Ezralaine Liwag, 3rd year Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) student of the Institute of Tourism Hospitality Management (ITHM) of Far Eastern University (FEU), emerged as champion at the Monin Cup 2016, Cocktail Category (Talking Bartender) with her classic drink, “California Wiski” held on Au-gust 3-4, 2016 at the World Food Expo 2016 at SMX Mall of Asia Convention, Pasay City.

Liwag, president of FEU Barista Club, also won 3rd runner-up for “Monin Coffee Creativity Cup 2016” with her signature beverage, “Celemento”. She defeated professional bartenders from Solaire Hotel, New World Hotel and students from the University of Santo Tomas, Lyceum of the Philippines, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

“Ezra’s win signals that our curriculum is aligned with the latest trends in different fields. This competi-tion provides exposure for the students to good internship and job opportunities,” said Dr. Melinda Torres, ITHM dean.

Ezra will represent the Philippines in the Monin Cup Asia Pacific in September 2016. Monin Cup 2016 is one of the most exciting Beverage Competitions in the Philippines featuring “Monin Coffee Creativity Cup 2016”, “Monin Cup 2016” and “Monin Flair Cup” Competition. It brings together professional bar-tenders and hospitality students to determine the best beverage recipes using Monin products.