Highlights of the 6th Las Piñas Food Food Festival

Re-elected Senator Cynthia Villar, Congresswoman elect Camille Villar, Las Piñas city councilor, barangay chairmans, partner organizations and thousand of people from all walks of life participated at the 6th Las Piñas Food Festival held on May 24, 2019 at the Villar Sipag hall in Barangay Pulang Lupa Uno to join the festivities.

Senator Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance ( Villar Sipag ), Welcomed visitors and participants to the yearly event which showcase the city’s culinary heritage and Las Piñeros’ world-class cooking skills.”

The Cooking festival was held in the city’s 20 barangays. Each team presented 1 viand ( ulam) and 1 dessert ( pang himagas) expressing the theme ” Cook Healthy , Eat Happy.”

Highlights

Winners of the competition got Php 20,000 as grand prize; Php 15,000 as first prize and Php 10,000 as second prize.

A contest for urban gardening was also held with three categories- Barangay Homeowners Association, Public Elementary Schools -one winner per category which got Php 50,000 per team.

urban gardening vegetable products

Magic 5 Soy Sauce, Vinegar

There were also about 30 stalls which sell different home made products, canned foods, kakanins, delicacies, process foods, vegetables, fruits and potted plants.

These represents the backyard growers, micro, small , medium and large scale enterprises.

Among this year’s partner enterprises includes San Miguel Beer, Giligan Ilsand, Mama Sita’s, Masflex, Dowell Cook Ware, Kitchen Pro, Lucky 3R Trading,PCAP, CIK among others.

( l-r Chef Neth Madrona, Mr. Noel Paguia, Chef Lea Besana) judges for this year’s cook -off challenge

Big Winners

Urban Gardening Winners Inter Barangay – BF International CAA (Php 50,000) Special Award got (Php 20,000) Brgy. Talon 4 Inter Homeowners Association – Castellan Classic Talon 2 (Php 50,000) Inter School Champion – Las Pinas East National High School (Php 50,000) Inter Brgy. Cooking Competition Winners 2nd Place (Php10,000) Brgy Daniel Fajardo 1st Place (Php 15,000) Talon 4 Champion (Php20,000) Brgy. Pamplona Uno.

50th Years of Diplomatic ties of Philippines and Singapore on stamps

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Republic of Singapore issued a joint Commemorative Stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both countries friendship and close bilateral ties.

 To symbolize the two nation’s diplomatic relations, the stamps will feature the popular butterflies’ Cethosia luzonica or the “Luzon lacewing butterfly” which represents the Philippines, and Pachllopta aristolochiae or the “common rose butterfly” to embody Singapore.

Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

The relationships between the two countries for the past five (5) decades remain vibrant, and have grown stronger through the years.

The diplomatic relations were formally established between the Philippines and Singapore on May 16, 1969. The two countries were present during the establishment of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) making them both founding members.

Mr. Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, Philippine Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap, PHLPost Chairman of the Board of Directors Norman Fulgencio, Singapore Post Senior Vice President Marjorie Ooi, IMDA Deputy Director Ruth Wong, and PHLPost Business Lines Department Manager, Maximo Sta. Maria has jointly launched the commemorative stamps of both countries.

PHLPost Chairman Norman Fulgencio and Business Lines Department Manager, Maximo Sta. Maria visited the Lion City to formally presented the Souvenir Frame of the joint commemorative stamps.

PHLPost has printed 5,000 copies of the special commemorative stamps designed by PHLPost In-house graphic artist Rodine C. Teodoro, sold for P114.00 each.

Limited copies of Souvenir sheets and official first day covers of Philippines-Singapore 50 years of Diplomatic relationship are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office.

Samu’t Saring Tikim Fair 2019 at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Biodiversity Bureau celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2019 .

The event started with a welcome remark from Ms. Armida P. Andres (OIC Assistant Director -Biodiversity Management Bureau) past 8:30 am.

There were book launching of “Public Parks and Open Green Spaces ” by Ms. Rosalyn Veneracion – treasurer : Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction (ASSURE). and ” Native Plants of Boracay Wetlands” with Atty. Allan Barcenna ( Head -Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy Development Corporation)

Inspiration message was  given by ASec Mr. Ricardo L. Calderon (OIC-Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Concurrent Director , BMB.

There were also lectures by Dr. Leila S. Africa – Diet Diversification, Traditional and Sustaninable Filipino Diet/s . She is the director -Institute of Human Nutrition Health practices.

Traditional and Modern Medicine: Recognition and Practice of Indigenous and Traditional Health Practices by Dr. Francis Vicente Ras.

By past 10:30 there was a cooking demonstration by Lusog Tikim by Mr. Angelo S. Viray ( Wise Meals -entrepreneur) , Bulilit Tikim by Ms. Diffeny Vernie Chua ( Healthy Baby Food Ideas PH) and Balik Tikim by Ms. Roxinne Stephani T. Rey, Jr. ( CSR Officer , Teletech )

Some of the dishes included insects which generated a lot of interests among the visitors ,guests and denr staffs.

After the hearty morning meal and lunch, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc. by Ms. Carmen Felicisima Odulio and volunteers by the organization led a native / edible tree walk within the park.

The tree walk started around past 1:00 pm and ended past 2:30 pm with over 25 participants from nearby barangays in Quezon City, Tandang Sora and University of the Philippines.

Cactus and Succulent Convention 2019 Winners

Dish Garden Contest Winner
Entitled: BAHURA (coral reefs)


A call for preservation of our rich marine biodiversity using different cactus and succulents that closely depicts corals and marine inhabitants.
By: Pascal Kiko Adarayan Villalba II


At the cactus convention held from May 17 , 18 and 19 , 2019 this collection of cacti caught the attention of the judges.

7 Fun Activities at La Loma Lechon Festival

La Loma district is known for her cockpit, rows of restaurants, pares house, mid-century houses , Our Lady of Lourdes shrine, schools and lechon parade.

Aling Nelia lechon

The festival started with on- the spot cooking challenge using parts of lechon ( roasted pig) as the main ingredient.

Quezon City tourism officers and judges

trophies were given to the cooking challenge winners

roasted pig

La Loma Lechon Capital arch

free sample energy drinks

7 Fun Activities at La Loma Lechon Festival

tarpaulin poster

7.) Street Boodle Flights ( Salu-salo sa Kalye) – tickets are given to the participants who wish to participate at the street boodle fights. Some residents would allow visitors to eat with them.

buffet lunch meal

street children , residents of La Loma and North Cemetery were given some stubs.

residents cooked viands and meals in front of their houses

Monchie’s Lechon

6.) FREE Buffet meal – Some of the establishments would allot between 50 to 120 tickets to the residents of La Laloma, nearby North Cemetery and visitors were invited to partake at their lunch or afternoon buffet.  It is a form of “Thanksgiving” and celebration of the feast of our lady of salvacion.

Mr. Ramon Ferreros standing in front of his lechon stall

Mr. Ramon Ferreros of Monchie’s Lechon and ( Laloma Lechoneros Association -president) His staff gave away 100 food stubs during the event. Most of the stubs were given to the residents of La Loma, Santa Cruz , North Cemetery and participants of the festival.

Mila’s Lechon

JCI-Quezon City chapter

5.) Performance of Quezon City Symphonic band – One can watch the live performances of the famed symphonic band.

Quezon City symphony band

street dancers

street dancers in colorful costumes

large costumes

band from Angono, Rizal province

4.) Street Dancers from different schools within Quezon City – Lively street dancers with interesting costumes and lively music.

Aling Nelia and Mang Tony’s Lechon Hauz

Ping Ping lechon

Monchie’s Lechon

lechon dress as a fireman

3.) Lechon Parade– several floats bedeck trucks and firetruck with lechon dress in native Filipino costumes.

2.) Religious Procession – Several processional carriages with religious icons and Nuestra Señora de Salvacion are paraded on the streets within Laloma.

1.) Firework Display– A fiesta is incomplete without its lively fireworks display.

Mr. Ramon Ferroros ( president of La Loma Lechoneros Association )

Note: The author would like to ” Thank” Mr. Ramon Ferreros of Monchie’s Lechon for the warm accommodation and sumptuous lunch buffet.

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