From left: Potato Corner Chairman Emeritus Joe Magsasay; President Chot Reyes; and Creative Programs Inc. president Ernie Lopez. Photographs by Daniel Soriano
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ANCX caps its Masters and Mentors series with rum, ribs and a quiz night at Sofitel

A fun and casual rum and ribs get-together caps off ANCX’s second campaign, honoring the generous individuals who have challenged, inspired, and molded their mentees to be better versions of themselves. 
ANCX | Nov 16 2019

It was a night of pure chill as ANCX hosted its second event for the year: the rum and ribs night at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The evening capped the lifestyle site's Masters and Mentors series which featured stories about masters in their fields passing on their knowledge and passions. 

Among the personalities featured in the said video series were chef JP Anglo and epicure/restaurateur Joel Binamira; Potato Corner’s Chairman Emeritus Joe Magsaysay and Chief Operating Officer Dominic Hernandez; designer Kenneth Cobonpue and entrepreneur Jay Aldeguer; ABS-CBN News correspondent Jeff Canoy and ABS-CBN News Channel Chief Operating Officer Nadia Trinidad; father-son coaching tandem Chot and Josh Reyes; and (an upcoming episode that features) Frontrow President RS Francisco and Chief Operating Officer Sam Versoza.

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“This is a search for the good men in the country who set the example, showed us the way, shared their passions, their principles,” explained ANCX executive editor Ces Drilon at the packed Davao Room, welcoming the guests. “We paired the masters and the mentors. But the titles aren’t exclusive—you can be a master and a mentor at the same time.”

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ANCX's featured Masters and Mentors Josh Reyes, Joe Magsaysay, and Chot Reyes with Creative Programs Inc. head Paolo Pineda and ANCX editor in chief Jerome Gomez

Paolo Pineda joins Joe Magsaysay and his mentees

ANCX's Masters and Mentors Rum and Ribs Night was held at the Davao Room of Sofitel Philippine Plaza 

Father-and-son coaching team Chot and Josh Reyes 

Jose Magsaysay with business partner Lui Fong 

Josh and Maybel Reyes 

ANCX executive editor Ces OreƱa-Drilon gives her welcome remarks.

Creative Programs Inc. president Ernie Lopez 

ABS-CBN News Channel anchor Lexi Schulze, Ricky Carandang,  Bobby Barreiro and Jon Gatbonton of Integrated Events, and Earl Orenza of ABS-CBN Events

Ricky Carandang, Lexi Schulze, Rely de Guzman 

Joe Magsaysay and Lui Fong 

Chot Reyes, Paolo Pineda, Joe Magsaysay 

Bobby Barreiro, Jon Gatbonton, Earl Orenza 

Lexi Schulze with husband Javi Berenger-Testa 

Paolo Pineda and Bobby Barreiro 

ANC chief operating officer Nadia Trinidad and head of business and operations Rhobee Pilares 

Over generous servings of rum and ribs—plus an array of other sweets and savories—the event, attended by industry friends, was made more exciting with a fun trivia game. Rum proved to be the new go-to liquor of choice as Tanduay Asian Rum Cocktails (Cucumber Mojito and Manila Mule) and dessert-infused Rum Baba (a yeast cake saturated in syrup made with rum and filled with whipped cream) were served during the night.

The event was hosted by ABS-CBN News Channel anchor Lexi Schulze.

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The Masters and Mentors photo booth welcomes guests. 

Estate Makati takes part in the quiz game. 

Trivia during the quiz game: The Estate Makati won big in the Best Luxury High-Rise category in this year’s Japan International Property Awards. It is a collaboration between these two property developer— SMDC and Federal Land Inc. 

Unlimited drinks courtesy of Tanduay Asian Rum. 

Tanduay Asian Rum served two kinds of cocktails - Cucumber Mojito and Manila Mule.

ANCX executive editor Ces Drilon tries the Cucumber Mojito.

Guests to apply for. Metrobank Titanium Mastercard at the event. 

Metrobank Titanium Mastercard joined the celebration by providing delightful rewards to some of the guests.

Tanduay Asian Rum served Rum Baba, infused with Tanduay 5 Years. 

Tanduay Asian Rum proves to be the new go-to liquor of choice in special gatherings. 

ANCX’s Masters and Mentors is co-presented by Tanduay Asian Rum, “Distinctly Filipino, Undeniably World Class World Class”; The Estate Makati; Metrobank Titanium Mastercard, “Find yourself in your element”; G-Shock, “Absolute Toughness”; our venue partner, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila; and our beer partners Philippine Wine Merchants, Joe’s Brew, and boozeshop ph. Special thanks to Write Impressions, Paperie and Press Inc., Dapper Things, Paper Mache.PH, and MVS System Tech Corporation.

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Photographs by Daniel Soriano