and trade has expanded, while its network of free trade agreements has further opened up access to the market both within and outside the region. These have made the country a regional trade center and a production and export powerhouse for various industries, the most notable of which include the automotive, energy, and agro-industries.

Through exhibitions, Thailand enhances connections to create new milestones, and strong business links alongside integration with its industry professionals and alliances will empower this connection. Exhibitions in Thailand enjoy the real power of connections - and even one connection can build bridges to unlimited opportunities. 

Ultimate Central Marketplace
Expand Connection for Extra Business Benefits 

Exhibitions in Thailand offer easy access to the region’s dynamic marketplace, including the Kingdom’s own booming domestic economy and those of neighboring countries. Thailand today plays a major role in promoting regional cooperation and integration. Exhibitions in Thailand benefit from a new level of sophistication and a wide spectrum of services – benefiting both organizers and participants alike.
  • ASEAN Connectivity Capital - The country is fast becoming the ASEAN Capital of Connectivity, thanks to its infrastructure development plan resulting in efficient transportation links throughout the region. Such seamless connectivity gives exhibitions in Thailand extra benefits and better connections.
  • Asia’s Crossroad - Thailand is primed to take center stage by emerging at Asia’s crossroads, with its diverse destinations right at the heart of the fast-growing ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) area, a newly emerging market offering great business potential.
  • World’s Destination - Thailand is a world-recognized business events paradise, thanks to its abundance of diverse, cutting-edge exhibition venues, stunning choice of hotels and accommodation across the country, and upgraded telecommunication infrastructure.

Trade Powerhouse
Expanded Liberalisation for Extra Trade Empowerment. 

Exhibitions in Thailand are the springboard to link businesses to the marketplaces of ASEAN, Asia, and the world. Thailand places a great emphasis on expanding regional collaboration and building stronger regional networks while developing and strengthening the exhibitions industry, both in the Kingdom and in other ASEAN+6 member countries. Thailand will be a platform for business empowerment by
  • ASEAN MICE Collaboration - The ASEAN MICE Collaboration initiative will link up exhibitions in Thailand with the integrated trading market of the AEC, further connecting them to the global supply chain. 
  • Asia’s Trade Powerhouse - Thailand’s connections and collaboration with other countries will further improve and expand trade promotion. Thailand’s allure stems from its role as a regional powerhouse of production and export. Thailand’s six free trade agreements (FTAs) with Australia, China, India, New Zealand and the 10 member countries of ASEAN have made the country an even more attractive marketplace for exhibitions. 
  • World’s Spotlight Industry -  The country’s industrial production has grown and diversified rapidly both in long-established and newly emerging industry. Exports of electronics, automotive and auto parts, sectors in which foreigners are heavily invested, have increased significantly. Not only have FTAs drastically expanded duty-free access to 2.87 billion people, key industries have been liberalized, logistics streamlined and regulations on foreign investments further liberalized.

The Power of Connection
Expanded Collaboration for Extra Solution and Profitable Diversity. 

Exhibitions in Thailand empower and enhance effective and effortless business connections. One connection can build bridges to other connections. Thailand will embrace the power of connections allowing your business to achieve ultimate success with 
  • Savvy Networkers - Beyond recognition for its proficient, creative and adaptive services, our renowned exhibition industry professionals and local alliances offer extra services, thanks to being savvy networkers, empowering your exhibitions and trade shows to achieve ultimate success. 
  • Trusted Partners - Our exhibition industry professionals and local alliances will be your trusted partners to facilitate and maximize these smart connections.
  • Qualified Approved Events - Endorsed by an ever-increasing number of audited shows in Thailand, almost 50 trade shows have qualified as Approved Events, measuring up to TCEB’s high standards.
One of the main questions and issues that has been raised during the conference was regarding the security and or safety, however, TECb provides an assurance that there will be enough and secuirty with the coordination witht he police officers and proper coordination during the events. 


 Had a great lunch from the hotel after the conference


With Dr. Mina Gabor

For more information or to get a complete list of trade shows, visit Business Events Thailand


Biyernes, Disyembre 18, 2015

AMWAY FUN RUN 2015


Last Decemebr 14, 2015 at AMWAY's office in Rada St. Makati happened the media launch for the Amway Nutrilite Health Run. It was a super heavy traffic night with a teardrops of rain along Ayala area in which yes, I was an hour late to the venue but thankful i made it but i could have been more earlier if I take a walk ;)

Nutrilite to host 4th Health Run in Manila, CDO and Davao 
Nutrilite, world’s No. 1 selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand*, will be hosting the 4th edition of its annual Nutrilite Health Run, a regional initiative that advocates wellness and healthy living. 

This year, Nutrilite aims to gather more than 20,000 runners across the three key cities in the Philippines—Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. “Amway advocates a holistic healthy active lifestyle. Therefore, we are hosting this annual event to encourage more people to put a premium on their personal wellness. We want more people to eat right, take in the right supplements and be active,” said Leni Olmedo, Country Manager, Amway Philippines.  

This year’s Nutrilite Health Run will cover two categories—5K and 10K respectively, and will kick off in Manila on January 24 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex Grounds, Cagayan de Oro on February 14 at Perla Compania De Seguros Building, Don Apolinar Velez Street, CDO and Davao on February 21, in SM Matina in Davao. 

“This year, we are levelling up the categories to make it more challenging for our regular runners. We are doing away with 1K category, where we initially started, because we want to challenge the runners to improve every year and to encourage the healthy active lifestyle sustainability,” Leni Olmedo
The registration fee is Php 350.00 and it comes with a free Nutrilite Health Run shirt, race bib and car sticker. 
Registration is from December 8, 2015 until February 21, 2016
Proceeds of the run will go to the Amway One By One Campaign for Children, Amway’s corporate social responsibility program. . 
Gun time is 5:30 am for 5k, 5:00 am for 10k distances respectively.

Nutrilite is exclusively distributed by Amway Philippines. 
Interested participants can register at all Amway Distribution Centers and via the online registration at Amway’s official microsite: Amway Happynings or the official Amway Facebook Account: Colorurlife FB  


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MOJO BY JBL YOUR MUSIC JUST BETTER!

STUDIO-GRADE SOUND QUALITY FOR SMARTPHONES AND CONNECTED DEVICES: JUST ADD MOJO!

This new little gadget but with huge super sound effect does make a BIG effect on today's sound system. No doubt about it and by far the only thing i had known so far, it's as if you have a whole sound of band in front of you playing it's like a live bands performing in front of you. 
December 03, 2015: Chord Electronics, with their exclusive distributor Beyond Innovations, Inc, has launched Mojo, a British-built headphone amplifier and DAC that enables smartphones and connected devices to deliver recording-studio sound quality from any headphone (Php 30,990). The venue is at the JBL Sound Gallery located in B3, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. But we were transferred at Bo's Coffee for a much spacious venue.



Presenting The MOJO "Mobile Joy"
Short presentation of MOJO product by Mr. Rob Watta

Lets face it we all started by using headphones for our soundtrippin' but now here's a new way to enjoy and groove to the music. But now MOJO brings studio quality sound to your phone.

It offers three different high-resolution digital inputs: Micro USB, optical and a 3.5mm coaxial input. Input selection is fully automatic: if more than one input is active, they are prioritized as USB first, coaxial second and optical third.  A Micro USB to USB cable is supplied with each Mojo and 

Chord Electronics will be offering consumers a range of approved, low-cost connecting cables for iOS devices and various other digital connections.  Fast charging  Mojo utilises new high-temperature battery technology, giving much faster charging (up to twenty hours’ faster than competitor units). A full charge is reached in just four hours via USB, giving around ten hours’ playback; Mojo's charging Micro USB port has a battery status and charging indicator light, too.
Chord Electronics, a world leader in digital audio, has launched Mojo. A contraction of ‘Mobile Joy’, Mojo is a headphone amplifier and DAC (digital-to-analogue convertor) that empowers smartphones to deliver music content at up to studio-master-tape quality. Mojo enables this due to Chord’s advanced proprietary digital signal processing technology.
Low-cost, widely available apps, such as Onkyo’s HF player (iOS and Android), now make high-resolution music file playback easy from all smartphones. Mojo connects to these devices digitally, processing the files using the most advanced conversion technology available, to deliver genuinely unrivalled sound quality to up to two pairs of headphones.

Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in England using British expertise. It distils 27 years of high-performance audio know-how into a single mass-market device designed to empower the smartphone. Mojo is the most advanced device of its kind in the world.
Get your Mojo workin’
Mojo connects digitally to smartphones and similar devices in a number of ways. It offers three different high-resolution digital inputs: Micro USB, optical and a 3.5mm coaxial input. Input selection is fully automatic: if more than one input is active, they are prioritized as USB first, coaxial second and optical third.

A Micro USB to USB cable is supplied with each Mojo and Chord Electronics will be offering consumers a range of approved, low-cost connecting cables for iOS devices and various other digital connections.

Fast charging
Mojo utilises new high-temperature battery technology, giving much faster charging (up to twenty hours’ faster than competitor units). A full charge is reached in just four hours via USB, giving around ten hours’ playback; Mojo's charging Micro USB port has a battery status and charging indicator light, too. Compact, portable, aircraft-grade aluminium. Mojo’s ultra-compact form, based on Chord’s award-winning Hugo platform, has been designed to be easily operated with no confusing or superfluous switches. Its simplicity means anyone can enjoy high-end sound quality straight out of the box. 

Compact, portable, aircraft-grade aluminium
Mojo’s ultra-compact form, based on Chord’s award-winning Hugo platform, has been designed to be easily operated with no confusing or superfluous switches. Its simplicity means anyone can enjoy high-end sound quality straight out of the box. Mojo's casework is machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium and has a hard, fine Matt-black finish that does not finger-mark.

High-resolution file playback
Mojo is capable of playing all of today’s music formats, including the very latest high- resolution standards. It can deliver breath-taking realism from any digital music file: PCM; WAV; AAC; AIFF; MP3 and FLAC. It is designed to work with all smartphones and music players and covers specialist high-resolution formats such as DoP DSD files: DSD 64; DSD 128 and DSD 256. Mojo’s three high-resolution digital input options comprise optical (to 192kHz), plus Micro USB and RCA (mini-jack) which operate at up to an incredible 768kHz.

Proprietary technology
Mojo uses the new Artix-7 FPGA chipset from Silicon Valley’s Xilinx, making Mojo the most advanced DAC of its type on the planet! Unlike other audio products, that process digital files using crude off-the-shelf chips from Asia, Chord uses an FPGA — a programmable circuit that enables its skilled engineers to directly implement its own digital audio expertise, making Mojo unique in the marketplace.

Spherical coloured buttons
Mojo uses spherical buttons for power on/off, volume control and file frequency information. The spheres illuminate and cycle through a range of rainbow colours. The file frequency is shown clearly by an indicator colour option on the power switch: from CD- quality (44.1kHz, red), 48kHz (orange) and so on, up through a rainbow of colours to bright white for DSD. Volume levels are similarly represented using colour.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Digital inputs
1 x Micro USB 768kHz/32-bit capable
1 x 3.5mm jack coaxial 768kHz/32-bit capable
1 X Optical Toslink 192kHz/24-bit capable
Outputs
2. x 3.5mm headphone jacks
Charging
1 X Micro USB charging port

Output power @1kHz: 600 ohms 35mW; 8 Ohms 720mW Output impedance: 75m ohms
Dynamic range: 125dB THD: @3V 0.00017% Weight: 180g
Dimensions: 82x60x22 (LxWxH mm)

Price/availability/images
Mojo sells for Php 30,990 and is available now. High res images are available inside the USB  – contact Kristel or Karen for others

Pricing and Availability
Mojo carries an SRP of Php 30,990.00 and it is available in the following JBL showrooms and
stores:
A. Refinery in UP Town Center – Level 2 (7185135)
A. Refinery in Ayala Center Cebu – Level 3 (987017)
Egghead in Robinsons Galleria – Lower Ground Floor (6310431)
JBL Digital Dreams - 3rd Floor SM North EDSA Annex (216-4985)
JBL Acoustical Space - 4th Floor Cyberzone SM Megamall Bldg B (919-6012)
JBL Sound Gallery - B3 Bonifacio High Street (799 9344)
JBL Kiosk - 3rd Floor TriNoma (959-3552)

About Chord Electronics Ltd
Chord Electronics Ltd is a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance hi-fi and audio products. Since 1989, from its spectacular riverside base in Kent, England, Chord Electronics has been creating some of the planet’s finest hi-fi, home cinema and professional audio equipment. A technology-driven innovator, Chord Electronics continues to deliver excellence through exemplary audio engineering, cutting-edge design and a true aesthetic understanding.

Chord Electronics is trusted and admired internationally and its global customer base includes: Abbey Road Studios (London); Sony Music Studios (New York) and Skywalker Sound (California). For an extensive client list and more information on the full Chord Electronics range, please visit  www.facebook.com/ChordPhilippines


About Beyond Innovations Inc.
With over 15 years and numerous brands under our name, Beyond Innovations Inc. has become the market leader and one of the most well-respected audio-video systems provider in the industry. We specialize in giving total audio-video solutions via distribution and sales through stores and retail channels for both home and commercial use.

To date, our company is the exclusive Philippine distributor of audio's most respected brands such as AKG, Boston Acoustics, Chord, Denon, Harman Kardon, Infinity, ITC,  JBL,  Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Optoma, Q Acoustics. We are also the largest distributor in Asia for Control 4 (Home Automation).


Chord contacts for Publication
Tel: +639164687272
Facebook: ChordPhilippines
Email:  kristel_puno@beyondinnov.com; info@beyondinnov.com
Web:  beyondinnov


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Huwebes, Disyembre 10, 2015

BIOGESIC BANIG-BAYAN Remembering our OFW Families

December 5, 2015, at Auxiliary, Unilab Corporate Center held the Biogesic Banig Bayan Project Blogger's Day!


How does an OFW life look like, we always think and say na "Ay abroad yan" but in truth, it is not glamorous. Because people think that since they work in a foreign country, they're making loads of money and are living the life, they don't talk about the poor living conditions, bone-breaking work, the loneliness. OFW's don't want their families to worry.

They've sacrificed a lot to work abroad. So they're constantly paranoid that they'll lose their job and everything will fall apart. They over-perform and over-deliver. Even when very ill, they don't miss a workday. The event takes extra jobs during weekends.


An OFW's life, away form family and old friends, is a life of isolation. It doesn't matter how many new friends they make.

They wish for the familiarity of home, where there are people who've known them their entire lives. They're constantly talking to family over YM chat, Viber, Kakao Talk, Wechat and Skype, pero iba parin ang magkakasama. Can you just imagine 5-8 years ago when the only means of communication is via mail, email and of course by calling their families? But now with the help of technology communication is now much better especially by texting.

Even the most strongest OFW need the comforting from homesickness. Now kahit hindi mo sila kasama, ang ingat at pagkalinga mo'y ipakita't ipadama sa kanila. They can't be home, so send home to them.

We’ve come across many OFW stories one way or another. Still, among us are those who have romantic notions of the kind of lives they have abroad. People could not see past the pasalubongs and the happy photos OFWs post online, which is worrisome because, in reality, not all OFWs live the good life abroad. But they would not talk about it. Some would not share their everyday situations abroad and would rarely admit that they get lonely.


Their reason is understandable. They naturally display strength because most of the time, they are all their families have. They expect themselves to be the strong-willed ones because they have to in order to provide their family with the best life. Their hopes and dreams are for those they left behind. They are, in fact, the prime epitome of a caregiver. 

But even carers need caring. And honestly, they are the ones who need it most. 

What we know is this: The reason why Skype and Messenger are one of the most used apps by OFWs is that these somehow make them feel like they never left. It is their temporary remedy for longing and missing out. Still, it falls short in making them feel the care and love from home–– especially at a time like Christmas. 

And we thought, if Home would make their Christmas, yet they could not come home for it, let us send home to them. So in the spirit of giving, Biogesic wanted to move families to care for their ultimate providers, the givers of care who are thousands of kilometers away. And we did this through the very first Biogesic Banig-bayan program. 

Inspired by the balik-bayan box, Biogesic created a special package for families here to carry items they would want to send. It could hold anything from items they miss from home to symbols of life events OFWs would wish they were a part of––truly pieces of home that would make their Christmas whole. 

The Banig-bayan carries the message that Ingat and care would still be felt even if they are apart. Biogesic inspired families to make their OFWs feel they are loved, remembered, and missed. And by the deep expressions of gratitude, heart-tugging stories, and tears of joy, the Banig-bayans would make all the difference for their Christmas to be truly merry and immensely felt. 

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DON PAPA 10 a premium aged small batch rum

It was a super heavy traffic of Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at BANK BAR Ground Floor, RCBC Corporate Tower 26th St., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Have you ever tried entering a convenience store and be surprise to enter a door and you'll be in a room or should I say Bar.. Yes a Bar entrance inside 7/11, Bank Bar. 
With a sumptuous Meal during the event from Bank Bar

This year, the team behind Don Papa Rum welcomes again its International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud, who joined the team in 2013, to visit the Philippines for a series of exciting Don Papa events. The former rockstar turned mixologist has helped spread the Don Papa word to the European market in several trade shows and launches from 2014 to 2015. 
Matthias curated six of the ten Don Papa cocktails found in its signature cocktail booklet, which was released in December 2013. For his visit this year, Matthias will be showcasing new Don Papa 10 cocktail libations, further amplifying the Don Papa experience. He will be featured in several events for the week, which includes a cocktail laboratory masterclass and guest bartending shift in ABV, a powerhouse mixology guest bartending shift in Rocket Room with Don of Cocktails, Davide Boncimino, and a Don Papa masterclass in Boracay.
Davide Boncimino is the head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s Residence

Which is also named as one of the world’s Top 100 bars. Trained by his mentors, Filippo Previero (former head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s) and Senior Bartender Kata Simon, Davide feels truly honoured to be the first Don of Cocktails. 
“When I won the finals, I was shocked and needed a few minutes to process what’s happening. The first thought that came to mind was ‘I will go back to the Philippines to visit my lola (grandmother)” ~Said Davide
Don Papa Rum is a premium aged small batch rum that has been gaining a significant following since its successful launch in the Philippines in July 2012. Introduce you to the latest news on Don Papa Rum, the Bleeding Heart Rum Company’s (BHRC) flagship spirit. Distilled from the finest sugar cane from the island of Negros Occidental, Philippines, known locally as Sugarlandia, Don Papa has two products, its flagship spirit, the 7 year old, and its limited-edition super premium 10 year old.  

Bleeding Heart Rum Company:
The Bleeding Heart Rum Company is the trading arm of Chat Noir Co. Inc, based in Manila, Philippines and the company is responsible for the production and marketing of Don Papa Rum, a small batch rum from the island of Negros Occidental, Philippines.


THE FLIGHT OF THE DON

Manila (December 2015) --- Since its launch in 2012, Don Papa has launched to several countries worldwide and is now available in sixteen countries in Europe and Asia, continuing to grow in leaps and bounds.

Its flagship spirit, the Don Papa 7 year old, is aged in American oak barrels, giving it a light amber color. It is light and fruity on the nose, smooth and delicate in the mouth with a long textured finish, offering flavors of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits. 
Bleeding Heart Rum Company’s latest offering, the Don Papa 10 year old, showcases the Blender’s art to perfection.  A careful, artisanal process by dedicated master craftsmen steeped in the Filipino rum-making tradition. The rum is aged for ten, long years in re-charred American oak barrels, giving it a dark amber color with hints of oak and vanilla. Its higher cask strength gives Don Papa 10 year old a slightly higher ABV of 43%. 

Packaged in a magnificent bottle with eye-catching design and a real cork stopper, Don Papa puts other rums to shame and sets a new standard in Philippine luxury. 
Matias and Mr. Andrew Garcia (Managing Director) and Monica Garcia The makers of Don Papa

Don Papa Rum was introduced to the international market through France back in 2013. The wide reception from both consumers and trade has garnered Don Papa Rum a huge following in Europe. The company has continued its expansion in 2014, opening several more markets with Germany, UK, Czech Republiq, Italy, and Belgium creating more buzz and demand in the region.
One of the most notable activities held in Europe this year is Don Papa’s first-ever cocktail competition, a nationwide search for the ultimate Don of Cocktails. The preliminaries of the competition was held in five regions across the United Kingdom, with ten finalists chosen to compete against each other for the title and the chance to visit the Philippines for several guest bartending appearance in local bars around the Metro.
Cristhel Elizabeth Molina, Brand Manager, Bleeding Heart Rum Co.

The finalists were instructed to create a Don Papa cocktail serve drawing their inspiration from the label design of Don Papa Rum as well as the spices, fruits, and bitters of the Philippines. The finals of the cocktail competition, aptly named ItsaDonDeal was held in London, United Kingdom last July 11, 2015 and was judged by Don Papa Rum’s International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud and acclaimed drinks and travel writer, Dan Miles.
The overall champion, and now Don of Cocktails, is the 26 year-old Half Italian-Half Filipino bartender, Davide Boncimino. Davide’s winning cocktail is called “Fix in the Mind”, which is reminiscent of his childhood experiences during his visits to the Philippines. This winning cocktail makes use of home-made monkey nuts syrup blended with rice juice, coconut milk, lime, and crème de banana, producing an exciting and intoxicating Don Papa serve.

THE DON’S DARKER, BOLDER, OLDER BROTHER

Aficionados of the finest rums in the world will delight in Don Papa ten-year old, a special, limited-edition, aged rum distilled on the island of Negros, Philippines. The perfect libation for day’s end, Don Papa ten-year old exhilarates with its deep, rich and concentrated taste.

This limited edition offering from the Manila based rum maker, Bleeding Heart Rum Company is being released again in the Philippines as a seasonal product available for the holidays. The Don Papa ten-year old showcases the Blender’s art to perfection, a careful, artisanal process by dedicated master craftsmen steeped in the Filipino rum-making tradition. Rum made from 100 percent Negros sugarcane grown from the rich soils of this southern island is column distilled, painstakingly selected from some of the richest, sweetest molasses in the world to produce the finest flavours. The rum is then aged for ten, long years in re-charred American oak barrels, giving notes of oak and vanilla to the ageing spirit. The highly precise rum-making process chooses only the best ten-year old casks for blending to produce Don Papa ten-year old.

Don Papa ten-year old’s rich and potent character draws from the Philippines’ warm, humid climate, which yields one of the highest angel’s share in the world, the amount that evaporates out of the barrel during ageing. Traditional Filipino rum makers do not refill these casks, producing an extremely dark, intense, concentrated rum. In addition to the judicious selection of only the very best ten year old casks, our master blender also judged that Don Papa ten year old would be better  at a slightly higher than usual alcohol-by-volume strength of 43 percent.

Dark amber in colour, Don Papa ten-year old is deep, rich and powerful on the nose, with a delicate tingle in the mouth, exuding bold flavours of dried fruits and cacao, with just a hint of oak. It can be appreciated straight, or with just a hint of ice on a particularly warm night.


WHAT’S NEW WITH DON PAPA 10

Since its Manila launch in December 2014, the Don Papa 10 has gained a wide following for its rich, smooth taste. Its bespoke, impactful packaging has also won several awards locally and internationally, including the Adobo Design awards for Packaging, Double Gold Medal for Packaging Design at the 2015 San Francisco International Spirits Competition, and First Place for Spirits Category at the 2015 Dieline Awards. 
The Don’s darker, bolder, older brother has now reached the European shores, starting with France towards the start of 2015. Its wide reception in the French market has made fanatics of Don Papa Rum something to look forward to in their respective countries, with further demand of Don Papa 10. To date, the 10 y.o has been launched in several European countries, with different and exciting interpretations of its character. It is now available in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Germany.


DON PAPA 10 COCKTAIL SERVES

1) Masskara
By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
An ode to the bright and colorful Masskara Festival, a yearly festival of smiles held in Bacolod, Philippines.  

Recipe:
45 ml Don Papa Rum 10
4 Fresh Black Berries
15 ml Lemon Juice
15 ml Elderflower Cordial
1 egg white
Grapefruit bitters 
Edible Flowers - Gumamela

Instructions:
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with Edible Flowers

2) Don Papa 10 Very Old Fashioned
By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
A twist to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail using Don Papa 10

Recipe:
50 ml Don Papa 10
1 drop Maraschino liquor
2 drops Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
2 Slices Orange Rind
2 drops Orange bitters

Instructions:
Pour into a tumbler and add Maraschino liquor, grapefruit bitters, orange bitters, and Don Papa 10. Add orange rind and slowly add ice while stirring. 

3) Deconstructed Cocktail
By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
Taken similarly as a spirit bomb, the Don Papa 10 deconstructed cocktail makes use of Dark Beer to compliment its bold, dark flavors

Recipe:
45 ml Don Papa 10
150 ml Dark Beer

Instructions:
Serve the Don Papa 10 in a shot glass separately from the Dark Beer. Take the Don Papa 10 first and drink the dark beer after

4) Symphony 10
By Davide Boncimino
Inspired by Don Papa 10’s bold flavors and the use of Mozart Chocolate Bitters, the Symphony 10 enhances Don Papa 10’s tasting notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak

Recipe:
45 ml Don Papa 10
20 ml Mancino Chinato
10 ml Cointreau
15 ml Fresh Lime/Calamansi Juice
2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
2 Drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
Lime/Calamansi Peel and Dark Chocolates

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients and serve in a coupette glass. Add a lime peel and dark chocolate for garnish


About Don Papa Rum 10
Don Papa ten-year old is a limited-edition super premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa 10 is aged for 10 years in re-charred oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. 


Frequently asked Questions:
1. How is Don Papa 10 different from Don Papa Rum?
• The Don Papa 10 has a bolder taste, with notes of Oak, Cacao, and Dried Fruits
• The Don Papa 10 has a dark amber color while Don Papa Rum has a light amber color
• Higher Angel share due to ten year old cask strength
• Higher alcohol content at 43% Alcohol by Volume

2. How is it made? Please describe the process in detail.
• First of all we only use the highest quality sugar cane from Negros.
• The resultant molasses are then distilled on the island, before being laid to rest in oak casks.
• After 10 long years of ageing in re-charred American oak, which gives it a darker and richer flavor, the rums are then carefully blended by our Master Blender to produce the uniquely smooth Don Papa rum.
• The blended rum is then bottled in partnership with GSM.

3. Where is the Rum aged?
The rum is aged in American oak on the island of Negros.
The ageing facility is near the town of Bacolod, towards Mount Kanlaon.

4. Where is Don Papa Ten-Year Old available?
Since the Don Papa 10 is limited edition, it is only available in selected venues, wineshops, high-end hotels and retail outlets such as Kultura Filipino and RAMS. The Don Papa 10 will only be available in the Philippines and France. 
With my co-bloggers during the Don Papa Rum 10 Launching
With Borgy Manotoc duting the event

About Don Papa Rum
Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. For more information, check our website, www.donpaparum.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonPapaRum or even follow us  @donpaparum on Twitter and Instagram.


For more information, check our website, Don Papa Rum , or like us on Facebook at Don Papa Rum FB or even follow us  @donpaparum on Twitter.

CONTACTS:
For brand related information and enquiries, please contact Cristhel Molina:
Email: cristhel@bleedingheartrum.com
Telephone: 00639178879274

For general corporate information and distribution, please contact Andrew Garcia:
Email: trade@bleedingheartrum.com, aj@bleedingheartrum.com
Telephone: +63 917 552 4834


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