What Asean leaders had for gala dinner—‘sinigang na maya-maya sa miso,’ ‘bistek’ sushi, ‘ensaladang ubod at alugbati’

Most of the plates came back empty, including those of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Duterte November 23, 2017 By: Vangie Baga-Reyes "Budin" Filipono caramel flan For their gala dinner at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, world leaders attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit last Nov. 12 enjoyed a great selection of …Read more »

A cast of thousands for Asean summit—how one man ensured it was a ‘seamless’ success

Mike Miñana, one of the country’s top events organizers, left nothing to chance By: Cathy Cañares-Yamsuan Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:18 AM November 19, 2017 US Ambassador Sung Kim (with mic) tries his hand at sing-along at the closing party hosted by Abac chair Joey Concepcion (in black T-shirt) in Okada Manila. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Seamless is a word that Mike …Read more »

Manila’s who’s who in Asean awards

Let’s embrace the micro and small entrepreneurs—Joey Concepcion September 24, 2017 President Duterte is flanked by Joey Concepcion, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Emma Imperial. Manila’s who’s who in business, industry and lifestyle attended the Asean Business Advisory Council Awards at Solaire Grand Casino and Resort Sept. 6. Forty-seven awardees were feted in the ceremony attended by President Duterte. Joey Concepcion …Read more »

The party planner’s urban escape

For event organizer Miguel A. Miñana, home is a quiet condo unit with priceless keepsakes and a room dedicated to his favorite city. By: Dennis Ladaw Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:16 AM April 26, 2017 The building’s roof deck, which is part of Miñana’s condo unit, has a lanai where he hosts intimate get-togethers with friends and family. The open …Read more »

GMA noticed the teaspoons, P-Noy liked pop and jazz

Miguel Miñana of Themeworks Events Co. Inc., which is marking its 15th year, was behind the Malacañang state dinners during two administrations By: Cathy Cañares-Yamsuan Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:00 AM August 31, 2016 MIGUEL “Mike” Miñana’s company organized special events for both President Arroyo and President Aquino, as well as other special corporate events that drew much attention. It …Read more »

Manila Polo Field Transformed for Apec Reception

By: Miguel A. Miñana Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:27 AM November 21, 2015 FIDDLER on theMoon performs. PHOTOS BY MIKE MIÑANA EARLY this year, Doris Magsaysay Ho, chair of the Apec Business Advisory Council (Abac) 2015, made me listen to a song she had grown to love. A few weeks later she had me listening to another song. The two …Read more »