Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Filipino, Spanish dishes highlight Madrid Fusion

THE Philippines and Spain share a deep and colorful history, and what better way to celebrate these two cultures than through their vibrant and intertwined culinary traditions.

This April, the world’s most anticipated epicurean event will celebrate the two countries ’300 years’ worth of shared connection through food in one global event where the world’s top chefs showcase culinary innovations and cutting-edge techniques, ingredients and recipes taking food and dining to the next level. If one wants to see the “future of food,” this is the place to be in.

SM plays host to this historic affair and welcomes Madrid Fusion as it comes to Asia for the first time and puts Manila at the heart of culinary interest worldwide.

Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 happening on April 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City highlights the Philippines as an haute cuisine destination in Asia.

A welcome night at the scenic SM By the Bay for the official delegates is sure to put everyone in a good mood during the first day of the congress on April 24 where this time, it’s all about the best of Philippine food, art, and culture.

“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” expressed Steven Tan, SM Supermalls senior vice-president. “We also want to bring the excitement of Madrid Fusion, particularly Spain’s strong influence in our food and culture, to our mall-goers by taking these culinary festivities to our malls.”

To help create national awareness for this cultural milestone, the official Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 TV commercial is being aired in all SM Cinemas nationwide.

Set to captivate Manila with their culinary virtuoso are Spain and Asia’s legendary chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramón Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, Paco Torreblanca, André Chiang, and Alvin Leung.

Presenting the Philippines’ own diverse and imaginative epicurean traditions are chefs Fernando Aracama, Margarita Forés, J Gamboa, José Luis “Chele" Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, Bruce Ricketts, Myrna Dizon, Claude Tayag, and Juan Carlos de Terry.

Taking centerstage at the congress will be this exciting encounter between Spain’s legendary Michelin-starred chefs and the Philippines’ very own culinary stars. A trade exhibition will focus on the finest Spanish and Filipino products from Spanish wines and cheeses, to the Philippines’ world-class exports such as rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, and liquors.

A feast of everything delectably Filipino-Spanish shall delight foodies at the Gourmet Weekend Market from April 24 to 26 at SM Mall of Asia. A premium selection of cheese, tapas, wine, ingredients, local finds and special bundles shall be made available in partnership with SM Markets (SM Supermarket and Hypermarket).

New food concepts that reflect culinary innovation and technique will be available only this April at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants where special dishes with Spanish influence or cooked with the finest local produce, ingredients and flavors are sure to bring out your inner foodie.

Savory goodness awaits mall-goers of SM Aura Premier which shall host its own Spanish-themed fiesta with music, dancing, food and drinks on April 26 at the Sky Park lawn.

Also from April 24 to 26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s flagship and first-in-the-country dining destinations and the newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Miss Teen Earth-Philippines finalists revealed

TWENTY young females from across the country will vie for the prestigious Miss Teen Earth-Philippines crown. The finalists were revealed during a press presentation at the Ace Hotel on Thursday.

Seventeen-year-old Trisha Apa-ap, Anna Alberto, Melody Infante, Julieane Fernandez, Joecel Robenta, Andrea Altamirano, Michaela Bernardo, Merl Gayo, and Erica Bayani will compete against 16-year-old Luzenne Jones, Madeleine Siewert, Bianca Willemsem, and Patricia Andulte, 15-year-old Andrea Rivera,  and 14-year-old Kirsten Delavin, Sarah Madrigal, Keanna Sanguyu, and Aloisa Jauid.

Carylle Mamon is the oldest finalist at 18 years of age, while Cindy Abella is the youngest at 13.

The beauty pageant aims to spread the news about environmental conservation among the youth.

As part of the advocacy, the candidates are tasked to return to their respective hometowns and implement the projects they proposed.

The coronation night will be set at a later date. It will be nationally televised on GMA.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Finanical freedom conference set for June 20

MOTIVATIONAL speaker and financial expert Chinkee Tan will share his knowledge on financial freedom in the KaChink Conference on June 20 at the Metro Tent.

In the said, Tan and other speakers will tackle how to properly budget your money and make the right investments.

Also, some of the very important details in Tan's best-selling books will be further discussed in the said conference.

After the conference, attendees are expected to get the knowledge needed to acquire the financial freedom that can make them "retire before the age of 50".

The ticket prices for the KaChink Conference are as follows: PHP1,800 for gold, PHP1,600 for silver, and PHP1,400 for bronze.

However, you can avail of the early bird promo, where PHP1,000 will be slashed off the regular price.

To avail of the discounted admission fees, just fill out the form below and check the KaChink box.
[Editor's Note: The writer is an accredited online lead generator for Chinkee Tan’s Book and Training Programs]

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