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First Visa Gourmet Perks
Winner Spotted at Italianni’s

Cress Caluag wasn’t really the type who loved
surprises, but last Friday was an exception. After
all, it’s not every day that she and her officemates
get to enjoy an excellent Italian meal, and have
someone else foot the bill!

A delicious surprise was how Caluag, branch manager
and 4th assistant vice president of Banco Filipino,
Benavidez branch, described the experience when she
became the first ever Mystery Shopper at Italianni’s
in Greenbelt2 recently as part of the Visa promo
“Gourmet Perks”. A Visa Gold cardholder, Caluag said
she had just handed her card to the waiter when Jim
Dixon, Visa country manager, came up “from out of
nowhere” and offered to pay for the meal. Donalyn
Sagurit, the Italiani’s attending waitress was as
happy to receive a generous tip of Php3,000.

“I actually thought it was just a hoax or something. A
few minutes later, my three officemates and I still
could not get over our amusement. It was a really
memorable night for us,” says Caluag, laughing.

To avail of the promo, simply dine in any of the 50
Gourmet Perks merchant partners in Greenbelt,
Glorietta or Eastwood and pay your bill using you Visa
card. ‘Mystery Diners will be on the lookout for
customers paying with their Visa cards and waiters or
attendants who prompt diners to use their Visa cards.
Once spotted, the customer’s bill will be on Visa and
the waiter gets a generous P3,000 tip on the spot!.
Watch out for the Mystery Diner as he goes around
Glorietta, Greenbelt or Eastwood looking for YOU! 

Besides the possibility of being spotted by a Mystery
Diner and getting a sumptuous meal free of charge, the
Gourmet Perks program also gives you special treats of
free dessert and appetizer with a minimum purchase at
the 50 merchant partners. 

These freebies vary from one food haunt to another
giving you the widest selection of best possible
treats, ranging from a free side salad for every main
course at Bizu Pattiserie in Greenbelt, a cake of
your choice with a minimum bill of 800 at Nuvo,
Greenbelt. It’s a free red box combination for a
minimum party of 5 paying customers during the
primetime hours of 7 p.m. to 12 midnight at Red Box,
and Banana Leaf and Curry House gives you free sago
pudding in Thai pandan leaf with a minimum purchase of
P500, just to name a few.

Visit these participating restaurants until March 2005
and enjoy exclusive privileges from Visa. Just use
your Visa card and ask for your Gourmet Perks. 
For inquiries, call your respective Visa card issuing
bank.

Source: Geiser Maclang Communications

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