Thursday, March 8, 2012

PF Chang's opens in Manila

Last month we headed out to Alabang to join in the fun for the opening of the very first P.F. Chang's Bistro in the Philippines. P.F. Chang's is a popular China-inspired bistro with locations all over the United States and also around the world.

Finally, this modern China bistro has arrived in the Philippines. For the opening of its first Philippine branch at the Alabang Town Center, Archie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc., welcomed hundreds of guests. He called it a dream come true after working for more than a year to bring the popular US restaurant here.

Restaurant co-founder Philip Chiang, P.F. Chang’s President for Global Brand Development Mike Welborn and Director for International Marketing Genaro Perez came all the from the US just to attend the opening. They were very excited to tell guests all about the success story behind P.F. Chang’s.
P.F. Chang’s has been wowing diners since it first opened in the US in 1993. Philip’s culinary philosophy of simple, fresh and flavorful food with an Asian influence was an immediate hit in the US and then eventually it spread to other countries. P.F. Chang’s easily became a favorite dining venue with its modern bistro setting, Western-style hospitality, mouth-watering desserts and an award-winning beverage program,. Diners also liked the terra-cotta horses at the entrance.

Guests at the Philippine launch had a taste of the specialties that have made P.F. Chiang's famous: crab wontons, Mongolian beef, spicy chicken and spring rolls. They also enjoyed P.F. Chiang's wonderful specialty drinks.

Among the first to enjoy P.F. Chang’s in the Philippines were Bea Lucero-Lhuillier, Cory Quirino, Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, Justice Andres Reyes Jr., Christine Jacobs-Sandejas, Ambassador Philip and Edna Lhuillier, Francis Lumen and Dyan Castillejo-Garcia.

P.F. Chang's Genaro Perez and Mike Welborn

Global Restaurant Concepts CEO Archie Rodriguez
with guests Tet and Allan Escano

Jingjing Romero and Cory Quirino

The cocktail party lasted well into the night, even after Archie Rodriguez and partners Griffith Go and Manuel Zubiri were presented with a golden terracotta warrior from P.F. Chang’s to mark the occasion. Terracotta soldiers and horse statues are part of P.F. Chang’s distinctive decor, along with a beautiful Chinese mural.

Founder P.F. Chang and Rigo Rubacalva

Griffith and Mary Go flank Manuel Zubiri

Ambassador Philip Lhuillier, Jeff Roberts and Jack Rodriguez Sr.



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