After tough national finals, Jose Cuervo has named [name of winner] as the winner of the Philippine leg of the global campaign Dons of Tequila. Angelica Suzzane Castro, 22, from project 4 quezon city, and currently working at Simply thai greenbelt 5 will now join sixteen (16) other bartenders from across the world in the grand final event at La Rojena, Mexico.
Winner Angelica Castro during the competition
“We saw some fantastic bartenders in this competition, but Angelica showed the true grit, personality, and creativity that encompasses what it means to be a don,” says Charles Wright, Senior Commercial Manager – Southeast Asia and India for Jose Cuervo International. “Angelica truly deserves the honor of being the Philippine Don of Tequila!”
In the first challenge of its kind, Angelica Suzanne Castro will compete for the chance to be named the next Don of Tequila and win the prize of a lifetime: fly to Tequila, Mexico where they’ll get to harvest their own crop of agave on the Jose Cuervo estate, blend it into a unique tequila and win the batch, labelled under their own name.
“I’m confident about Angelica’s chances in the global finals of Dons of Tequila,” quips Divine Lee, celebrity and Dons of Tequila Mentor. “She definitely stood out, and he/she showed some real cojones in the finals. We can’t wait to send her over to Mexico to battle it out for the Philippines!”
Genrev Bacasno, Jerry Miranda, the 10 finalists with Lucio Pua and Charles Wright
Jose Cuervo’s Dons are the real heroes of tequila – people, past and present, who epitomize the expert craft, passion and bravery required to make the world’s most popular tequila. Their unwavering belief in quality and the spirit of tequila – true bonds, real friendship and good times – is what keeps the brand’s 250 years of heritage fresh and relevant. The bartender who is named the next Don in the global searchmust embody all of these qualities for a chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest legends of tequila.
“Filipinos have always been known for their passion and their creativity,” shares Genrev Bacasno, Dons of Tequila Mentor and second runner-up at the 23rd Annual World Bartender Championship. “That finals showdown only further proves that Filipino bartenders are more than primed to conquer the world stage.”
“Jose Cuervo’s support for Filipino mixologists elevates the industry,” adds Jerry Miranda, Dons of Tequila Mentor and Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 winner. “A competition like this sets standards even higher for the local bartending scene.”
The winner and the finalists
The Philippine winner will go up against the best-of-the-best in the Jose Cuervo Distillery, La Rojeña, in Tequila, Mexico for a final global showdown where they will be put to the ultimate test in front of the true Dons of Tequila.Aside from the Philippines, the Dons of Tequila competition is running in the following countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, UAE, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Cyprus.
Family owned for ten generations, Jose Cuervo is made using 250 years of cultivating, harvesting, blending and tasting expertise. Jose Cuervo Gold and Silver are distilled with rigorous standards, to create the taste and character fit for a Don.
For more information about the competition and of all things Jose Cuervo, visit www.DonsofTequila.com. The website features the stories of the current Dons of Tequila, as well as a selection of drinks fit for a Don, crafted and demonstrated by head barmen from La Rojeña.