BA­COLOD'S 1st Rum Fes­ti­val kicks off

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Ba­colod City’s first ever Rum Fes­ti­val kicked off at the Ba­colod City Govern­ment Cen­ter grounds Satur­day, Au­gust 17.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, in his speech, said Ba­colod is a “nat­u­ral habi­tat of fes­ti­vals” – the rea­son why the Rum Fes­ti­val must be right­fully cel­e­brated in the city.

Present dur­ing the open­ing was for­mer coun­cilor Em Ang, who au­thored the or­di­nance declar­ing the third week of Au­gust as Rum Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion.

City Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Orola, mean­while, led the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The cel­e­bra­tion – which will run un­til Au­gust 24 – was staged by the city govern­ment in part­ner­ship with Tan­d­uay Dis­tillers, Inc.

Rum is a dis­tilled al­co­holic drink made from sugarcane by-prod­ucts, such as mo­lasses, or di­rectly from sugarcane juice. It is made through fer­men­ta­tion and dis­til­la­tion. Its dis­til­late, a clear liq­uid, is usu­ally aged in oak bar­rels.

The Rum Fes­ti­val aims to high­light the lo­cal cui­sine that goes great with rum as well as to honor the sugar in­dus­try and fur­ther pro­mote Ba­colod’s tourism.

“It is just fit­ting that the Ba­colod City Govern­ment in­sti­tute a fes­ti­val to com­mem­o­rate the con­tri­bu­tion of rum in the sugar in­dus­try es­pe­cially to the peo­ple of the city,” Ang told re­porters in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

Com­pe­ti­tions were held dur­ing the open­ing day.

The win­ners for each cat­e­gory were:

Culi­naria Com­pe­ti­tion (ap­pe­tizer and main dish cat­e­gory):

1st – Dan Altare­jos and Chris­tian dela Cruz

2nd – Bene­dict del Rosario and Jolito Pan­dac

3rd – Ray­mond Jan Ledesma and Matthew Arthem Gelv­oleo

Culi­naria Com­pe­ti­tion (dessert cat­e­gory):

1st – John Fred Olvido and Niel John Cortez

2nd – Re­viel Vil­la­pana and John Ger­ard Grey Jr. 3rd – Je­sus Sa­muel Soli­nap and John Alre Dales

Bar­rel Art Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion:

1st – Julius Añasca

2nd – Rom­mel Cadi­gal

3rd – Wen Treyes Quil­isa­dio

Mixol­ogy Com­pe­ti­tion:

1st – Lau­rence Em­manuel Conlu 2nd – Harry Ser­van­cia

3rd – Kate Jaraiza Tecso

The win­ners of the culi­nary and mixol­ogy con­tests re­ceived P25,000 for the cham­pi­ons; P15,000 for the first run­ners-up; and P10,000 for the 2nd run­ners-up.

The board of judges was com­posed of Sammy Nuarbe, pres­i­dent of Great Har­vest Academy of Technical Skills, Inc.; Ricky Paiva, mixol­ogy guru from Sin­ga­pore; Vic­to­ria Beck­ley, Sales and Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of Peter Knapp Hold­ings Pte. Ltd. and di­rec­tor of World Gourmet Sum­mit; Bene­dict John Uy of Planta Cen­tro Ba­colod Ho­tel, Daily Skil­let and East Bites Res­tau­rant; Don Col­menares, owner/chef of Ber­beza Bistro; and Chef Nico Mil­lanes of Ter­rasse Bistro, Por­tiko Café & Lounge, and Catch of the Day.

Aside from the culi­nary and mixol­ogy con­tests, this year’s Rum Fes­ti­val also fea­tures street-danc­ing, and a 5K Run.

Mean­while, the Rum Fes­ti­val Food Bazaar is on­go­ing at the BCGC grounds un­til Au­gust 24.

Cap­ping off the event is a float pa­rade and a con­cert fea­tur­ing Sand­wich; Idol Philip­pines’ Dan Om­bao and Miguel Or­don; rap­per Mike Swift; and Ba­colod’s Project Juan, Bar­bie na Doll, and Cali Is­land./pr

WIN­NERS of Culi­naria Com­pe­ti­tion (ap­pe­tizer and main dish cat­e­gory)

WIN­NERS of Culi­naria Com­pe­ti­tion (dessert cat­e­gory)

MAYOR Eve­lio Leonar­dia (4th from the left) with for­mer coun­cilor Em Ang (2nd from the left) and judges of Culi­naria com­pe­ti­tion: Bene­dict John Uy (3rd from left), Vic­to­ria Beck­ley (5th from left), Chef Nico Mil­lanes (6th left), and Chef Don An­gelo Col­menares (7th left).

MAYOR Eve­lio Leonar­dia de­liv­ers a speech dur­ing the open­ing of Ba­colod City’s first ever Rum Fes­ti­val Satur­day [Aug. 17].

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