Monday, June 4, 2012

Win VIP FOOD Passes to Philippines Days Festival!

You have a chance to win VIP FOOD passes to the Philippines Days Festival on June 9 & 10, 2012. 

Simply click "ATTEND" on this Philippines Days Facebook event page and you will be entered to WIN VIP food passes to freely taste the delicious food from all the participating vendors.

Hosted by Metro Vancouver Philippine Arts & Culture Exposition Society (MV-PACES), this newly extended celebration will commemorate the 114th Philippines Independence Day. 

You will enjoy an array of international cuisine and Filipino delicacies, multicultural shows and stage presentations, fab raffle prizes, giveaways and games.
Please spread the word as 
everyone is invited to enjoy our friendly Pinoy culture. Mabuhay!

Philippines Days
Saturday June 9; Sunday June 10, 2012
Waterfront Park 200-Block West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
(beside the seabus terminal)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

It's More Fun in the Philippines!

 It is more fun in the Philippines! A fitting new slogan heralded by the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) to express the country's core strengths, it's fun-loving Filipino people.  The Lonely Planet guidebook described Filipinos as "among the most easygoing and cheerful people anyway", and I agree!

Entering EAT! Vancouver, a 3-day food and cooking festival, I was greeted with friendly signs inviting delegates to visit the Philippines booth. Of course, I b-lined straight there and was warmly approached by Rene R. Delas Santos and staff members from San Francisco's PDOT.  
The booth showcased large photos of Philippines' breathtakingly colourful landscape, staff promoting the country's exotic sights and activities, yummy treats for sampling, and a professional kitchen ready for a cooking show. 
We soon got a quick lesson on lumpia shanghai (spring rolls) by, Albert Rivera, top chef and winner of the 2012 Kulinarya Filipino cooking showdown. I tried his lumpia, dipped with his homemade, sweet and tangy banana ketchup sauce. Masarup! 
It's exciting to see the event delegates toting bright green Philippines bags and buzzing about the country's alluring sights and food.  PDOT did a wonderful job representing what the Philippines has to offer and it makes me proud to be a Filipina!