Agro‐in­dus­trial ex­hi­bi­tion and trade fair closes to­day in Iloilo City

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Hid­den Trea­sures, an on­go­ing agro-in­dus­trial ex­hi­bi­tion and trade fair, closes to­day at the Iloilo Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

The event also fea­tured the Tabu-an Ilonggo Her­itage Cook­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

“Hid­den Trea­sures is an event that helps in pre­serv­ing the na­tive Ilonggo her­itage and cui­sine,” ex­plained Depart­ment of Tourism-Re­gion VI (DOT-6) di­rec­tor, Atty. He­len J. Catal­bas. “This is also a way to show­case and share with oth­ers the Ilonggo cui­sine that has been passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

“The travel ex­pe­ri­ence of tourists in Western Visayas will be more mem­o­rable be­cause they will have deeper un­der­stand­ing of the cul­ture of the place through the na­tive food they eat,” she added.

Cook­ing demon­stra­tions were con­ducted by var­i­ous chefs in­clud­ing Boy Logro, Don Col­menares, Raphael An­gelo Cris­to­bal, and Jorn Erik Fon­seca.

In ad­di­tion, talks were also held dur­ing the event.

Food writer and his­to­rian Micky Fenix hosted a dis­cus­sion en­ti­tled, Do you know your Western Visayas Cook­ing?; Zar­raga In­te­grated Di­ver­si­fied Or­ganic Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Joby Aran­dela spoke on the topic “Rice… The Soul Food;” and award-win­ning au­thor and celebrity chef Myke Tatung Sarthou talked about sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences in Visayan cui­sine.

The event was or­ga­nized by DOT-6, the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture-6, and Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­uca on‐6.

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