Bacolod’s chill-out place

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By Mark Vargas


Friday, June 20, 2014

I WAS invited by my prima, Michelle Gasataya-Purvis, owner of Offshore Bar, for food and liquor tasting. It was a nice experience having tête-à-tête with the gracious and refined lady while she let me taste the foods and ladies’ drinks in her bar.

Michelle told me that when she went home from Thailand in 2000 with her husband, Grant Purvis, an Englishman, they learned that the owner of their favorite hangout place was thinking of selling it.

Michelle immediately wondered where would Grant stay in Bacolod when he returns. Her husband works as a pilot for remotely operated vehicles and according to Michelle it is a submersible underwater vehicle used for exploration projects called “OFFSHORE.”


And when he comes home, the loving wife Michelle, a partyphile, usually accompanies him to load off stress by going to parties and other social gatherings, be it big or small.

Michelle opened Offshore Bar in 2007 at Metrodome along Araneta Street. I am glad to know that my dear friend, my Manong Raymond Fuentes, an international interior designer, was invited by Michelle to do the interior designs of the bar.

Raymond placed a steel-plated flooring, railings and decks that one would confuse for a boat. The result was fabulous! The entire interiors are the best. The ambiance is so classy, relaxing and inviting.

Michelle always sees to it that Offshore Bar continues to serve their customers well as they had when they started seven years ago. It has been the favorite place of many prominent people of Bacolod City to hang out and relax.

Open daily from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., Offshore Bar serves a wide variety of alcoholic drinks and offers the widest variety of branded bottles and mixed shots and as what I heard from some of my high society friends, they find out that Offshore Bar almost has complete variety of branded bottles and mixed drinks in Bacolod City. They offer also good-tasting foods to go with the drinks.

Visit Offshore Bar at Metrodome, as Michelle and her husband Grant and their crew greet you, “Welcome aboard to Offshore Bar!”*


BLIND ITEM. Who is this society lady from Bacolod City who married a rich businessman and they are now based in Imperial Manille? At a private party in Manila months ago, she lost her 7-carat solitaire diamond ring worth more than seven million pesos.

But the loving husband assured her that he will buy her again a diamond ring with a bigger carat. Clue: She is one of the Philippines’ Best Dressed Ladies, was a former model of a big company based in Japan, and she had a big billboard endorsing the said product in the 1990s when billboards in Bacolod were not yet IN at the time. Eve now she is still so pretty and she is a very good friend of mine.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 20, 2014.


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