GSM Blueniversity Bar Skills Showdown announces winners


Now on its 9th year, the GSM Blueniversity Bar 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 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.

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

Jam-packed with exciting activities, superstar guests, and jaw-dropping flairtending displays, the 2016 GSM Blueniversity Bar Skills Showdown is sure to be bigger and better than ever.

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