Last Saturday, we invited some gentlemen to come to our first ever Kapihan session entitled: “Graduate from your Frat Boy Drink: A Coffee and Cocktail seminar by The Curator.” This is to not only launch a series of get-togethers called “Kapihans” to share ideas and thoughts, but also to officially launch our passion blog project BertoinBrogues.com into the world wide web.
We had a list of very special gentlemen come over, a list of close friends and colleagues that helped inspire our blog.
Ryan Agoncillo, Drew Arellano, Renzo Ongkiko, Paolo Valenciano, Khalil Kaimo, Adrian Tecson, Jericho Rosales, Edward Bugia, Jelito De Leon, Leeroy New, Marc Abaya, and Indy Villalon were some of the Bertos who graced our mini coffee session.
These men are accomplished Bertos in their own right, whose styles, thoughts, ideas, and passions inspire us to become a better version of ourselves too.
We wanted the intimate Kapihan to be an afternoon well-spent for the guys — something that they’d leave feeling a little more educated, improved and informed.
So it was absolutely wonderful to have a mini workshop by my good friend Jericson Co who happens to be a well traveled art lover, coffee and cocktail geek and part-owner of The Curator.
He explained to us the elaborate and delicate basics of Coffee making and Cocktail making.
Showing us a range of applications and processes — some fancy and others easy enough to do at home.
The Curator happens to be one my favorite “Speakeasys” in Manila, and it was great for him to show us that we didn’t always have to order a San Mig light or Rum Coke at the bar. They also served us some of their best treats from the kitchen — The “Bellychon” was a decadent scene stealer, Bacon Sticky Buns and Croissants with their own Bacon Jam.
But I think the highlight of the day was when we started giving out Berto’s Bag of Basics.
We wanted to give our guests a taste of who we are and what we stood for to better give them an idea of what we were all about.
Berto handpicked some of his favorite items, some of which were handmade and custom-made for each of the guests supporting local brands with world-class quality.
There’s nothing like something handmade. These sunnies from Grama Filipinas were meticulously designed and created out of Bamboo. Each one had a unique design and turned out to be something that was truly personalized.
One of my personal favorites, mostly because it really embodies who we are as a blog, are these bespoke espadrilles from Black Wing Shoes. When we sent out invites to the gentlemen, their RSVP was their shirt size and shoe size. I really wanted them to feel the quality of a Filipino product, if only so that they can talk about it amongst their friends and inspire more people to #supportlocal
It was a great afternoon of intelligent conversation, laughter and enlightenment. There was a time in our history when revolutions started in cafes and in gatherings like this. We couldn’t be more thankful and honored to have such friends that shared our hearts and our vision.
So we’re officially launched! Do join us and share in our discussions. We don’t always have to agree but we can definitely settle over a glass of Whiskey and strong handshake. Join us as we go #BackToBasics and maybe, just maybe, we can spark a new revolution.
Special Thanks to Wobbletop Productions
Photos by Ralph Hilario and Video by Mark See