It was indeed a great night in honor of birthday celebrant Consul Helen Ong. It started with an idea from the lovely Ofelia Nuñez Wadle – an idea for a heartfelt birthday tribute to celebrate Consul Helen Ong. From there, Ofelia shared thoughts and plans via a Viber Group, allowing people from SCEI, Best Dressed Awardees and friends to come together to put up a birthday tribute honoring Consul Helen Ong.
On May 16, a party was hosted for the birthday celebrant at Chef Jessie, Rockwell. It was attended by almost a hundred guests who all came dressed in pink, red and fuschia. With debonaires Bo Muralla and Cris Badiola as Masters of Ceremonies, a fun and delightful program was well participated by Best Dressed Women by batch/year in a dance number and the famous TikTok dance number. Raffle prizes were given much to the delight of all attendees and of course, thanks to all those generous men and women who donated for raffle prizes (every raffle item starts with letter H, like hammer, hankerchief, hanger spam ham, honey, headband, cash etc.), lechon, live band, overflowing wines and spirits. Music was provided by Marci David Band who played nonstop selection of OPM, disco and ballroom dance music.
Congratulations to the Star of the Night Hi Society, who won an Hermes twilly from Ofelia Wadle. Best dressed in red, Jessie Maloles and Irene Montemayor, Best dressed in pink and fuschia, Carolyn Tan and Marilyn de Mesa, Best dressed in all colors Red/Pink/Fuschia Agile Zamora and Yoli Ayson, Male Stars of the Night David Ackerman and Cocoy Cordova and Special Award to Lydia Abastillas Reyes.
Happy Birthday to our ever graceful and generous Consul Helen Ong! You are loved by so many!
Kudos to party organizers Ofie Nuñez Wadle, Marian Ong, Bo Muralla, Cris Badiola and Czarina Ong.
Upon invitation from PR friend Ogie Rodriguez, I recently had a pleasant opportunity to try a new brand of crystallized coffee launched by UK based revolutionary brand Lyger Coffee and met the owners charming gentlemen Germans Phil Renner and Tim Michael, CEO and COO respectively. They introduced two flavors – latte and americano, both very good. For the meantime you can get them online. They have chosen the Philippines knowing the Filipinos are coffee lovers. I am sure they will become popular soon in the country.
Lyger Coffee wants to share its long-term goal of making less of an impact on the environment and get more Filipinos to become “eco-warriors” by joining their incentivized recycling program.
While the coffee industry has made strides in reducing waste, Lyger Coffee, a UK-based revolutionary crystallized coffee brand, is committed to making the right changes. Lyger Coffee offers barista-quality coffee in convenient mini cups while striving to set the benchmark for sustainability and its impact on the coffee industry.
Since its launch last December, Lyger Coffee has been committed to doing better for the earth. The brand proudly closed its partnership with The Plastic Solution (TPS), a leading environmental conservation organization in the Philippines, just three months after its introduction. Coincidentally, Lyger Coffee is also the first partnership TPS has closed since the pandemic started in 2020.
Lyger Coffee then introduced its “Return Your Mini Cups” program simultaneously, which can help influence customers to become more socially and environmentally responsible. “We should shift our perception of zero waste to becoming more of a circular economy, which is a fancy way of saying word for all the closed loops we can create to re-use materials. Once you start thinking in those terms, the possibilities are endless. In the Philippines, we have discovered a huge percentage of coffee drinkers and a strong niche of sustainability advocates aligned to who we are,” Phil Renner, Lyger Coffee’s CEO and co-founder, said.
While the brand is still exploring additional ways to make itself fully environmentally friendly, the Return Your Mini-cups Program recovers used mini-cups and turns them into eco-bricks to construct walls or build fences and benches. It is an excellent initiative to run the business while still being mindful of the macro situation. Lyger Coffee believes that they can grow to have more corporate social responsibility work in the future from this program, eventually offsetting any plastic waste they produce.
“If there’s one thing to take away from our partnership with Lyger Coffee, it’s that working together is key to building a more sustainable coffee industry. Knowing that a growing coffee brand like Lyger Coffee recognizes the impact that the industry can have on the environment, I am hopeful and looking forward to their growth as they set a good starting point that we hope other start-ups can follow soon,” said Fiona Faulkner, President of The Plastic Solution and an environmental scientist.
Setting big goals and taking small steps, Lyger Coffee has set its sights on influencing the Filipino market, one drinking experience at a time. Lyger Coffee is an upstart company positioning itself as one of Southeast Asia’s top mindful businesses that are aiming to bring in unique product offers and programs.
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