Fashion savants and chocolate mavens sashayed their way to Lobby Lounge of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu last Mar. 12, as the premier seaside resort staged Mugnâ, a tasteful celebration of Cebuano chocolate and couture.
Mugnâ, a Cebuano word that means “to create”, is a fitting term for the extravaganza of flourishing local talent. The event featured signature pieces by designers from the Fashion Council of Cebu and the introduction of Lobby Lounge’s Chocolate High Tea, a treasure box of goodies made in partnership with homegrown chocolatier, The Chocolate Chamber.
Guests had a fabulous afternoon as they witnessed piece after piece of chic Cebuano couture made by renowned names in the industry: OJ Hofer, Yvonne Quisumbing, Albert Arriba, Mia Arcenas, Edwin Ao, Jun Escario, Arcy Gayatin, Philipp Tampus and Philip Rodriguez.
The afternoon flair was complemented with bites of the Chocolate High Tea selection that consists of White Chocolate Crème, Chicken Inasal, Spiced Chocolate, Tablea Crème Brûlée, Beef Tablea and Flourless Tablea Cake, which was served with a pot of premium tea.
The more adventurous chocolate aficionados meanwhile had the option of indulging in signature cacao-infused martinis, made in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka. The line-up includes the Classic Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Orange Chocolate, Chili Choco, Mint Choco, Choco Bomb Shot and Warm Orange Cognac Sikwate.
Mugnâ was a celebration of firsts, as it was the launch of Lobby Lounge’s Chocolate High Tea and signature martinis which are now available daily. Moreover it was the premiere of the monthly fashion shows in which two of the participating designers will present collections exclusively made for the resort. The couture pieces will be on display at the resort’s Events Center and the entire season will culminate with a grand finale on Aug. 31, 2016.