April 13, 2024

A privately-led food festival offered free sampling of nutritious, innovative, and creative plant-based food products for three days at Malcolm Square, Baguio City.

The event called Salun-at Healthy Food Festival organized by the Blue Zones Wellness and Longevity Movement wooed residents and visitors alike to a healthier living advocacy through the food festival from Nov. 24 to 26.

The first day featured diabetes blood screening by the Adivay Lions Club followed by a healthy veggie-based lunch for elementary students from Baguio Central School co-sponsored by the Baguio Host Lions Club.

Salun-at organizer Danilo Quinto reminded the elementary students and their parents to eat more fruits and vegetables which will positively impact their mental abilities in school and in their lives.

A wellness seminar followed in the afternoon wherein Nursing and Hotel Tourism Management (HTM) students of the University of the Cordilleras were taught by the organizer some basic wellness principles on preventing all sorts of illnesses and even regaining back health just by eating specific fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds.

At least 25 booths were set-up at Malcolm Square that offered healthy juices from Health100, affordable meals by Cosmic Farm Kitchen, exotic healthy meals from Himalayan Nepal Cuisine, packed health products of Lifeline Greens and Vege Goodah.

Department of Trade and Industry’s sponsored entrepreneurs and innovative products from HTM students of UC were also featured during the event, particularly their powdered mushroom for cooking.

Benguet State University also showcased their bestselling non-preservative ube halaya.

Other booths featured local and lowland vegetables plus local and imported health promoting fruits.

Best-selling author Andrew James Ong from Singapore and local resident Sonny Bugnosen praised the constant advocacy of the organizers and the Healthy Food Exhibitors for the initiative to promote healthy food through plant-based diet.

Quinto assured the public that with the support of the city government of Baguio through the city council, through Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, the healthy food festival advocacy will be continued. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan