May 24, 2024

The celebration of the “1st International Food Festival 2019” on Oct. 27 at Malcolm Square featuring international and local cuisine was a resounding success.
Our gratitude to our international and local cuisine participants, donors, and supporters, the City of Baguio through the City Environment and Parks Management Office, General Services Office, City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Tourism Office, Malcolm Square Barangay, our local artists and students of architecture of Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and University of the Cordilleras for the banner contest and face painting, Davies Paints, the United Architects of the Philippines Summer Capital, the staff of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) and the indefatigable officers and members of the BGH Advisory Board and members of the media. Special thanks to Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and Congressman’s First Lady Sol Go, who took the time to visit the event. Muchas gracias!
Indeed there was a smorgasbord of international and local cuisine. Enlivened by international music, face painting, artistic banners, and participants in their traditional attires, the event sponsored by the BGH Advisory Board and BGHMC in partnership with the city government of Baguio was for the benefit of indigent patient’s coming from Baguio, Cordillera and regions 1 and 2.
This is to support some of their after-treatment medicines. The BGH Advisory Board headed by Ram Sharma was ably assisted by the officers and members of the board and plenty of kind hearted souls and volunteers with the same goal in mind – to raise funds for the medicinal needs of indigent patients and make the event festive. It was a one of a kind event made successful because of the community’s wholehearted support. I should say, this was coming from the heart. Congratulations to all.
We laud and give a big hand to the following participating establishments and schools namely: Happy Tummy (Thai food) of Ligaya Gomez, Ate Rosie’s Native Delicacies of Rosie Tagudar, Baby Rose Food of Amelita Mangaoang, UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Mexican) under Dean Jenelyn Magpatoc, Half and Half Nepalese Kitchen (Nepalese cuisine) of Julian Shakya, AZCKO Barangay Women’s of Patricia Garbin and company, SLU Hospitality and Tourism Management (Japanese cuisine) under Department Head Eliza Joyce Palaroan and Dean George Ramos, Mahi Food House (Indian cuisine) of Parveen Kumar and Cita Rani Chambal, K-Flavors & Buffet (Korean cuisine) of Joseph Kim, UC College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Korean cuisine) under Dean Laarni Andam, Alabanza’s Longganiza by Vonda Alabanza and Behang Empanada of Batac.
The BGH Advisory Board would also like to thank the following donors and supporters: Rep. Mark Go and wife Sol, Mayor Benjie Magalong and wife Arlene, Joaquin and Emily Bogayong of La Azotea, the UB for their corporate giveaways. SmartTelecom under Mia Lao and Myra for their tents and giveaways, Ellen Lao, the Baguio Water District headed by Engr. Salvador Royeca, C and Triple A owners Alex and Corazon Aquino, UC Alumni Association, Gerardo Verzosa of the Benguet Electric Cooperative, Good Taste Restaurant, Atty. Erdolfo Balajadia and his wife of Kalapaw Restaurant, Park and Garden Bistro, Baguio Midland Courier, anonymous donors, Engr. Jun Benavidez of Davies paints for the paint donations to the banners, United Architects of the Philippines Summer Capital c/o Ar. Mike Astudillo, the Baguio Association of Restaurants (Michael del Rosario, Art and Lourdes Nang, Des and Auring Bautista, Oscar and Tootie Pacis, members of the media, Alah Sungduan, JJ Landingin and Dr. Brenda Villanueva, the members of the BGH Advisory Board for the raffle prizes, the Baguio Museum for the use of the tents, the tables and the “photo me” booth, the GSO for the sound systems and chairs, Cepmo for the garbage collection, City engineering for the electricity and lastly Mayor Magalong who waived all the fees for the use of Malcolm Square.
Special thanks to the artists and architecture students who contributed their time to the face painting activities: Hermie Bruno and Joseph Domirez. Also to the participants of the banner contest: Princes Jecyvhel De Leon, Darryl James Bueno, Darwin Aliga (1st place); Engel Jhaznyn Loresco, Jenny de Vera, Roldan Galera, Don Estareja, Jose Andres Perez, and James Postanes (2nd place); Jhudiel Daluyen, Rainier Villafuerte, April Ross Do Exala, and Joko Gregorio (3rd place); and Joel Malecdan for the food fest banner who led the face painters.
Lastly, congratulations to the BGH Advisory Board and BGH Medical Center Team led by Chair Sharma, Vice Chair Joseph Rulla, Toni Hamada, PIA Director Helen Tibaldo, Treasurer Kristine Bautista-Sameon, Nonnette Bennett, Virginia Valencia, Gloria Jasa, Chandru and Parveen Budhrani, Leonarda Aguinalde, Florence Reyes, Rose Carbonell, Magda Dawawong, and Belita Fe Pena. Special thanks to Gemma Estolas and Romy Macanas of the Baguio Museum.
Hope you all had a spiritual and nice visit to your departed love ones.
Welcome November! More exciting things are in store for Baguio people.