December 5, 2023
Weekly meetings of the BGHMC Advisory Board in preparation for the food festival: (left to right) Bel Pena, Dr.Celia Brilliantes, Virginia Valencia, Committee Chair Toni Hamada, Gloria Jasa, Magda Dawawong, Joey Rulla, PIA-CAR Director Helen Tibaldo, Nonnette Bennette, Atty. Zosimo Abratique, Lorna Bagani and Dr. Florence Reyes.

Join us! Its barely  a week to go before we have the Session Road gastronomical adventure! Tic-toc-tic-toc! Malapit na! Tikman lahat ang mga pagkain na inaasam-asam.

Experience global flavors (food and drinks) at the 2nd International Food Festival 2023 on Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Drink the best of Baguio and Cordillera coffee. Laze in the morning and afternoon sun while walking up and down Session Road. Meet friends and acquaintances! Have a chit-chat! Magbalitaan naman tayo. Tunghayan ang mga naggagandahang food trucks na tunay naman nakakabighani. Mga bagong konsepto ng pamilihan.

This amazing project of the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center Advisory Board is in collaboration with the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center, the City of Baguio, the Baguio Museum, the Baguio Midland Courier and SM City Baguio for the supplementary needs of indigent patients of the hospital. Generous benefactors have extended their helping hand through their substantial donations.

Thank you SM City Baguio, Hill Station, Chaya, Venus Parkview Hotel and Saint Louis Boys High School. Your donations will go a long way towards helping those in need.

The BGHMC Advisory Board team members in one of their meetings at the Baguio Museum in preparation for the 2nd International Food Festival on Oct. 22. From left to right: Joey Rulla, Nonnette Bennett, OIC/Atty. Joseph Rulla, Engr. Benito Tiong, Dr. Florence Reyes, Bel Pena, Magda Dawawong, Parveen Budhrani, Atty. Zosimo Abratique, Maria Ragma, Committee Chair Antoinette Hamada, Gloria Jasa, and Stella de Guia.

Hindi lang yan, mga mababait nating mga tagapagtinda ay walang atubiling sumali para makatulong sa mga nangangailangang pasyente! Ipinakikilala naming sila sa inyo inalphabetical order. Palakpakan natin sila: Alabanza’s Longganisa by Vonda Alabanza (Filipino food), Alexandria’s Food Shake by Helene Rose Zulueta (peeled fruits), Amare la Cucina by Edmark Bustos (Italian), Baby Rose Food House  by Amelita Mangaoang (Filipino kakanin), Balbacua, Bellychon & Breakfast by Grace Calleja (Filipino cuisine), Behang’s Empanada by Jocelyn Cocson Corpuz (empanada, bagnet), Bestfren Shawarma,  Bleu Carrot Food truck by Omeng Fallarme (Mexican), Chimichanga by Jaime’s Family care of Mary Cura (Mexican cuisine), Cho Katsu by Bryan Kim and Aimee Uy (Japanese cuisine), Chrismer’s Fast Food of La Azotea by Eden dela Cruz (Filipino cuisine), Craft Burgers, Cho Katsu by Bryan Kim and Aimee Uy (Japanese), Chrifer Cutit by Riza Balbas (Korean street food, ice cream and drinks), Eclissi Café by Shelina Dominguez (rice bowls, nachos and milk tea), Fiesta Chills by Aulivia Ong (milk tea and siopao), Green Smoothie by Donna Gunn (plant based smoothies), Happy Tummy by Ligaya Gomez (Thai Cuisine), Highland Smoke House by Arjyen Datuin (Texan and Mexican cuisine), Himalayan Nepalese Cuisine by Julian Shakya (Nepalese and Himalayan cuisine), Hodori Korean restaurant by Janine Ferrer (Korean cuisine), Joem’s Snack House by Selina Perez (Filipino kakanin), Juice N Bites by Anna Marie Tiong-Torres (snacks), Madonna Samson by Madona (ice cream hopia and mangga), Marissa Balajadia by Marissa (special dried fish), Mei Hwa Classic Deli by Christopher So (Chinese cuisine), Mokuha Café by Sherwin Faguingas (assorted coffee mixtures), Montereal by Giovanni Glenn (sushikami, maki express), Naychit Food Products by Kate Becnan (Filipino cuisine), Newtown-El Patron (Mexican), Newtown – Sushi Ko (Japanese) Korean- Sushi Ko, Orchard – King Chef by Hansel David Co (Chinese cuisine), Orchard- That Little Café by Hansel David Co (Western cuisine), Punchy Palate Gastropub by Amilof Samson (ice cream, poppers, hot headed squid), Road 1 Bistro by Sierra Parrocha (ice tea and more), Rosalinda Tagudar by Rosalinda (Filipino kakanin), sausages by Mylen Claveria (German and Hungarian sausages), Starway Hotel C and P Buduo Training Center by Joy Campos (milk teas and fruit teas, Starway Hotel Restaurant by Joy Campos ( Asian cuisine), Sugar Shack Food Trading by Althea Mae Pelien (assorted kimchi, mango and strawberry foodies), Tea Hive, The Manor at Camp John Hay by Wilma Baoa (hotdogs, fries, cotton candy), Three J and G by Violeta Kimmayong (Filipino cuisine) and Wittle Pastries/Snooze Coffee Concepts, by Chelsea Verzosa (salad, wraps, sandwiches and cookies) and Joy Labosnog Food Products by Joy Labosnog (bread, pastries coffee), Kokomo Chocolate Studio by Angeleah Montilde (chocolates) and Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna (Greek cuisine).

For the fruits and fresh vegetables booths: Digna Aquino and Laurenz Jardinico, William Paraan and Maria Ayagen, Charmaine Quirimit and Lolita Perias, Sharmaine Pagaduan and John Mark Nueva, Nilo Taopo Jr. and Diana dela Cruz, and Rodney Corpuz with  Moana Eckwey.

Here is an update of the guidelines for the participants: 1) Final meeting with concessionaires and participants will be on Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. sharp. Please be on time. Please ensure that you or a representative will be present. 2)  Drawing of lots for booth assignments will be also on Oct. 18.  If you are late or absent, you will be the last to pick your number or a tent will be assigned to you after everyone else has been assigned one. 3) There will be a competition of the “Best designed or decorated booth” in line with the theme. This will include the use of costumes or attires according to theme and food being sold. 4) The City Environment and Parks Management Office will set up tents at 6 a.m. Participants or concessionaires can set up at 7 a.m. Booths will open at 8 a.m. Engress at 7 p.m. Chairs or tables will not be allowed in front of booths. You may use the spaces provided at the sides.  5) Opening ceremony starts at 8 a.m. 6.) Each tent will provide their own extension cords, light bulbs and receptacles. For load computations, the number of extension cords and lights to be used will be counted  per booth. Please ensure that your extension wires are thick enough to accommodate the current to be supplied. Also provide the list of appliances that will be used. 7) Provide your own fire extinguishers. Fruits and vegetables sellers are exempted. 8) Cooking will be allowed using electricity, butane, LPG. No charcoal cooking. Please ensure that food handlers are trained how to operate cooking equipment for safety precautions. 9) Food handlers should use gloves, 10) We encourage the use of carton containers 11) Black garbage bags with tie are required which will be placed at specified locations on egress. The place will be specified by the City Tourism Office. 12) Provide covered water containers for water needs. Unloading used water on drainages are strictly prohibited. 13) Submit trade name for uniform tarpaulin signages. You may use your own logos for other signages inside or outside the booth. 14) The group chat is where you can input your other concerns. – Stella Maria L. de Guia