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Meet Me at Starbucks

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It often starts with “What do you do?”, “Kamusta weekend mo?” or “Kamusta traffic sa area mo?” Then, eventually, this small talk turns into conversations revolving around families, hobbies and passions. And, in those moments where two people do nothing but simply talk about their lives and open up their souls to one another, good things happen.

This is true for the two couples who started their relationship with a good conversation over Starbucks coffee. Alvin and Deborah first met at Starbucks, while study buddies Luis and Jet got to know each other better after a Starbucks coffee seminar.

In 2013, Alvin invited Deborah to meet up at Starbucks i2 Point in Cebu after being introduced to each other through Facebook by a common friend. They talked for the first time over Java Chip Frappuccino®, Caramel Frappuccino® and a Cinnamon Roll. In less than a month, they made their relationship official.

Meet Me at Starbucks (1)After three years, Alvin, a self-proclaimed poet, proposed to her through a 14-stanza poem. “I gave her one stanza of the poem every month during our coffee dates at Starbucks. It started on September 25, 2013, and went on for a year. After that, I never wrote her a poem again.  I decided to fulfill my plan to propose to her last March 25, 2015 and created photo slides of us with each stanza of the poem in it, but now with the culminating stanza asking her to be my wife,” Alvin shared.

Last year, they had their prenuptial photoshoot at the Starbucks store where they first met. They are now married for eight months and expecting their first born very soon.

Meanwhile, Luis and Jet’s story is a bit different. They were part of a study group that regularly met at Starbucks to review for the board exams. One Sunday after the exams, the two met again at Starbucks just to read books and spend alone time together, until a barista invited them to join a coffee seminar.Meet Me at Starbucks (2)They obliged and had a wonderful coffee experience by discovering the different growing regions and types of coffee. After the seminar, they got to know each other on a more personal level as they were able to talk more comfortably. That same day, I came to know that he loves to go to the movies and dreams about being Batman. He also allowed me to share a laugh with him about his funny childhood antics, which I still laugh about to this very moment. The coffee experience loosens up people and makes them more comfortable, and I think this is why the term ‘COCOL’ (Coffee-Coffee Lang) also became popular,” Jet shared. They agreed to attend the  following week’s coffee seminar, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now about to get married, they still remember that first time they had a good conversation and the friendly faces of the baristas who invited them to the coffee seminar.

These, and more, happened at a place where people meet to bond and enjoy each other’s company. Starbucks, from the very start, has strived to be the third place between home and work – where one can form and keep meaningful relationships.

And, in the spirit of encouraging meaningful connections over good coffee, Starbucks invites everyone to its “Meet Me At Starbucks for a Date Night” event on February 14, 6-8PM at EVIA Daang Hari in Las Piñas and The Venice Grand Canal in Taguig, and 7-9PM at Axis Entertainment Center in Cebu and E- Lopez in Quezon City. Live musical performances, food and beverage samples, and special treats await you during the event.

Celebrate love over a cup of your favorite handcrafted beverages and share your photos and stories at – because good things happen when you get together.

Bridal Shower Honouring Dina

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 Surprise bridal shower for Dina @datantoco

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Will You?

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Raffles Makati and Tiffany & Co. join hands to present the perfect wedding experience for would-be couples in a series of initiatives themed “Will You?”.

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Kicking off the collaboration was a by invitation-only event held at the luxury hotel from 29 to 30 July where both partners will present the best in engagement and bridal.

Will You Tiffany Raffles 24Will You Tiffany Raffles 20Raffles Announces Collaboration with Tiffany (3)Will You Tiffany Raffles 12 President of Rustan Commercial Corporation, Donnie V. Tantoco, is thrilled to host the event. “Rustan’s opened the first Tiffany & Co. boutique in the country back in 1993, and has been a great addition to our luxury brand portfolio. Since then, we have introduced new ranges and made a big statement in gold. But today, we are very excited to finally offer what Tiffany is best known for in the world —the Solitaire Diamond Ring.” Mr. Tantoco continues, “For the Philippines to be part of the momentous celebration of the 130th year of the Tiffany® Setting here in the Philippines is something we are very proud of. We can’t wait for everyone to see all the great plans we have for Tiffany & Co., which we intend to reveal within the year.” Donnie Tantoco Tiffany & Co Rustans Raffles Will youWill You Tiffany Raffles 10Will You Tiffany Raffles 21Will You Tiffany Raffles 22Will You Tiffany Raffles 23 In addition to discovering Tiffany’s superlative jewelry, multi-award-winning pastry chef, Penk Ching, created a 4-tiered wedding cake inspired by the iconic blue box especially for the event,

Will You Tiffany Raffles 9while guests are gifted with a mini version of the Tiffany blue box-inspired cake.

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  Invitees also celebrated love and weddings by creating their own unique bridal bouquet at the Tiffany Flower Bar by Rustan’s Flower Shop  Will You Tiffany Raffles 8Will You Tiffany Raffles 11Will You Tiffany Raffles 16
Will You Tiffany Raffles 17Tiffany & Co Will You giveawayRaffles Makati Managing Director David Batchelor adds, “Being in the hotel industry, I have been and continue to be given the privilege of witnessing the celebration of marriage. Here at the Raffles, we ensure that this milestone is carried out with care and understanding, which is why we are launching bridal packages that have been meticulously thought out and planned to create a memorable wedding.”

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Raffles Makati Bridal Package

As a couple culminates their romantic journey from engagement to a celebration of matrimony, Raffles Makati proposes bridal packages that are in keeping with the elegance and stature of the iconic hotel brand. Raffles has a storied history with its first property opening over a century ago. Three Bridal Packages are offered to choose from, namely: the Classic, Deluxe and the Prestige. A wedding at the Raffles Makati incorporates pre-wedding preparations from food tastings to overnight stays to photo shoots.  On the big day, a Raffles wedding reception includes special additions such as the bridal car, floral arrangements, stage design, string quartet, photo booth, dedicated butler, special wedding cake, indoor confetti, among many other interesting services and amenities aimed to personalize each bridal affair. For more information and inquiries on the Raffles Makati Bridal Packages, please call 555 9737 or email

Bridal Packages:

The Classic package offers an intimate food tasting for four persons, overnight accommodations in the Raffles Junior Suite and Fairmont Guestroom for the bride-to-be and groom-to-be, along with a photo shoot in the hotel’s elegant public spaces during pre-wedding preparations. A wedding reception embellished with tailor-made touches is prepared, as a sumptuous four-course menu of choice or lavish international buffet is ready to delight. Slow down to an exclusive honeymoon experience with an overnight stay in a Raffles Junior Suite and two-night getaway to Miniloc Island, El Nido inclusive of breakfast buffet for two, an intimate dinner on a private beach, and round-trip air-fare from Manila to El-Nido, to name a few.

On the other hand, the Deluxe package elevates one’s bridal experience with additional touches: from an overnight stay in a Raffles Junior Suite and Fairmont Deluxe Room for the happy couple before they say, “Marry Me; a custom-designed four-layered wedding cake and impressive international buffet spread with carvings served after both say, “I Do”; to kicking off “Forever After” with an overnight stay in one of Raffles’ gracefully designed Junior Suites and two-nights stay in El Nido’s luxe resort Lagen Island—truly the walk from the isle to happily ever after is one-of-a-kind.

Raffles Makati provides the perfect setting for your wedding
– whether you imagined it to be an intimate ceremony or a lavish gathering of hundreds.

Traditional or avant-garde, our wedding specialists provide the inspiration, graceful execution and attention to detail you deserve to create a memorable wedding experience.

At Raffles Makati, you can take pleasure in the intoxicating blend of luxury, romance and timelessness of a wedding that is uniquely yours.

The splendid Prestige package, which is the top of the tier package, is a dream for any bride and groom. Celebrate the night before with an overnight stay at the spacious Fairmont Gold Corner Suite and stunning Raffles Executive Suite. Enjoy a bridal car dressed with beautiful floral arrangements for the occasion. Toast with sparkling champagne and dine over fine cuisine as jet sparks light up the ballroom. To wrap up this once-in-a-lifetime experience, indulge in a honeymoon retreat at the plush Raffles Executive Suite and escape to an out of this world resort in El Nido’s Pangalusian Island.

A Will You? Bridal Afternoon Tea will also be exclusively offered at the iconic Writers Bar to those who avail any of the three Raffles bridal packages as an intimate bridal shower for eight. The bespoke Tiffany-inspired afternoon tea includes a medley of savoury teacup sandwiches, a three-tier assembly of traditional scones and exquisite pastries with graceful bridal touches, presented with a delectable iconic Tiffany box. A choice of select teas or Champagne may be paired with this elegant fête.

The couple will be able to invite 8 guests to experience the bespoke “Will You?” Bridal Afternoon Tea which offers beautifully delectable bridal and Tiffany-inspired sweet and savoury treats along with freshly baked scones served with a glass of Champagne.

Raffles Announces Collaboration with Tiffany (1)The timing for this partnership is perfect as Tiffany & Co. celebrates the 130th anniversary of its classic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring this year while Raffles Makati launches its new and elegant bridal packages.Will You Tiffany Raffles 7

Tiffany & Co., the world’s foremost diamond authority, celebrates the 130th Anniversary of the Tiffany® Setting in the Philippines

This exclusive event allowed guests to discover Tiffany & Co.’s legacy and craftsmanship through the exquisite engagement jewelry on display, including the ultimate celebration of love —the Tiffany® Setting. Limited pieces of yellow diamond jewelry are also on display during the Will You? event and are made available exclusively at Rustan’s, only until September 2016.

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“Tiffany & Co. is synonymous with luxury, glamorous jewels —and romantic love, epitomized by the Tiffany® Setting. Introduced by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1886, the Tiffany® Setting is still the world’s most famous engagement ring today, and a symbol of our reputation for the most beautiful diamonds on earth,” said Erica Kerner, Asia-Pacific Vice-President of Marketing for Tiffany & Co. and host of the Will You? bridal event. “We are so pleased to showcase the scintillating Tiffany & Co. engagement jewelry in the Philippines and to play such an important role in the great love stories of couples here.”

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130 years of the Tiffany® Setting

In 1886, Charles Lewis Tiffany introduced the Tiffany® Setting to glorify the solitaire diamond, a symbol of everlasting love. The groundbreaking design had six prongs lifting a round diamond above a slender gold band. It put the beautiful diamonds Tiffany had become famous for on a pedestal and let them shine. Light could literally pass between the ring prongs and through the diamond, heightening its brilliance. This elegant innovation was a departure from other engagement rings that held a stone close to the band. With the design’s completion, Tiffany became the first jeweler to create a signature engagement ring. An instant success, the Tiffany® Setting has remained the ultimate celebration of love for 130 years. The Tiffany engagement ring is available at their store at Rustan’s Makati.  For information, please call 817 8108.Raffles Announces Collaboration with Tiffany (2)

About Raffles Makati

Raffles Makati is an oasis of calm and elegance nestled in the most prestigious address of cosmopolitan Makati. The hotel is within walking distance to fashionable boutiques, exciting dining options that offer a myriad of cuisines, and museums and galleries. Raffles Makati offers emotional luxury to the well-travelled through its stylishly designed 32-suites. Bespoke Butler services, relaxing spa and fitness facilities, an open-air swimming pool, and the iconic Long Bar and Writers Bar are found in the hotel. Other culinary options include the vibrant all-day-dining Spectrum buffet, pastry-boutique Café Macaron, and the bustling Fairmont Lounge. The Raffles Makati is housed within a sleek 30-story tower that also includes the 280 Fairmont Makati and 237 Raffles Residences.

About Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel brand with an illustrious history dating back to 1887 when the world-renowned Raffles opened its doors in Singapore.  Today, the remarkable collection includes twelve extraordinary properties in locations as diverse as Paris, Istanbul, and the Seychelles, with many more in development in exciting destinations such as Warsaw and Jeddah.  Whether it’s a secluded resort or a lively city-center, each Raffles promises an oasis of calm and charm and a compelling mix of cultures and styles, and has its very own story to tell. Part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global company that also operates the Fairmont and Swissôtel brands, Raffles is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.  For more information or reservations, please visit