September 05, 2019

The First Manila Cocktail Festival Highlights International Filipino Bartenders

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  • Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? There’s something about that nice little buzz it can give you once you take a glass or two.

    Also read: 10 Bars in the Metro with Original Signature Cocktails

    Well, you can now celebrate your love for the drink by taking part in the first-ever Manila Cocktail Festival happening on September 12 to 14, 2019.

    The festival aims to put the Philippines’ cocktail scene and close-knit bartender community in the spotlight. Believe it or not, several Filipino bartenders are making waves in the global scene.

    These trailblazers highlight the festival as they will come home to showcase their world-class bartending skills at some of the top bars in the Metro. Get to know three out of the 12 bartenders who will mix up a storm at the Manila Cocktail Festival!

    (L-R) Cedric Mendoza, Gerry Olino, and Bryan Bonifacio are just some of the homecoming bartenders for Manila Cocktail Festival

    Starting and building his career in the famous Manhattan, Cedric Mendoza is now sharing his love for cocktails at the Grain Bar in Sydney. He envisions connection through cocktails concocted fast and efficiently.

    Gerry Olino is an award-winning bartender who climbed his way to the top of the industry through his talent and hard work. He is currently the beverage manager at Ming Fat House in Hong Kong.

    Aside from being one of the co-founders of the Philippine Flair Tour, Bryan Bonifacio is also an Asia Pacific Bartender champion. He is currently bartending at Employees Only in Singapore.

    The homecoming bartenders will give a taste of their best mixes and cocktails at these participating bars in Makati CBD, Poblacion, and Bonifacio Global City:

    Makati CBD

    • Edge at Discovery Primea
    • The Peninsula Manila
    • Mandalay
    • Curator
    • Rambla Salcedo
    • Proof

    Also read: Lampara in Makati Brings New Light to Filipino Food


    • Lampara
    • Agimat
    • Polilya
    • Buccaneers
    • The Sprits Library
    • Run Rabbit Run

    Also read: Buccaneers Rum & Cocktail Bar in Poblacion: Manila’s First!

    Bonifacio Global City

    • The Backroom
    • Bank Bar
    • Yes Please
    • Samba
    • Versus Barcade
    • Osteria Daniela

    Also read: Yes Please! at Uptown BGC: Classy Way to Drink and Dine the ’90s Way

    For the complete schedule, you may check out Manila Cocktail Festival’s website.

    Yes Please in Uptown is one of the participating bars 

    There are two ways you can join the Manila Cocktail Festival: bar tour and cocktail passport.

    The bar tour is a guided cocktail journey that will take participants to four (4) guest shifts in a night. From 7 p.m. to 12m.n., participants will visit key bars and sample a special cocktail from the featured menus.

    This is perfect for those who want to make the most out of the festival. You can buy tickets for the bar tour here.

    Another bar to participate for this year’s Manila Cocktail Festival is Lampara in Poblacion

    On the other hand, if you want to enjoy Manila Cocktail Festival at your own pace, avail of the free cocktail passport. Just visit five of the participating outlets during the festival and purchase one featured drink from each bar to complete the cocktail passport! For every completed passport, you can redeem a limited-edition merchandise.

    Go get your drinking buddies and be part of the first Manila Cocktail Festival!


    What: Manila Cocktail Festival
    Where: Multiple bars in Makati and Bonifacio Global City
    When: September 12 to 14, 2019
    Ticket information (for bar tour):

    • Php 2,100/night
    • Php 5,300/3-night package


    Images grabbed from Manila Cocktail Festival’s website

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