#TheArtOfTheMix: Local Bartenders Compete for the La Maison Cointreau Philippines 2019 Bartending Competition

It's the time of the year for our local bartenders to gather and go head-to-head as Rémy Cointreau Philippines hosts its annual La Maison Cointreau Philippines Bartending Competition. With its final leg held last October 2nd at Run Rabbit Run in Makati City, five finalists from the local bar scene concocted their best drinks using Cointreau French Orange Liqueur and the contest's theme ingredient: TEA!

Vying for the night's title were Jacques Buenviaje of The Peak Grand Hyatt, Ian James Osilo of Mandalay Whisky and Cigars, Jay Natividad of The Spirits Library, Hi Agunat of Versus Barcade and Abegail Quilan-lan of Proof Manila.

Every contestant were given an ample time to prepare their ingredients and some more time to concoct their prepared drinks while sharing personal stories on how they came up with their drink.

This is not my first time to attend and witness La Maison Cointreau Philippines Bartending Competiton, and just like the previous years, the pressure of the competition was very evident as the contest goes deeper. Prior to the final, qualifying competitons were made in various areas in the metro to find these five finalist that will soon represent the country in the regional leg. I must applaud all the contestants because despite of the pressure they carefully and masterfully prepared their cocktails while unfolding a beautiful story.

This year's competition was judged by La Maison Cointreau Philippines 2018 Champion Loreen Apilado Hernandez, Two Shots a Pint author Gail Sotelo, and Rémy Cointreau’s National Portfolio Ambassador Scott Fitzgerald.

After two hours of rigorous battle and story-telling, La Maison Cointreau awarded Abegail Quilan-lan as the champion oLa Maison Cointreau Philippines 2019 Bartending Competiton. Abegailwill be representing the country on La Maison Cointreau Asia Finals in Bangkok, Thailand this coming November 10 to 14 and go up against some of Asia's best of the best.

Judge Scott Fitzgerald noted that only in this Philippine leg that the contestants were really on point in using tea in their drinks and story-telling, and among the Philippine finalists, Abegail Quilan-lan gave the most well-crafted story while concocting the ultimate drink that bagged her the title.

True to Rémy Cointreau Philippines' tradition, after the competition comes the celebration. Cocktails with the mix of Cointreau French Orange Liqueur filled our night together with the pumping music of DJ Mike Lavarez of Nectar Nightclub. 

And the rest is history. Hahahaha!

Congratulations to Rémy Cointreau Philippinesfor another successful local event, and good luck to Abigail Quilan-lan for representing the Philippines this year.

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