Twice a week, Juliana goes to Silang, Cavite to oversee the business that she is co-managing—a 2-hectare estate consisting of a European restaurant, a coffee and pineapple plantation, an events venue, and a 5-cottage bed and breakfast. On other days, she goes to school in Metro Manila as a junior college student taking up Business Management.
She also handles the business’s customer inquiries, spends time in the kitchen and even helps with serving diners, and manages the social media space and website of the estate. Juliana Zehethofer is just 19, and yet it’s pretty obvious that she will be going places given her admirable ability to manage her time, complete her tasks with grace and efficiency, and co-direct a full-blown business toward a brighter landscape.
The huge estate in Silang is called Chez 1967. Juliana said they changed the old name (Chateau Hestia) to pay homage to her mom, lawyer Maria Flora Falcon, after she passed on last year. They did some renovations and re-launched the business in December 2022 as Chez 1967, which is a European restaurant, events place, and a bed and breakfast. Aside from great-tasting dishes, the place is known for its raw and lush greenery (complete with loud cicada chorus and sightings of wild tropical birds), rustic accommodations, Instagrammable indoor/outdoor event spaces, and museum-worthy antiques straight from Europe, specifically Austria, where Juliana’s family is from. Chez 1967 welcomes collaborations and business ideas from possible partners. The overall thrust is to be able to build a close-knit creative and cooperative community within the estate. The pet-friendly restaurant is open from Wednesday to Monday. You may visit their web site for more information: www.chez1967.com
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Renowned playwright and visual artist Tony Perez will be having an art exhibit this June. “Ambiguous” features 14 of his latest works, specifically, the following: “Portrait of Joel Cruz as The Magician (from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck),” “That Evening, in the Professor’s Study,” “Night Ocean (Diptych),” “Night Train Passing Through (Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?),” “Night Shift,” “Night Classes,” “Sleepwalker,” “The Caretaker’s Child,” “Self-Portrait as Gorgon,” “Kumanthong Cabinet,” “The Constellations of Men,” “Rain,” “Bernardo Carpio,” “The Copse,” and “The Builders.”
Tony Perez is known for his Cubao series (Cacho Publishing House), the musicals Florante at Laura and Sa Pugad ng Adarna, and Anvil’s transpersonal psychology series (“The Calling: A Transpersonal Adventure,” “Mga Panibagong Kulam,” and “Mga Panibagong Tawas”), among others. The art exhibit opens on June 23 in two separate galleries: Gallery 928 in Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong (5:00 p.m.) and Gallery 928 on P. Tuazon Boulevard in Cubao (7:00 p.m.). It will run until June 30.