In partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy, Dusit Thani Manila gathered dignitaries and society high-rollers in Mayuree Ballroom for an exclusive pre-launch of the new Benjarong, targetted for a grand reopening in the last quarter of 2017.

IMG_9639.JPGDusit Thani Manila Executive Chef Rob Van Leeuwen and resident Thai Chef Watcharapon Yongbanthom “Chef Ja”

The said event was dubbed as "Thai Culinary Delights" where the hotel's resident Thai chef Watcharapon Yongbanthom showcased her culinary brilliance in demonstrating how to prepare some of the signature dishes to look forward to in the new Benjarong. Chef Ja, as she is affectionately called, shared the secrets behind Thai ingredients and how to prepare and combine them in thoroughly delicious ways.

Besides some members of the press, the intimate gathering was graced by diplomatic and consular corps, representatives from international organisations, society personalities. 

IMG_9650.JPGAmbassador Khun Thanatip Upatising, Ching Cruz, Madame Monthip Upatising 

IMG_0006.JPGHonorary Consul of Lebanon Mr. Joseph F.K. Assad, spouse of the Ambassador of India Madame Parvati Mazumdar, Ambassador of India His Excellency Jaideep Mazumdar, spouse of the Ambassador of Egypt Madame Mervat Alameldin Hassan, Honorary Consul Fortune Ledesma                

IMG_0012.JPGSpouse of the Ambassador of India Madame Parvati Mazumdar, spouse of the Ambassador of Egypt Madame Mervat Alameldin Hassan, Tingting Cojuangco, Honorary Consul Fortune Ledesma

IMG_9681.JPGThailand Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Khun Thanatip Upatising

IMG_9691.JPGGeneral Manager Bruno Cristol

123.JPGDitas Lerma, spouse of the Ambassador of Myanmar Madame Nwe Ni Aung, Ambassador Thanatip Upatising, Madame Monthip Upatising 

IMG_9883.JPGAudrey Zubiri, Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Madame Monthip Upatising, Lulu Tan Gan, Ms. Zelda Kienle

IMG_9830.JPGGeneral Manager Bruno Cristol and Chef Ja

As Benjarong approaches its last phase of reconstruction, everybody's excited to see its more elevated look in its new location and a more modern take on Thai gastronomy while retaining the classic, century-old recipes of which it was mainly known for.

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