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Gigi is the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Gigi Bautista & As­so­ci­ates and GBA Events Asia, a fullser­vice event man­age­ment com­pany do­ing busi­ness across the re­gion. Her trav­els to ex­otic des­ti­na­tions and de­light­ful epi­curean dis­cov­er­ies gave birth to her food blog: gourme­ton­th­eloose.


An in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty at­tor­ney by pro­fes­sion, Les­lie's work takes her to fas­ci­nat­ing places where first on the agenda is de­ter­min­ing a great place for a fan­tas­tic meal. In her younger years, she chose to sub­sist on beef tapa, fried fish, and ha­l­a­bos na hipon to her fam­ily's cha­grin, un­til her ed­u­ca­tion in the U.S. and world­wide trav­els en­cour­aged her to ex­plore var­i­ous cuisines.


Bobby is a busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive with sev­eral years in the real es­tate, min­ing, and in­ter­na­tional com­modi­ties busi­ness. He was also in the ho­tel in­dus­try for 10 years, leading many to sus­pect that he might know a lit­tle some­thing about food and wine.


Af­ter ex­plor­ing the vi­brant in­dus­try of ad­ver­tis­ing and shoe de­sign, Carmina Mapa-Del Rosario, pop­u­larly known as "The Crazy Cook," fi­nally set­tled in Davao where she went back to what she loves most—cook­ing. Her fa­mous bal­bacua (ox­tail stew), truf­fle cheese pâté, and ti­napa tape­nade, among oth­ers, made her name pop­u­lar in the culi­nary scene. Her ob­ses­sions are food, her fam­ily, and trav­el­ling around the Philip­pines and the world with them.


A fa­mil­iar face in the re­tail world, Joanna, to­gether with her hus­band, Raul, have five home­grown con­cepts un­der their belts : Car­bon, Tint, Hide & Stitch, Eterno, and the Joanna Preysler bou­tique. Re­cently, they opened Prove­nance, an art gallery that fea­tures con­tem­po­rary Filipino artists. Joanna is a sup­porter of lo­cal brands, artists, busi­nesses and con­cepts, and be­lieves that given the proper sup­port and ex­po­sure, Filipinos can com­pete on the global stage—es­pe­cially in the culi­nary arena. Add to that, she loves to wine and dine.


Chit is a cof­fee ad­vo­cate, a green cru­sader, and a cham­pion of sus­tain­abil­ity es­pe­cially for food that is from farm to plate. She is one of Slow Food Manila’s most ac­tive mem­bers. She also chron­i­cles her trav­els and her food dis­cov­er­ies around the globe.


Richie knows how to taste a word, hav­ing charted a pro­fes­sional ca­reer that has honed his ap­ti­tude for synes­the­sia: first as an ad­ver­tis­ing cre­ative, fol­lowed by a 15-year stint as an art critic, award-win­ning editor and mu­seum di­rec­tor, be­fore co-found­ing Sal­cedo Auc­tions with his wife, Karen, in 2010.


Ed­ward now calls Manila and Cebu home af­ter liv­ing in Lon­don and Syd­ney. He is a num­ber cruncher but dreams of vis­it­ing ev­ery sin­gle coun­try on the planet. He is fas­ci­nated by molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy and con­sid­ers sisig to be one of the great­est culi­nary in­ven­tions known to man.

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