May 20, 2020

#WESupport: Drinks with Rita

Join the Philippines’ premier event planner and WE’s section contributor, Ms. Rita Neri, as she takes an in-depth look at the global events industry with its key movers and shakers. Hear the latest straight from the stakeholders and leaders of the industry. Get a glimpse into the worlds of industry creatives. Hear best practices being implemented in their businesses. Learn what they’re doing to not only survive, but thrive in this pandemic era.

For the premier episode of Drinks with Rita, she was joined by Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the 18th Congress, Cong. Jericho “Koko” Nograles to talk about the future of events.

Drinks with Rita is produced by the Philippines’ premier events planning company, Rita Neri Event Planners. As an industry veteran of 27 years, RNEP caters to clients all over the world from its Manila and California offices.

Catch them today at 3PM.

Drinks with Rita: Teddy Manuel as they talk about, amongst other things, the immediate impact of COVID 19 on the sourcing of event styling materials and steps he took to immediately address the crisis in his company.

Drinks with Rita S1E3: Audrey Tanco-Uy

Head honcho at Bizu Catering Studio, one of the country’s leading high-end catering concepts.

Being at the forefront of the service industry, Audrey discusses the new systems that they are putting in place to keep their client’s events safe, sanitized, but still decadent. What can we expect from the catering and services industry after this period? Will buffets still be a thing? How can consumers check if their chosen caterer is serving food safely? How will servers look like during events?

Get the answers to all of these and more in this episode of Drinks with Rita.

Drinks with Rita S1E4: Jason Magbanua

On the next episode of Drinks with Rita, Ms. Rita Neri talks to one of the Philippines’ leading videographers, Jason Magbanua. Does an industry leader like him still get affected by a pandemic like COVID? How will the Jason Magbanua team cope with the “new normal” imposed by this global crisis? Is Jason really turning down ALL destination events for 2020? Watch Jason Magbanua chat with Rita and hear his opinions on the current situation in this episode of Drinks with Rita.

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Drinks with Rita S1E5: Denise Ochoa

She has painted the faces of celebrities in the country like Kathryn Bernardo, Sarah Geronimo, and Bea Alonzo. From advertising spreads to weddings, Denise Ochoa is a sought-after make up artist.

In this episode of Drinks with Rita, Denise talks about how she balances her work as an in demand make up artist and busy mom to her son. She also gets into a discussion about what clients can expect from hair and make up artists now, given this pandemic. What precautions can clients expect from her, given that as a make up artist, she gets very close to the client while doing their make up?

Get the answers to all of these in this episode of Drinks with Rita.

Drinks with Rita S1E6: Jo Claravall

Tasteful, polished, and sophisticated. These are some of the words frequently associated with event sylist Jo Claravall. This demure tastemaker successfully defines chic for both corporate and social clients.
Whether it’s at the latest brand launch or someones wedding, Jo infuses the event with her signature panache.

Perhaps it’s her art history and advertising background. Wherever it comes from, Jo talks to Ms Rita in this episode and shares her take on styling events post-pandemic. With 2020 as the new milestone year, how does Jo see events moving forward? What design trends should the public anticipate?

Get the answers to all of these in this episode of Drinks with Rita. Catch Jo’s episode at the RNEP Events YouTube Channel.

Drinks with Rita S1E7: Lito Sy

There never is a dull moment when you’re with him. And yes—he’s multi-awarded too! Catch 30 year veteran in wedding photography, International Double Master of WPPI, Lito Sy, in this episode of Drinks with Rita. As one of the most awarded lensmen in his field, Lito brings his mix of undeniable experience, spontaneity, and elegant approach to create timeless works of art for his clients.

Find out why he had Ms. Rita laughing in this episode of Drinks with Rita at the RNEP Events YouTube Channel.

Drinks with Rita S1E8: Consul RJ Ledesma

This man wears many, many hats. He is honorary Vice Consul of Monaco to the Philippines, TV anchor, book author, entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Mercato Centrale, EnterPH, and EasyFranchise, a mentor for GoNegosyo,
Board of Advisers of the DLSU College of Business, and a Hall of Famer in Aliw Awards for his emceeing.

As a businessman, events host, and consul, how did RJ deal with the challenges the pandemic brought on? What did he do to turn around and pivot his numerous endeavors? How did he manage to juggle all of it and still come out productive during this period?

If you want to hear it straight from a multi-awarded entrepreneur and learn from his breadth of experience, come and catch this episode of Drinks with Rita. Episode premiers on Tuesday, 2 June, at 7 PM on the RNEP YouTube Channel.

Drinks with Rita S1E9: Pastor Peter Kairuz

As the president of The 700 Club Asia’s CBN Asia, Pastor Peter Kairuz has been helping many individuals over the years lead lives connected to the Lord. He has also been officiating many Christian weddings as part of his ministry.

In this episode of Drinks with Rita, Ms. Rita talks to Pastor Peter regarding the concerns and questions of couples who want to get married in civil ceremonies amidst this current COVID pandemic.

How many guests are allowed in a Christian ceremony? How can social distancing be practiced? Are couples even allowed to get legally married now? Or should they wait until next year?

Drinks with Rita S1E10: Oly Ruiz

He has shot celebrities such as Billy Joe Crawford and Coleen Garcia, Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga, and Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna.

Humble, talented, and always pushing the envelope, Oly Ruiz is a former engineer turned renowned lensman. He is the founder of Metrophoto, a collective made up of the country’s top wedding photographers. Metrophoto is responsible for churning out evocative wedding pictures and portraitures that artistically push the envelope.

Known for being at the helm of some of the most striking destination wedding shoots, Metrophoto, under Oly’s watchful eye, has expanded to branches all over the Philippines. It is with this go-getter attitude, attention to detail, and eagerness for preparation that Oly is tackling the current pandemic and the local wedding photography scene.

Catch what best practices he has started implementing for his clients and Metrophoto team after consulting infectious disease doctors. Learn from this industry leader and glean from his insights. Oly’s episode airs on Friday, June 5, 7 pm at the RNEP YouTube Channel.

Drinks with Rita S1E11: Philip Santos and Jake Arevalo of Forsc Ink

In all events, the lights and sounds component plays such an integral part in the coming together and successful execution of said events. Without the vital support provided by this event component, other suppliers will not be able to perfectly piece together their vision. Forsc Ink is one such company in this industry. With over 30 years of experience in the sounds and lights industry, Forsc Ink has serviced many of the most successful and recognized social and private events in the country. Well-known as a “one-stop-shop for technical equipment support”, Forsc Ink has become one of the most sought after provider of small, medium to large scale sounds and lights systems for premier corporate launches, conferences, awardings, meetings, exhibits, as well as top fashion shows, live events and concerts from both local and foreign alike. In this episode of Drinks with Rita, Ms. Rita Neri sits down and chats with Philip Santos and Jake Arevalo of Forsc Ink. How is a labor intensive supplier like Forsc Ink dealing with the adjustments demanded by the current pandemic?

Drinks with Rita S1E12: Michael Leyva

He is a favorite of celebrities with designs that grace the local publications and magazines regularly.

This former flight attendant, turned designer, certainly has come a long way. From taking over his beloved brother Brian’s chosen career path, Michael has taken the fashion world by storm and staged shows in Moscow and LA, to name a few. Making Filipinos proud everywhere, he continues to forge a path in his field, always mindful to acknowledge the help and inspiration that his family and team give him.

Catch this humble and hard working designer as he talks about his team’s efforts to help during this time of the pandemic. What propelled him to launch his PPE drive? How is fashion coping with the current pandemic?

Hear all of this from this episode of Drinks with Rita, premiering on Friday, 19 June, 7 pm at the RNEP Events YouTube Channel.

Drinks with Rita S1E13: Lei Ponce

This sought after make up artist is certainly a creative and jack-of-all trades, from being a financial analyst, he is also a former beauty pageant title holder (Mr. GayWorld), a certified dog lover, and painter. His enterprising and multifaceted approach to makeup certainly showcases his artistry. Hear from Lei what he is doing now that events are limited by the current pandemic. He shares sanitation practices during make up application that one can be adapted by those doing their own make up. Catch these useful tips and more from this episode of Drinks with Rita.

Drinks with Rita S1E14: Pat Dy

From fashion editorials to shooting the weddings of some of the country’s It Girls like Solenn Heusaff and Nico Bolzico, Ann Curtis and Erwan Heusaff, and Isabella Daza, Pat Dy is as experienced doing fashion lay outs as he is with wedding Same Day Edits. This music major turned celebrity photographer is at the forefront of the country’s destination and celebrity shoots. As such, he shares his experience and insights about the best practices that can be adopted by fellow industry suppliers as everyone strives to deal with the new business normal. Glean from his experience on this episode of Drinks with Rita. Subscribe to Drinks with Rita Show:

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