Fort McKinley: A Pre-Opening Overview at PAPC-USA Kapihan, May 30, 2012





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Published on May 31, 2012

Fort McKinley l Filipino American Cuisine l 101 Brentwood Drive l South San Francisco, CA (Restaurant l Bar l Banquet)

May 30, 2012:
~ Barry Picazo and Tiffany Le (co-owner Ferdie Pernia was not available) held an impromptu press conference during the Philippine American Press Club-USA's "Kapihan sa Fort McKinley."

Barry and Tiffany disclosed their plans for the forthcoming soft opening on Father's Day, June 17, 2012. They also talked about how the various function rooms would provide a more vibrant venue for dining and dancing as well as Karaoke nights. Barry also related about meeting the original owners of Brentwood Lodge who debunked all the unsavory rumors about the building's origins. The building was built in 1955.

The Press Club's topic was timely: The Future of Filipino American Journalism and Journalists.


A. Welcome by Esther M. Chavez, President, Philippine American Press Club
B. Improving our craft - The Future of Filipino American Journalism

Speakers: Odette Keeley, Chief of Staff, News Anchor/Executive Producer New America Media & Comcast TV Emil Guillermo, Columnist, Philippine News and Inquirer.net Benjamin Pimentel, Writes for the Dow Jones MarketWatch, Columnist, Inquirer.net

C. Launch of 2012 Plaridel Awards -- Excellence in Filipino American Journalism Categories * Start of Nominations * Judges Sponsorship -- Rene Delos Santos, Director, Department of Tourism

D. Special Update on Scarborough Shoal Impasse
Philippine Deputy Consul General Alfonso Ver

E. Your Financial Future Starts Today
By Julie Estrella Adams, Agent, New York Life (Sponsor)

F. Networking -- Happy Hour -- Karaoke Contest - Raffle Prizes EMCEE: Esther Chavez

Special Thank you to management of Fort McKinley for accommodating this Kapihan
today and the sumptuous merienda cena


Mini Ube Fresh Lumpia
Ceviche over Wonton Crisps

Asian Pear & Pomelo Salad in Mango-Bagoong dressing

Paella Manileña
Black Palabok
Green Beans & Kalabasa Au Gratin
Chicken Pandan
Pork Claypot
Asian Beef Curry

Turon a la mode


Sidebar: Since this was a Kapihan --- and I wanted Barry to sample the HEALTHY COFFEE (A coffee blend with reishi mushrooms and ginseng) and hot chocolate (the chai tea wasn't available), I personally served the guests their coffee or hot chocolate. Anyone who is interested in a distributorship can contact Lorna Dietz at RadiantView@gmail.com or visit her retail store at http://radiantview.healthycoffee.com. Thank you to Ben Menor for bringing the vending machine to Fort McKinley for this sampling event.


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