Creative Programs Inc. (CPI) president Ernie Lopez, Organique Açaí president and CEO Cathy Salimbangon, and CPI head Paolo Pineda make a toast to recognize the efforts of ANCX's featured advocates.
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Cheers to the future: ANCX toasts its Heroes and Titans for their noble initiatives

ANCX’s first major campaign culminates in a memorable night of good food and a toast to continue upholding noble causes
ANCX Staff | Jul 26 2019

It was an evening of purely good vibes and positive energy. And why wouldn’t it be? It was a gathering of people with a similar goal: to do what they can for a better world. 

United with shared passions and advocacies, ANCX’s featured personalities in its Heroes & Titans campaign gathered for a celebratory night of sumptuous food and and good wine at the Tasting Room of Nüwa Manila in City of Dreams last July 4.

From left: ANCX editor in chief Jerome Gomez, executive editor Ces Drilon, Gejo Jimenez, Cedie Vargas, Cathy Salimbangon, Reese Fernandez, Dan Mejia, Dr. Joven Cuanang, Paulo Alcazaren, Jam Melchor, and ABS-CBN's Lifestyle Ecosystem Head Paolo Pineda.

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In his opening remarks, Creative Programs Inc. (CPI) and Business Deveopment head Paolo Pineda recognized and thanked the advocates for their valuable contributions in promoting various causes related to sustainable fashion, food, environment and heritage conservation, literacy, and healthy living. They are Rags2Riches founding partner Reese Fernandez and H&M head of communication and press Dan Mejia; heritage conservation specialist Eric Zerrudo and landscape architect and urban planner Paulo Alcazaren; slow food advocate Jam Melchor and executive chef Josh Boutwood; National Book Store Group managing director Xandra Ramos and Library Renewal Partnership founder Quintin Pastrana; Organique Açaí’s president and CEO Cathy Salimbangon and Malipayon Farms proprietor Gejo Jimenez; and Lopez Group Foundation president and executive director Cedie Lopez Vargas and Pinto Art Museum founder Dr. Joven Cuanang.

CPI head Paolo Pineda

The video series and the individual stories of the personalities were all featured on ANCX.PH the entire month of June and early July. Through the campaign, ANCX and co-presenter Organique Açaí hope to inspire readers that it is possible to contribute their time and effort, big or small, to nation building and to making a better future for the coming generation.

Organique Açaí president and CEO Cathy Salimbangon

Organique Açaí’s Salimbangon, on the other hand, encouraged everyone to stay inspired and motivated in pursuing their respective passions, and stressed how overall wellness is essential in “Making it Possible to Celebrate Life”—the campaign’s theme.

The night was highlighted with a wine toast and a special three-course dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine Frederic Thevenet of Nüwa Manila. The dinner was also the closing event for the Tasting Room which will be undergoing a shift: in a few months, the space is going to open as a food and entertainment lounge.

The ANCX Heroes and Titans campaign was made possible by the following: Nina Leather Goods and Gifts; The Write ImpressionDave SandovalAstrid LeatherTatstoneRalph's Wines and Spirits; City of DreamsSofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Hilton Manila; and Resorts World Manila

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The Tasting Room at Nüwa Manila in City of Dreams

Entrance to the venue

The posh interiors of The Tasting Room served as perfect backdrop of the memorable affair

Event styling courtesy of Dave Sandoval

City of Dreams Manila VP for Hotels and Food and Beverage Michael Ziemer welcomes guests

Paolo Pineda, Luisa and Cathy Salimbangon, Ces Drilon, Philippe Escalambre and Dr. Joven Cuanang

Paolo Pineda, Cathy and Luisa Salimbangon, Michael Ziemer, and Ces Drilon

Miguel Vargas, Ernie Lopez, Jerome Gomez, and Cedie Lopez Vargas 

Ernie Lopez with the Organique Açaí team

Chris Nick Delos Reyes and Dan Mejia; Gejo Jimenez and wife Pinky

Paulo Alcazaren; Jack Flaminiano and Chef Jam Melchor

Ces Drilon with ANCX’s featured advocates—Gejo Jimenez, Cedie Lopez Vargas, Cathy Salimbangon, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Dan Mejia, Dr. Joven Cuanang, Paulo Alcazaren, and Chef Jam Melchor

Dr. Joven Cuanang (right) and Philippe Escalambre (left), with Metro Society’s Pilar Recto and a guest

ANCX’s business manager Jam Pangan, editor in chief Jerome Gomez, ABS-CBN News Channel chief operating officer Cilette Liboro Co and head of business operation Rhobee Pilares

Malou Pineda and Ernie Lopez

Nana Ozaeta and Paulo Alcazaren

Lala Ventura and Ricky Carandang

Crim Beef Tenderloin, Potato Fondant, Lettuce and Bordelaise

Fine selection of wines at The Tasting Room


ANCX Heroes & Titans is in partnership with Organique. For more details, visit and


Photographs by Daniel Soriano