Filipina bartender bests males to win TGIFridays’ Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan

TGIFridays Philippines’ Rizza Umlas competed against other bartenders in six other countries that included Guam, Australia, Dubai, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, and won TGIFridays Asia-Pacific Championship held in Taipei, Tawain. Every year, TGIFridays Philippines has long been a training ground for many bartender greats who have won in regional and world bartending events like Eric “El Terrible” Martinez who was named 2006 grand champion at the TGIFridays World Bartender Championship. This year was extra special because Umlas is the first Filipina and female bartender who won in the male-dominated competition. 

The TGIFridays Philippines team with their champion. (From left) April Sy, TGIFridays Phils. director for operations Stelton, Rizza Umlas, TGIFridays Phils. director for operations Sarah Masigla and TGI Fridays International director for operations Donald McQueen
“This is such a huge and significant victory not only for TGIFridays Philippines but for the whole country as well because we made history in the world of bartending,” shares Jean  Paul Manuud, The Bistro Group COO.  “It was one tough competition but we had an exceptionally talented representative in Umlas who showcased once again that Filipino bartenders – whether male or female – are some of the best in the region.” 

Umlas showing off her bartending skills
Umlas won the compulsory round, a skill test that involved technicalities and speed and accuracy of pouring drinks. She also topped the freestyle category with flipping, tossing, juggling, and catching bottles and shakers with flair and precision. She bagged the coveted trophy, cash prize, and a round-trip ticket to New York for TGIFridays’ 50th year celebration last October. TGIFridays Philippines is excited for their bartender as next year she will represent Asia-Pacific in the World Bartender Championship in March 2016 in Dallas, Texas. This global event will feature the toughest and the fiercest bartenders in the world who will all compete for the much-desired title (and bragging right) of King (or Queen) of the Bar.

Rizza Umlas performed with flair and precision
“Umlas’ success inspires us as we pursue our journey into another decade in the restaurant industry, bringing to the public world-class dining experience and the best bartenders,” Manuud said.

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