November 10, 2022 | 1:44 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines — As the holiday season approaches and the year draws to a close, people plan to recharge and reconnect with loved ones in more meaningful ways.
To create more invaluable experiences with loved ones, Mastercard recently unveiled a suite of exclusive privileges through its World and World Elite cards, designed to provide affluent consumers around the world, including the Philippines, with elevated experiences from well-known merchants. -liked in travel, shopping, food. , and health and wellness to complement their lifestyle at home and away.
These include a free one-year subscription to the personalized Centr digital health and fitness program: By Chris Hemsworth; Doctor Chat, teleconsultation and delivery of free and unlimited medication; 12% discount on hotels booked through Agoda; 5% discount for tours booked through Klook; travel and concierge services such as global data roaming, airport concierge and destination limo rides; up to 50% off green fees at 42 premium golf resorts across Asia; Mastercard Identity Theft Protection; purchase protection and travel insurance up to US$20,000 and US$500,000; and annual premium e-commerce protection of up to $1,000, when shopping or paying online while traveling, especially during the holiday rush.
To mark the occasion, an exclusive gastronomic adventure, inspired by travels around the world, took place at Gallery by Chele – specially curated by renowned Spanish-born chef Chele Gonzalez and hand-picked wines by sommelier Kevin Charuel and co-founder of The Tasting Club Manila.
“When you say Christmas, it’s always the colors of Christmas,” restaurateur Happy Ongpauco-Tiu told Philstar.com the theme behind the table setup she designed for Mastercard’s “Around the World” dinner.
“And because it’s also kind of (a) global inspiration, I used props from different countries, so my plate liners are from Bangkok, my lamps are from America, and my candle holders are from India.”
Instead of following trends, she advised those sprucing up their party tables to stick to the classics.
“My favorite Christmas decor to do for my tablescape, don’t throw away your Christmas tree decor,” she suggested.
“Because even if they have stripes, you can use them on your table decor. If there are stripes, just use a pentel pen to cover the red stripe or the blue stripe. Then you can put it on on the center table, then add flowers or greenery just to make it abundant and you have a Christmas themed table!
Throughout dinner, Chef Chele took guests on an epicurean tour – Cerviche from Peru with a surprising tomato sorbet; oyster omelet from Singapore, lobster dish from France, mackerel and asparagus risotto from Italy with a strange mix of parmesan cheese, calamari and shallots; Txuleta from Spain, and of course, its unexpected twists on Filipino desserts – Mango MNL with Coconut and Lemon Balm, and Bibingka Cheesecake Petit Fours.
Sweet wines, made from different naturally fermented grape varieties, go best with Filipino cuisine, said Charuel, who paired the dishes with sweet, red and white wines and rosé from South Africa, France, from Spain and Hungary.
Gothic Christmas inspiration
To celebrate the release of the movie “School for Good and Evil”, Netflix Philippines recently held the “Ever Never Halloween Ball” by splitting the Enderun Ballroom in Taguig City in two: a light one for the “Evers (those representing the good), and a dark one for the “Nevers” (those on the bad side). Two Janinas hosted the opposing teams: YouTube sensation Janina Vela for the Evers and TV host Janeena Chan for the Nevers.
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