Last March 7 at the San Andres Complex in Malate, its the 9th year of the GSM Blueniversity Skills Showdown. It has become a major event for all Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students in the Philippines, The event was hosted by Vince Uy, GSM Blueniversity's Ambassador from 2011 and 2012.
The event from 7AM to 12 noon was focused on a mixology seminar and discussed the following topics:
- Basic cocktails
- Current trends and innovation in mixology
- Responsible drinking
- Responsible service of alcohol
- First aid and other bar-related injuries
- Career talks
Speakers were the prominent 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 also a co-founder of the Organization of the Bar Professionals (OBP) Flaming Olives Mobile bar. Also speaking is Mr. Jean Paul Ceron, manager of numerous bars around the country, including Club Chill Bar (Tomas Morato), the Polo Kai Grill (Taguig) Twisted Lemon Beverage Services, JMCafe and GSB Food Counter. Another speaker would be Mr. Brando Tanauan, one of the official trainers of the GSM Blueniversity Mixology Seminar , as well as the Grand Champion in the Ilocos Invitational Bartending Tournament and the 1st Runner-up in the Bottle for Supremacy All-Star competition in 2010.
In the afternoon event, from 1 PM to 7 PM, the skills showdown and bartending competition was take place. One representative from each participating school competing in the following categories:
- Best trick
- Garnish making
- Sensory test
For each category, 3 winners was chosen to receive a cash prize. The overall winner of the Flairtending category will be sent by the GSMI team to represent the Philippines in an international competition later this year.
Judges of the event was 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 of 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.
It was 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.