Rice Race 2007: Search for all-Pinoy rice beverage
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (28 September) -- The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will hold a contest in search of an all-Filipino rice beverage in November 2007 at the Central Experiment Station, Science City of Muņoz, Nueva Ecija.
The nationwide search for the best rice-based beverages is open to participants from women's groups, college and high school students, Hotel and Restaurant Management/Home Economics graduates and others.
The lack of an all-rice Filipino beverage has been noted amidst the proliferation of Filipino rice dishes and delicacies and the market for beverages.
Recipe entries should be original and 25% rice-based. Criteria for judging are the following: taste and appearance, 30%; product stability, 25%; originality, 25%; nutritional value, 10%; economy (cost and ease of preparation), 5%; and safety, 5%.
The contest's Visayas wide competition (Regions 6, 7 and 8) will be held at PhilRice Negros in Murcia, Negros Occidental.
Prizes await regional winners, who will then be qualified to join the national competition level. Selected runners-up may also move on to the national competition.
The PhilRice Negros Branch Station in Negros Occidental will receive entries together with recipes and photos from October 1 to 12, 2007.
For more information, interested participants can visit or contact the Provincial Agriculture Office or the Provincial Nursery in Piapi, Dumaguete City with telephone nos. 225-2855 or 422-3658 and look for Nitz Bangay.
In a related development, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has committed to promote and develop the planting of the lowly malunggay as a revenue-generating industry under its biotechnology program, considering its myriad health and medicinal benefits.
Malunggay, dubbed as the "miracle vegetable," is among the many indigenous plants in the country that has promising health benefits, which could be developed as an export crop and primary income source for farmers, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). (PIA) [top]