Jolly-University Ultimate Cook-Off Challenge at Far Eastern University

Alfredo Reyes Hall- Building , Far Eastern University campus , Nicanor Reyes Street , Quiapo, Manila -Philippines


Fly Ace Corporation had been in the local market for more than 20 years in selling fast moving consumer goods brands.  The objectives of the company is to Learn , Create and Share.

different varieties of canned products

The company had a campus challenge cook -off in 10  Colleges and Universities around the University -Belt area ( U-BELT is the local term for an area where there is high density of colleges, universities  and technical schools  hence acquiring the name ) . They are planning to tour 2 more campuses before the end of the school calendar.

students and mentors are busy preparing for the dishes

It gives it greater impact by highlighting all of Fly Ace culinary offerings in a major promotion. Jolly Mushroom, Jolly Claro Palm Oil, Jolly Canola Oil are some of the top quality Jolly brand food products.

Masflex Pro

 Masflex Kitchen Pro Culinary Knife Collection is a collaboration between the Brand Managers of Masflex and a renowned Filipino culinary icon, Chef Gene Gonzalez.

Chef DJ Santos

The final brand name is a merging of 2 brand names, Masflex, and Kitchen Pro, which is a brand owned by Chef Gene.


Fly Ace is also the company behind the brand names – Goodlife, Dona Elena, Jolly Fresh, Jolly Cow, Jolly Spreads, Welchs, Franzia and Concha Y Toro wine brands.

L-R Professor Richard Tabuena , Professor Harold Bueno , Professor Crisel P. Pajuyo

Panel of judges composed of professors from Far Eastern University ( Institute  of Tourism and Hotel Management.

As of 2014, FEU diversified its facilities and its quality of education by having 8 institutes namely: IABF, IAS, IARFA, IE, IN, IL, and ITHM.
Tourism and Hospitality Management was formerly under the Institute of Accounts, business and Finance with the programs of BS Commerce major in Tourism, but in the year 2010, Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management was established due to the number of students enrolling to the said program.  BS Hotel and Restaurant Management and BS Tourism management was finally given its own distinction under its own institute that teaches Hospitality Management.
Far Eastern University, with its aim to give its students the best quality of education,a building  for the ITHM students was built in the year 2009, to provide the facilities where the students can have their proper practice for their program.  The building for ITHM students is called the Alfredo Reyes Hall, named after Alfredo Reyes, who was the former University Vice President.
The ARH boasts its Hospitality Management facilities like mock hotel, mock bar room, mock dining room, kitchens, and hotel lobby to supply the students’ needs in practicing their program before going outside the university to serve the corporate world.

Far Eastern University :

Team Macoy- the group was named after  their favorite professor

Due to demand for Filipino culinary specialist for both local and international restaurants and hotel chains. The enrollment is increasing every year.

There were 5 teams composed of 3 members The amateur competition had three delectable categories – appetizer, main dish and dessert. Competitors started cooking at 10:00 AM.

  Fly Ace Corporation Product Manager Marilou Acuña said that the company is very honored to be the sponsor for the Jolly University Cook-Off event. Jolly- University is taking the culinary branding to the next level.

Criteria for Judging

Creativity of Using Jolly Products -30%

Flavor and Taste -30%

Originality -10%

Presentation -10%

Overall Presentation- 20%

While we are waiting for the final outcome of the Campus Cook-OFF challenge , we were treated for some sample dishes made by Chef DJ Santos ( resident chef of Fly Ace Corporation)

Heavenly Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff
Cooked with Jolly Button Mushroom and Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup sprinkled with chopped parsley

Young Corn & Mushroom Salpicao-  sauteed with oyster sauce , Jolly Young Corn and Jolly Button Mushroom, sprinkled with chopped parsley

Fruity  Blini- Prepared by using Jolly Fruit Cocktail , caramelized sugar, Jolly Cow Condensada and topped with grated cheese

short intermission song number rendered by the students of the institute

Winners of the Far Eastern University Cook-Off challenge:

3rd place
Ms. Flordeliza Bona, Ms.Narianne Santos and Ms .Ken Villaruel
2nd place
Mr. Aljeric Cordeta, Mr.Nacis Recopuerto Jr. and Mr.Manuel Rivera

Winning Dish (Appetizer:  Broccoli Beef Cups ,  Main Course: Mushroom Fall in Chicken ,Dessert: Fruity Panna Cota )

L-R Mr. John Lawrence Serrano , Ms. Marnie Kristen Balagat , Ms. Jan Ivy Garrovillas

Certificate of participation was awarded by Fly Ace Corporation

Group # 5 Won the First Place in the impromptu cooking challenge

They won a cash prize plus a Jolly gift pack, and a Masflex cookware for each team member. The finalist qualifies for the competition slated on March 8, 2014 to be held at Robinson’s – OTIS ( Maria Paz Mendoza Guanzon ) Paco

Robinson Mall :


7th Floor, Fly Ace Corporate Center,
13 Coral Way, Central Business Park, Pasay City
Tel. No.: (632) 807-9999
Fax No.: (632) 807-9999 local 737 & 842


Note: The author would like to ” Thank” Professor Richard D. Tabuena, MBA and Ms. Paulene M. Vitug for the accommodation and some write-ups


Tourism Malaysia : “Tara na sa Malaysia 2014” great tourst destination and holiday packages

SMX Convention Center , Pasay City , Metro Manila -Philippines

Ms. Barbie Almalbis

Tara na sa Malaysia!…and enjoy  literally means ” Come to Malaysia” a great tourism slogan  which is intended to lure more Filipinos to this beautiful country just located a few kilometers from our shores.
Malaysia is known for its multi-racial community which includes ethnic Malays, Chinese, Peranakans ( straits born Chinese or Chinese with mixed racial background ) Indians, Westerners , Indonesians and other ethic groups .

different ethnic groups in Malaysia showcasing their  regional costumes

Tourist destination areas are from  the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur with its iconic high-rise Petronas Twin Towers, the broad spectrum of fascinating attractions like the Batu Caves of Selangor, the striking architectural wonders of Putrajaya like the Putra Mosque, and the magnificent natural attractions of Pahang like the verdant 130 million year old Taman Negara rainforest, UNESCO  Natural Heritage  like Mount Kinabalu and Gunung Mulu National Park  , Heritage Cities like Melaka ( Malacca) and George Town among others.

probosis monkey

The wonders never cease as I am sure you’ll be extremely thrilled of the paradise-like beaches with aquamarine waters and powdery white sands of Terengganu, the dramatic mix of mountains and undisturbed jungles like Mount Gunung Stong and Kuala Koh National Park at Kelantan, the preserved Minangkabau culture of Negeri Sembilan, the old world charm of Porta De Santiago and Stadthuys at Melaka, and the over 100 varieties of tropical fruits and plant species at Desaru Fruit Farm of Johor.

primates of Malaysia stamps issued on December 16, 2003

I am also an avid stamp collector and one of my collection are topical stamp issues from Malaysia


L-R Ms. Trecey Tojuka ( Deputy Director -Tourism Malaysia – Manila), Mr. Har Man Ahmad ( Trade Counselor , MATRADE , Manila ), His Excellency Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kaasim( Malaysian ambassador to the Philippines ) Mr. Mohd Akbal Setia ( acting director Tourism Malaysia- Manila) and Ms. Flora Loh ( Malaysia airlines)

There was a short and warm “welcome ” led by  His Excellency Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kaasim ( ambassador of Malaysia  to the Philippines ). Well known celebrity Ms. Barbie Almalis performed together with her band, much to the delight of the crowd that were present during the expo.

His Excellency Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kaasim

“There are numerous reasons tourists will find Malaysia an irresistible must-visit holiday destination. Whether it’s rich and colorful multi-cultural heritage, exciting shopping malls, theme parks, fabulous food, great mountains and rivers, lush green parks and gardens, idyllic tropical islands, palm-fringed beaches or million-year-old rainforests – you can find all these attractions here in Malaysia.”

promotional items like rulers, notebooks, postcards, ballpens

There were a lot of FREEBIES given to the visitors of the booth . One of the most interesting items are the postcards which showed different beautiful Malaysian tourist destination spots.

L-R Miss Joyce Pring ( program host) , Ms. Flora Loh ( Malaysia airline area manager for the Philippines) and Mr. Albert Legaspi (Managing Director of Village People)

L-R Mr. Mohd Akbal Setia and  Mr. Adrian Benipayo


As part of the massive tourism campaign , 3 round trip tickets were raffled-off to the participants of the expo. I was very lucky to be called the last winner ! The ambassador told me that he was my lucky charm. !

cultural presentation

Kuala Lumpur skyline at night ( photo : courtesy of Tourism Malaysia )

Malacca- Heritage City ( Photo: Courtesy of Tourism Malaysia)

Purtajaya Mosque ( Photo: Courtesy of Tourism Malaysia)

Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Zest flies direct from Manila – Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu. For flight schedules, please refer to the links below:,,, and

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Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Zest flies direct from Manila – Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.

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Exciting and Colorful Naga X- Press Launching

Barbaras Restaurant ,General Luna street -Intramuros , Manila -Philippines

L-R Mr. Alec A. Santos ( Naga City Tourism Officer ) , Hon. John G. Bongat (Naga City Mayor) and Ms. Genevieve Asselin ( Canada International Development Agency 

The Colors of Naga Excursions
Naga X is colorful, vibrant and nurturing

Colorful. Naga is the center of the biggest festivity in the region, the Peñafrancia Festival. The colors of Bicolano life – spicy, expressive, diverse- are all here.
Vibrant. Its nightlife throbs with music and good, clean fun. Progressive, Naga City is one of the fastest growing in the country. Its people are active, friendly and lively.

Malabsay falls

Nurturing. It enjoys a nearness to nature, and has an environment that is relatively free from the ills of pollution and crowdedness. It nurtures talent, nourishes innovation, and encourages participation and creativity.
Accessible. Naga X destinations are easily accessible, and because of their strategic locations, more choices are available for vacations that are beyond the usual. Suits a wide range of needs.

During the launch of the Naga Excursions (Naga X) packages, Naga Mayor John Bongat said bulk of the P1 billion or P400 million to P600 million would go to the Naga River Rehabilitation Project.

Naga X, a tourism brand, targets group travel and positions Metro Naga as an excursion away from destinations in the region, as well as presenting Metro Naga as a premiere tourism destination.

Naga X packages will appeal to all visitors, including domestic tourists, balikbayans and foreigners:

Groups of friends, families and relatives looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend their vacations together, experiencing the best of what nature and culture have to offer.

Penafrancia festival

Marian devotees who seek to strengthen or revisit the roots of their faith, experiencing the divine in a distinctively Bicolano way. Naga, as a tourism service center, has also been given special status after being declared ‘Pilgrim City” under Presidential Executive Order 33, issued in September 2010.
Professional, civic and religious organizations who wish to hold their gatherings in a setting that is peaceful and secure, meet their requirements for the smooth handling of conferences, conventions, meetings and events, and at the same time affords them easy access to popular recreation sites and accommodation establishments.

Naga City board members and councilors

Portion of the P1 billion estimated budget, Bongat said, would go to other projects such as repair and construction of roads, bridges, promenades and walkways.  There are also plans of building a Secretary Robredo museum and a convention center.

“Metro Naga is now gearing up and positioning itself as the tourism hub for Region V,” said Bongat, who is also the chairman of Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC).

MNDC is an alliance of 16 local government units in the Province of Camarines Sur that seeks to bring about accelerated, equitable and sustainable growth and development by maximizing the resources of its members, following an integrated development framework. :

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Manila Aqua Marine and Aquatic Resources Expo 2009

Entrance arch to MAMARE’09 at World Trade Center

The Manila Aqua Marine & Aquatic Resources Exposition (MAMARE’09), in corporation with Agri–Aqua Network International (AANI) Inc., Ating Alamin by Gerry Geronimo and supported by Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR),  Department of Education Culture and Sports ( DEPED), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy , Department of Transportation and Communication , office of the Vice-President , Enchanted Kingdom , CHED .

Philippine Coast Guard exhibit booth

Lotty Events Management was  pleased to to organized  the FIRST Philippine Marine and Aquatic Benefit Trade show called “Manila Aqua Marine and Aquatic Resources Exposition (MAMARE ‘09) last  August 20-23, 2009 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City with the theme “Sustaining the Philippines as the Crown Jewel of Marine Biodiversity in the Entire Planet.”

The benefit trade show is the most significant gathering of marine & aquatic environmentalists, celebrities and artists, GOs & NGOs for marine preservation and conservation, water sports enthusiasts, manufacturers and business practitioners from the Philippines and overseas.

The country’s long coastline and millions of people which depend on marine resources for their livelihood . It is very important to save and preserve whatever the government and private sector resources in these vanishing natural heritage.

It is a strategic extension of the industry’s definitive platform for the latest in the marine and aquatic sector. An industry first – MAMARE 2009  showcased  innovations and latest technologies in the maritime industry (commercial marine and government agencies), sports & recreation, hobbies, fashion, food, art, schools, tourism, shipping etc. Business opportunities lectures in aquaculture and mariculture, seminars on marine lifestyles best practices was  conducted by experts.

Vice-president Noli De Castro received a framed Philippine marine life on stamps

Last August 20 , Vice president Noli ” Kabayan” De Castro , together with Ms. Christy Ramos- Jalasco , Mr. Kim Atienza opened the event.  As part of the opening day activities selected government  organizations  and NGO partners were solicited message of support by the event organizers.

Mr. Kim Atienza popular television host ( Matanglawin) of ABS-CBN channel 2 with the event organizers and Philippine Coast Guard officers.

Marine & Aquatic Advocacy Contests and Aqua Art Demo was  open for students. Entertainment, fashion and ramp modeling shows will also be highlighted during the exposition. The Bantay Dagat Program of ABS-CBN Foundation was one of the beneficiaries  of MAMARE’09. Proceeds from the event will be directed to the nationwide programs of marine preservation and conservation of Bantay Dagat and the community of Pola in Mindoro.

At the end of MAMARE’09  on August 23 – former president Fidel V. Ramos went to the expo site at around 4p.m.  He  congratulated everyone who had participated in the event. His brief but meaningful speech delighted everyone in the jam-packed activity area.

former President Fidel V. Ramos received a framed stamps from the organizers

He was later presented a framed stamps which featured Philippine marine biodiversity and a portrait by the event organizers and manager . According to the former president , He collected stamps and treasured the framed stamps given to him as a token of gratitude.

At the end of the event, the organizers congratulated everyone who participated the expo and promised to invite  for next year’s MAMARE 2010

Event: The Manila Aqua Marine & Aquatic Resources Exposition (MAMARE ‘09)

Event Manager: Lotty Events Management at (632) 391-3461, 391-3474, fax (632) 311-1488

When: August 20- 23, 2009

Where: World Trade Center, 2/F WTCMM Building, Gil Puyat Ave. Ext. cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City.

Tel: (02) 551-5151, 391-3461/3474

Jon Pettyjohn Pottery

Jon Petty john Pottery

This pottery factory is unique in Laguna,  Southern Luzon.  It’s creative designs and award winning potteries earned its distinction worldwide as being innovative and modern design . Jon Petty lives and works together with his wife (artist potter Tessy ).

He has spent many years in the Philippines experimenting with, learning about and sometimes teaching pottery.

short demonstration of pottery making

According to Mr. Petty , they have been working for over 35 years, concentrating on the traditional Asian techniques of high fire stoneware and porcelain, with the use of many Philippine indigenous raw materials, such as volcanic ash and local clays.

Jon is of Filipino -American descent. He has learned his craft in Barcelona, Spain, where he started out as an apprentice at a small studio. His work is almost “one of a kind” or extremely limited editions. Jon makes traditional functional pottery.

Mr. Petty john has had numerous one man shows and participated in trade fairs  like Manila International F.A.M.E , as well taking part in exhibits and workshops in Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan  and the United States. He is also the President and founding member of The Putik Association of Philippine Potters.

Each vase sold on is individually handmade and signed by Mr. Pettyjohn.

home gallery with hand-made vases

His two story house had an interesting gallery where his unique works of arts are displayed and sold.  Some of the items are his personal collection . Wide verandas and window characterized his home which is adapted to the tropical weather. High ceilings allows air circulation to come inside his home.

Some of the materials used in his pottery are imported from other countries. He explained that there are different types of clays found in the country. Some are ideal for ceramics  while some are used for their natural colors.

He gladly shown the tour group his own version of a kiln and a large dragon kiln which is used for firing his clay.

workshop with kiln for firing clay

A short demonstration followed and he accommodated the tour group.

Petty johns expressed that they are not able to receive walk-in visitors at their home . Appointments must be made prior hand  , However in the case of our group , a special arrangement was made !  Thus, navigational data is not provided for this way-point. He is very wary of designers who copy his designs and then mass produced them at a lower price . Most of his unique one of a kind potteries and other wares are available at Level 3 , Glorietta IV , Makati City.

Their workshop had in interesting garden with a lot of native orchids, begonias, ferns , ginger plants and large trees.

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