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BlueUniversity Cup Winners

Presently on its ninth year, the GSM Blueniversity Skills Showdown has turned into a noteworthy occasion for all Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) understudies over the Philippines. For its 2016 leg, that occurred last March 7 at the San Andres Complex in Malate, the Blueniversity Skills Showdown was facilitated by Vince Uy, GSM Blueniversity’s Ambassador from 2011 and 2012.

BLUENIVERSITY winners
G.S.M. BLUE BLUENIVERSITY CUP WINNERS. Now on its 9th year, the GSM Blueniversity Skills Showdown has become a highly anticipated event for all Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students across the country. For its 2016 leg, students were treated with a whole day of topics on current trends in mixology, responsible drinking and service of alcohol. Winners for the bartending competition received cash prizes and the overall winner of the Flairtending category will be sent by the GSM to represent the Philippines in an international competition later this year. (From left) GSM Blue assistant brand manager Winchie Tobias, Gold awardee students all from Lyceum of the Philippines University; Alexis Cabugao, John Caballes, Charmaine Dela Paz, Noel Reyes, and GSM group brand manager Marvin Dancel.

From 7:00 am to 12:00, the event concentrated on a mixology workshop, and talked about the accompanying themes:

1. Basic cocktails
2. Current trends and innovation in mixology
3. Responsible drinking
4. Responsible service of alcohol
5. First aid and other bar-related injuries
6. Career talks


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Speakers included were noticeable figures in the HRM and mixology scenes, including Mr. Geronimo Ele, a Bar Management lecturer at the University of the Philippines, as well as the University of Sto. Tomas, Mr. Ele is a co-founder of the Organization of the Bar Professionals (OBP) Flaming Olives Mobile bar. Likewise, there was Mr. Jean Paul Ceron, director of various bars around the nation, including Club Chill Bar (Tomas Morato), the Polo Kai Grill (Taguig) Twisted Lemon Beverage Services, JMCafe and GSB Food Counter.

Another speaker was Mr. Brando Tanauan, one of the official coaches of the GSM Blueniversity Mixology Seminar, and additionally the Grand Champion in the Ilocos Invitational Bartending Tournament and the first Runner-up in the Bottle for Supremacy All-Star competition in 2010.

Toward the evening, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the skills showdown and bartending competition took place. One delegate from each taking part school contended in the following categories:

1. Best trick
2. Garnish making
3. Sensory test
4. Flairtending

For every classification, 3 champs were gotten a cash prize. The overall winner of the Flairtending classification was sent by the GSMI group to represent the Philippines in a global competition later this year.

Judges in the occasion were the multi-awarded Derick de Borja (winner of Chefs on Parade, and the Creative Flairtending Competition), Mr. Jun Arabejo (champion of the PBL Flairtending showdown in 2002), Mr. Marlon Aseoche (grand champion for the Robinsons Wine and Liquor festival in 2012), and Mr. Benjie Lavarias (operational manager and owner of Bartenders at Work Mobile Bar and *G Tuazon Café).

The visitor judge and technical head for the event were Mr. Erwyn Unigo, former head bartender at the EDSA Shangri-La hotel, founder and president of the Philippine Flair Bartending Alliance, owner of the cocktail caterer, Blueshot Mobile Bar, and the first ever GSM Blue Flair Idol Grand Champion in the professional division.

With its jam-stuffed with energizing exercises, superstar guests, and stunning flairtending shows, 2016 GSM Blueniversity Bar Skills Showdown was for sure to be greater and like nothing, anyone’s ever seen.

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