Yesterday FCC Angkor was proud to join Karavansara Retreat & Residencies, Shinta Mani, La Residence d’Angkor, Chateau d’Angkor, Thavy Apartments, and many others in cleaning up many areas along the river in Siem Reap. We hope we can contribute to cleaning up the environment and bring positive change regularly in the future!
Here’s the FCC Angkor team helping gather a total of 67 bin bags full of rubbish around central Siem Reap!
Stop by the Mansion in Phnom Penh seven nights a week and try one of the six legendary cocktails, including the Dark chocolate Old Fashioned, Lemongrass and ginger Collins, Mojito, Mango and cardamom Daiquiri, Gin & tonic, and Passionate Englishman. For information on cocktail ingredients, see our previous post.
FCC is pleased to announce that for the month of May we are running a charity in conjunction with Posh Edition. 10% of all hotel room bills will be donated to Kuntha Bopha Children’s Hospitals. This is just a small way we can give back to the young people in our communities (and beyond!) we value so much.
FCC’s Legendary Beer of the month for May: Derail Ale from Box Steam Brewery in the UK. Stop in & try this bitter/ESB today! Only $4.95 per 500ml bottle. It’s available now at both FCC Angkor and FCC Phnom Penh.
Thanks for meeting to chat about your upcoming show! Talk a little about the history of the band and where you’ve played.
This band was born in 2012 in Ho Chi Minh with the interest to make known Latin music in all its magnitude. To date the band has achieved great acceptance from Asians and foreigners visiting the city who have the opportunity to enjoy this band.
The band has performed at several venues in Ho Chi Minh and other cities, including: Caravelle Hotel, Hard Rock Café, Pacharan, Acoustic Bar, Green World Hotel Nha Trang City, the Gran Ho Tram, Vun Tau City, and many events.
Who is currently in the band and what are the band’s major influences?
The band consists of 5 members. The percussion Edy Rivera; keyboard Nestor Garcia; singer Yali Remus; dancer Yani Gierra; and of course singer and bandleader Oscar Leyva.
Undoubtedly Cuban music in all its magnitude is an influence. We have a rich world of Latin rhythms in our music, like son, cha-cha, mambo, salsa, and many others. I can mention traditional music by Beny More, Matamoros, Miguel Corona, Compay Segundo. We have also been influenced by foreigners, like Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Vives, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Chino y Nacho, Dady Yankee, and Marc Anthony. Music is a food that does not stop to put spices, and for that reason every day we drink more of it.
How did you get involved in the Mansion? Have you played it before? What are you most excited about?
Previously, other Cuban groups were playing as the band Warapo, and they provided very good references for the Mansion. This is our first time, but every time we go to a new place and we are introduced to the place it always excites us. We respect each space in which we present to the audience. That’s the most important thing.
And what are your thoughts on music in Phnom Penh and Cambodia in general? What’s the connection between Phnom Penh and Saigon like?
Really we know very little about the music of Cambodia in Cuba. I think the biggest connection between the two parts is the music. Music unites people, and this time we will join in a celebration of Latin music.
What else can we look forward to with Corazon in 2014? Any other shows in Cambodia or elsewhere we should know about?
For 2014 we plan to return to Cuba promote throughout the island. We also want to finish an album with the band’s own songs, and continue conquering the hearts of those who enjoy Corazon Latino.
Ho Chi Minh City-based Corazon Latino Band will be playing at the Mansion this Saturday, 10 May, from 830-late. No partying will be too much!
Back in March, British bartender Paul Mathew came to FCC and brought with him a historical journey through Cambodian culture by way of the craft cocktail. Through a pop-up bar at the Phnom Penh Mansion, Paul served drinks he uniquely fashioned after he browsed history books and interviewed residents about various liquor-infused moments throughout the Kingdom’s history.
FCC loved Paul’s concoctions so much that we decided to hold onto a few of his creations and add them to the permanent menu of the Mansion’s heritage bar. Now you can come experience a selection of Paul’s Legendary Cocktail Journey drinks seven nights a week.
The 1920s and 30s were part of the golden age of cocktails and bartending, and these are two classics that were widely drunk at the time (with a few modern twists).
The 1950s and 60s were certainly popular times for the classics. Meanwhile, Hemingway was sitting back in Havana, sipping on his Mojitos!
The 80s and 90s saw the cocktail gaining in popularity, with relatively simple classics fuelling the club and bar scene, as well as a few modern classics appearing. We’ve used some Cambodian ingredients to update them a little.
Cocktails are having another golden age. Bars are developing the new modern classics and being more creative than ever!
The Mansion was built between 1910 and 1920 by a rich Cambodian trader for his private house. Located at # 3 Sothearos Boulevard, this villa faces the Meru Square where the National Museum was constructed from the year 1917 onwards. An old map of Phnom Penh and photography both from 1925 attest the existence of this house at that time. Now you can visit this historic property, which serves as FCC’s latest exploration of colonial heritage within the Kingdom of Wonder. Visit seven nights a week for beverages and entertainment that will leave you captivated by the property’s remarkable history.
Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Corazon Latino Band is bringing the high-energy rush and romantic romp of Cuba to Phnom Penh’s Mansion on 10 May 2014. Since 2012, musical director Oscar Layva, one of the most recognized musical artists in Ho Chi Minh, has brought salsa, cha cha cha, bachata, and more to every venue the band plays. And now the Corazon (or “heart” in Spanish) of Latin music, in all its magnitude melody and strength, will be brought to the heart of the Kingdom of Wonder. Come early and stay late! No partying will be too much!
When it comes to social responsibility, FCC is always taking great strides to be socially conscious. At FCC, we are make it a point to be aware of how we can bring change to the world both on and off our properties. We are concerned about how we can affect communities and the lives of others in the world around us. Human Resource & Social Responsibility Executive SENG Makara oversees much of FCC’s community engagement projects and social responsibility programs.
In an effort to raise awareness and encourage an intelligent response to May 1st, the Cambodian Labor Day holiday, Makara will be visiting the Youth Employment Service (YES) Center in Siem Reap. As a guest speaker, Makara will give a special talk to local youth and job seekers in Siem Reap called “How to Access Labor (For Cambodian Youth).” Makara will focus not only on providing general information on labor and professional development in Cambodia, but will provide insight into FCC’s own commitment to youth employment and empowerment. During his talk, Makara will answer the following questions:
In addition to answering these questions, Makara will educate those in attendance on hospitality and tourism competencies.
The primary duties of YES include helping youth access labor market information, providing support services to enhance employability, and increase their opportunities to meet the world of work. The YES Center also provides recruitment skills training, including CV and cover letter writing, interview preparation, basic work place culture knowledge, and soft skills training.
If you are interested in learning more about FCC’s commitment to social responsibility and employee outreach services, or you would like to request FCC as a speaker at your event, please contact SENG Makara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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