The stars of such popular television series as “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Office,” “Community,” “The Closer,” “Criminal Minds,” as well as classics like “ER” and “Seinfeld” got a taste of VuQo Premium Vodka at gifting suites around Los Angeles in honor of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
VuQo participated in two suites this year- the Secret Room Red Carpet Luxury Lounge at the posh SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, and the Borgnine Group’s Celebrity Gifting Suite and tribute to Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
Celebrities like Mayim Bialik, Joe Mantegna, Chris McDonald, and Hector Elizondo stopped by for refreshing VuQo Signature Cocktails, and got to take home a bottle of VuQo for their personal enjoyment. The stars were intrigued by the uniqueness of VuQo, as the only vodka in the world distilled from coconut. Coconut products, particularly coconut water drinks, have become very popular in Hollywood because of their health benefits.
“It’s really exciting that Hollywood celebs are enjoying VuQo as we get to participate in events surrounding television’s highest honors,” said VuQo Founder and CEO, Rich Cabael.
Macy’s in San Francisco celebrated the Men’s Store Grand Reopening with a Benefit Shopping Evening to raise money for local charities. VuQo Premium Vodka was invited to help celebrate the event with a vodka bar on each of the store’s six floors.
Guests were treated to delicacies provided by local food truck vendors situated throughout the store and were entertained by local artists, djs, and models that reflected the merchandise sold on each floor. Guests were given stamps for visiting each floor and if completed, they received a special gift bag and were entered to win cool prizes.
The VuQo bars were busy as bartenders served VuQo Cranberry, VuQo Soda, VuQo Tonic, and VuQo on the Rocks.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for VuQo to participate in a Macy’s event and support a worthwhile cause in supporting local charities in San Francisco,” said Rich Cabael, Founder and CEO of VuQo.
Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. scored an impressive win over South Aftrican, Jeffrey Mathebula, and unified the IBF and WBO Super Bantamweight Championship Belts at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The fight was scored a unanimous blowout with Donaire knocking down Mathebula with a left hook in the fourth round.
“The Filipino Flash controlled the entire fight and showed the world he could stand toe-to-toe even with someone five inches taller than him,” said Rich Cabael, CEO of VuQo Premium Vodka. “And we’re proud to have him and Rachel as our endorsers.”
VuQo Premium Vodka sponsored the After Fight Party at Sevilla Nightclub in Long Beach, CA. and was hosted by Waterhole Kings and Just Blame Us. The After Party was well attended with media from ABS-CBN, BakitWhy.com, Manila Mail, FilAm TV, and AZE Media. Chris Gatdula from the world famous dance group Jabbawockeez was also in attendance.
WBO Champion and VuQo Premium Vodka endorser, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, defends his title against IBF Champion, Jeffrey Mathebula, in a super bantamweight unification fight this Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs), currently ranked the world’s #4 pound-for-pound boxer by “The Ring” magazine, is facing one of his toughest opponents yet in the 5’11” Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs) from South Africa. The fight will be aired as the main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00PM (ET)/ 7:00 (PT).
The Official After Fight Party, presented by VuQo Premium Vodka and hosted by Waterhole Kings and Just Blame Us, follows at Sevilla Night Club (140 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA), from 9PM-2AM (21+ only).
VuQo congratulates multi-awarded entertainment columnist Ruben Nepales on the ground-breaking launch of his book, “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood.” Nepales is the Hollywood correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and has the distinction of being the first Filipino member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the organization behind the prestigious Golden Globe Awards. His book is a celebration of Filipino talent in Hollywood, and includes interviews with such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens, Alec Mapa, Darren Criss, and Hailee Steinfeld. He also features Filipinos who work hard behind the scenes, like Oscar-nominated cinematographer Michael Libatique, as well as theater artists like Bernardo Bernardo.
VuQo served its refreshing signature cocktails at the book signing held at CBS Radford Studios in Studio City on May 19. The event was attended by the top Filipinos in Hollywood, including Sony Pictures publicity executive Fritz Friedman, theater director Jon Lawrence Rivera, fashion designer Oliver Tolentino, TV producer Marc Anthony Nicolas, and actors Rodney To and Clifford Banagale. Leaders of the Filipino community in LA also came out to support Nepales and his wife and fellow journalist, Janet. Guests were treated to live performances by a quartet from the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra, “Jazzipino” singer Charmaine Clamor, and entertainer Luisa Marshall.
VuQo! VuQo! VuQo! was the chant at the reception after playing 18 holes in the First Bayanihan Cup held at Summit Pointe Golf Club in Milpitas, CA. Winners of the different divisions each won a bottle of VuQo while the rest of the participants got a chance to win a bottle through the raffle.
The event was sponsored by Mango Tours, Philippine Airlines, Cache Creek, AirPhil Express, Microtel, Bayanihan Cargo, Rafael Lumanlan of Morgan Stanley, Stephen Sim of PGA Los Angeles, Globe Telecom, Asian Journal, Keep Scores, and VuQo Premium Vodka. Guests of honor included Milpitas Mayor, Jose Esteves and San Francisco Deputy Consul General of the Philippines, Alfonso “Doy” Ver.
VuQo CEO, Rich Cabael, played in the tournament but was never in contention. “I played very well but unfortunately, my score didn’t reflect it,” Cabael jokingly said. “For every great shot I hit, I hit 10 not so great!”
VuQo CEO, Rich Cabael, was a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, CA. His message, delivered to the group of influential Filipinos from such various fields as government, banking, entertainment, and medicine, was about leadership and competitiveness and how his life experiences prepared him to start VuQo Inc. From baseball to school organizations, successful and unsuccessful ventures, and a career in Silicon Valley, he spoke of determination, passion, and motivation fueled by the people around him, the journey to reach his goals, and pride in being Filipino.
Special thanks to John Mina, President of the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown, for inviting VuQo’s CEO to speak.