Neri: Newsbits

An HSBC team led by bank president/chief executive officer Sandeep Uppal came to town a full moon ago to interact with valued clients, community partners, media movers and bank employees. It was also a chance for the group to see for themselves the prospects and the progress of the Queen Province of the South. Articulating his thoughts, Uppal stated: “It’s great to be on ground and personally experience the vibe of the city and Cebu province as a whole. Cebu is just bustling with abundant business opportunities and our presence affirms our continuous support to our clients and stakeholders here.”

Over a super yum Chinese dinner at Mott 32, Peter Faulhaber, HSBC head of wealth & person banking, shared that HSBC has been operating in the Philippines for 147 years serving customers through three global businesses—wholesale banking, global banking and markets, and wealth and personal banking. It was a very pleasant evening shooting the breeze with the dynamic team of Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corp.


Ambassador of Switzerland to the Philippines Alain Gaschen graced the opening of the first Nespresso Boutique in Cebu. Located at The Gallery section of Ayala Center, the coffee boutique aims to give its customers an immersive coffee experience with the premium high quality taste of its coffee, and a deeper appreciation of the coffee culture. Playing hosts were Nespresso S.E.A. business development manager, Fabio de Gregorio; Novateur Coffee Concepts Inc. managing director, Patrick Pesengco; and commercial & marketing head, Melissa Valdez.

Nespresso, headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, had its beginnings in 1986 and now operates in 81 countries. It has remained true to its commitment of bringing the highest quality coffee and richest aromas in all varieties to coffee lovers with its sleek Nespresso machines which dispense premium coffee brews at the click of a button.

Opening day was a festive affair with Cebu’s coffee crowd in attendance enjoying the coffee, cocktails, the music from the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra and JRG Visayas Chorale, and Sinulog dance number from Lumad Basaknon.