Via Mare

45 YEARS

45 YEARS

Of Splendid Cuisine and Fond Memories

The Legacy of Via Mare

How It All Started

How It All Started

On September 5, 1975, led by Glenda Rosales Barretto and a group of friends, they raised the curtains to the first Via Mare Restaurant. Located in Legaspi Makati, the foundation of our company was a Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant, hence “Via Mare”, which is latin for “Way of The Sea”.

VIA MARE CATERING

VIA MARE CATERING

A clamor for the refined service of Via Mare prompted the management to establish it’s Catering Division. Since then,

No other Filipino restaurant has been the top-of-mind when it comes to hosting dinners for dignitaries, heads of state, international celebrities, and international events.

From beauty queens during the 1995 Miss Universe pageant in Manila, the papal visit of then Pope John Paul II, the 1996 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, the gala of the Philippine-run of West End’s Miss Saigon, the 2007 ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the weddings of illustrious families, and other milestones in Philippine history, Via Mare was always the top choice.

In the photo (top to bottom) : (1) Glenda Barretto at a very young age, (2) Glenda Barretto’s recent photo (3) Book, “Via Mare: 40 Years of iconic event, through menus, recipes, and memories.”

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Over the years, we have been honored to cater some of the most high-profile visitors to visit the Philippines.​

STATE FUNCTIONS

STATE FUNCTIONS

We’ve been fortunate enough to be given the confidence by our clients to handle such delicate affairs. Among these are some of the following:

  • King Fahd
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda
  • King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain
  • Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore
  • President Gerald Ford
  • Then California Governor Ronald Reagan
  • President Bill Clinton
  • His Holiness Pope John Paul II
  • England’s Princess Margaret
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Bhutto
  • India’s Prime Minister Indira Ghandi
  • Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • US Secretary of State George P. Schultz
  • The Queen of Malaysia

INTERNATIONAL GATHERINGS

INTERNATIONAL GATHERINGS

We’ve also had pleasure to serve many notable local and international gatherings. Some of them are:

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • World Law Conference
  • ASEAN Ministerial Conference
  • 8th World Congress of Aneaesthesiologists
  • World Advertising Congress
  • Miss Universe 1994
  • APEC
  • Manila International Film Festival
  • Federation Dentaire Internationale

GALLERY

Gallery

Glenda Culinary Legend

By 1985, Via Mare eventually garnered the prestigious title of being the Exclusive Catering Concessionaires in the renowned Philippine International Convention Center.

With Ms. Barretto herself leading the Catering kitchen, Via Mare has been hailed by different international food societies, among them are…
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs Baillage de Manille
  • Food and Wine Society
  • American National Restaurant Association
  • Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines
  • Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation.​

CHANGE OVER THE YEARS

Changes Over The Years

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While Via Mare maintained to be the top catering choice among the prominent and elite, it grew to accommodate the demands of its wide clientele.

Café Via Mare

CAFÉ VIA MARE​

Café Via Mare was introduced to the market, dubbed to be a pioneer in introducing the first authentic Filipino café. The Via Mare Oyster Bar was also launched to cater to the more discriminating taste and specialized in serving the most succulent of oysters.

Via Mare Catering

Via Mare Catering

Via Mare Catering has served a significant portion of the upscale market for mobile catering services in the business, government and social sectors of Manila as well as other major cities of the country.

VIA MARE EXPRESS​

VIA MARE EXPRESS​

Moving forward into the next generation, Via Mare brings its rich culinary tradition into the Frozen Food Industry with Via Mare Express– our quality frozen foods that is our testament in our continued efforts to introducing the legacy of fine Filipino to the much newer and mobile generation of today.

NEWS

News