This Pinay bartender is among the best in the world


Posted at Mar 08 2018 07:01 PM

She faced off with eight other finalists from across the world in a bartending competition held annually in Texas and Jholan Peñafiel, the Philippines' lone representative, came out on top.


Peñafiel became only the second Filipina to win the TGI Friday's World Bartender Championships, which determines the restaurant's best bartender by testing contestants on their ability to make drinks precisely and quickly, and their knowledge of recipes, products, and other categories. 

The first Filipina to take home the title was Rizza Umlas in 2015. 

Finishing behind Peñafiel were Michael Ressureccion of the US and Russell Ward of the UK, who were named first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. 

From left to right: Russell Ward of the United Kingdom, Jholan Peñafiel of the Philippines, and Michael Ressureccion of the US. Handout

The other contestants were Alieksander Bondar (Belarus), Chris Owsiany (US), Christal Cravador (Trinidad), Hector Pinones (US), and Will Sexton (US).