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Bayawan's delectable local cuisine wins in food festival

by Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (21 October) -- The ginataang guya mais na may hipon of Bayawan City was proclaimed first prize winner of the 20 menus competing in the 4th grand cook fest "Buglasan Lutong Garbo" last October 17, 2009 at the Provincial Agriculture Social Hall.

Whereas, Valencia's buntog adubaho with dabong salad got the second place and native chicken breast n coco cream of Mabinay also declared as third prize winner.

The first placer cook, Irish Jabonita received P10,000 in cash from Governor Emilio Macias and Board Member Mariant Villegas, as well as Paulino Jaugan accepted the P7,000 and 3rd placer Jose Benedicto P5,000 plus gift pack and a trophy. For non-winners, consolation prize of P1,000 cash, gift pack plus certificates is awarded by the Lutong Garbo Competition committee.

This food festival also promotes Negros Oriental's native cuisine in celebration with the Buglasan Festival which showcases what the province has to offer to tourists.

With different local culinary talents from 20 local government units (LGUs), Vice-Chair of the Provincial Tourism Council Sylvia Uy said the contest was a successful one so that the winner chefs can start now their own food business.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Patria Aurora Roa of Cebu together with other invited tourism officials was treated to a wide array and unique dishes, including chicken n shrimp con suma of Amlan; squid surprise of Ayungon; kiampao in Bacong express; sizzling assorted seafoods in hot curry sauce of Bais City; chicken squid curry, Basay; kangkong balls with moringga and kuhol, Canlaon City; paella de Dumaguete; Dauin's dabong guisado with shrimps and vegetables; tadutu from Jimalalud; bilaug litub kare-kare of Manjuyod; embutidong tiktik, San Jose; savory stuffed crab, Sibulan; isda pinaisan, Siaton; relleno con tuba of Vallehermoso; and eggplant roll of Zamboanguita.

The Lutong Garbo winners were proclaimed by the Board of Judges composed of the following culinary experts in their own field: Jessie Cecilia Apiag-Leyva, a masteral graduate in Professional Studies Major in Food and Nutrition of the University of the Philippines as chairperson of the board; Fely Callao, a civil engineer graduate but currently managing an Arts and Crafts business in Dumaguete City; and Pepita Villacora of the Department of Education. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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