Scenes From a Celebration for the 50 Great Restaurants of 2019

Take a look at what went down during the party!

(SPOT.ph) To attempt to capture the shift of the Metro’s continually-evolving food scene over a year into a 50-item list is no easy task. But persevere, we did—and the result is our list of the 50 Great Restaurants of 2019. To commemorate its release (we swear we weren’t just looking for an excuse to party), we decided to celebrate with a bang—that is, with a small event to shine the spotlight on the restaurants, held on November 25 at Marco Polo Ortigas.

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Hosts Michiko Manalang and Mark Suntay 
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Bringing life to the event were hosts Mark Suntay and our own Michiko Manalang, who exchanged stories on their experiences (and favorite dishes) from the restaurants on the list. The aforementioned restaurants were presented with tokens by the SPOT.ph team through Joanna Manalastas Calasanz, editor-in-chief. Guests feasted on a four-course dinner courtesy of Marco Polo, and fantastic beer from Joe's Brew.

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Joanna Manalastas Calasanz, Francis Tolentino, Rambo Nuñez
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Calasanz, Dianne and Brian Westphal
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Photographers Toto Labrador, Kai Huang
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Nathaniel Benedicto, Cara Paguio, Steven Chen 
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Joe Salaver, Christine Ongteco Sandejas, Cheska Picache, Precious Almendras, Yvette Fernandez, Symon Siman 
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Lourd de Veyra, Myrza Sison, Calasanz, Yvette Fernandez
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With a lineup that ranges from neighborhood cafes to homegrown concepts to international franchises, it’s evident that Manila’s dining sphere only continues to grow and expand as time moves forward. We can only imagine what’s in store in the years to come.

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