Pinoy known chef urges HRM, culinary students to “think out of the box”

September 11, 2010

Chef Gene

working on their dishes

the champion

final judging

d winning salad

second placer

third placer

Most Institute students Miyake and Cuevo with were awarded a diploma for their mixed green salad

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PNA) -– A Filipino known chef told Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) and culinary students to explore more style and technique through research during the Mindanao’s Culinary Festival (MCF) 2010 held from Sept. 8 and 9 at the SM City Event Center here.

 Chef Gene Gonzalez, founder and president of Center for Asian Culinary Studies told the students that “you have to think out of the box” and the only way to do it is by way of doing research.

Gonzales was one of judges in the competing culinary and hotel and restaurant management students.

“You come from a place that has tropical varieties of agri products although I am not saying that you abandon the western style,” he said.

And through research he said one gets up-to-date trends, styles and innovations. Name different style of food preparations be it the Thai, Vietnam or the Filipino ensaladas, he said there are so many other explorations that they can create.

 The preparation of food is important in competitions and for those who cannot make it, just continue participating in events like this.

“Compete in every cooking competition because this will improve your knowledge and skills,” he said.

He told the students to pay particular attention to safety and hygiene as well as professionalism.

The two-day competition was joined by 19 schools from Mindanao namely Aces Polytechnic College, AMA Computer College, Brokenshire College, Computer Sense College of Technology, Davao Central College, Davao Doctor’s College, DMMA College of Southern Philippines, Emar Human and Environmental Coll ege, Inc., Gabriel Taborin Technical School, Holy Cross of Bansalan, Mats College of Technology, Mindanao State University – Naawan, Misamis Oriental, MOST Institute, Philippine Women’s College, St. Joseph Technical Academy, University of Mindanao-Davao, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan.

 There was also competition among commercial establishments on professional bartending and waitering namely Bangkok Wok, Brox Coffee Shop, Caution Entertainment Bar and Restaurant, D’Leonor Hotel, Emar’s Hotel Restaurant and Beach Resort, Palos Verde-Indangan, Palos Verde-Maa, Tine’s Event Service and Company and Zigudu Restobar.

Head of organizing group Mary Ann Montemayor of Konkordans said this year’s festival is an all new event as participants are faced with new schemes.

She said this new aspect of the competition will challenge the minds and creativity of the teams even as she said they want both the students and professionals continue to learn new techniques and styles as well as be more imaginative and creative.

Graduating culinary students of MOST Institute, Robert Cuevo and Jurichi Miyake said win or lose they will continue participating in competitions to hone their talents and skills.

The two from MOST Institute after winning the school’s sponsored “iron chef” emerged as champion and made them the school’s official representative to MCF 2010. Cuevo and Miyake competed in the Salad/Dessert Competition.

Miyake said among others he want to work in Japan as he would like to learn and become a “sushi chef” while Cuevo dreams of Barcelona where there are lots of expert and famous chefs and to try his luck if he could work with one of Spain’s famous chefs.

The two said there are lots of opportunities abroad and chefs are paid well. “Perhaps if we are lucky to be given the opportunity to work abroad, our intention is to build capital then come home and start our own business,” Miyake said. (PNA) LOR/Digna D. Banzon/lvp


Real estate sector sees bright prospects in Davao

December 6, 2008

Despite the economic slowdown in the global market, a major real estate player is anticipating bright prospects in Davao next year.

Maryline Lim, general manager of Samantha Homes said there is a large housing need in Davao City saying that the company is targeting the medium level market.

She said the newest Samantha Homes project is at Bago Gallera where they enrolled as Pag-IBIG City of over 800 units. The site she said will include playground and multi-purpose hall that will later be turned over to the homeowners association.

She said their company caters to employees, the overseas Filipino workers and the self-employed.

The subdivision features include water facility sourced out from the Davao City Water District, an overhead transmission lines provided by the Davao Light and Power Company, underground drainage and concrete roads with curbs and gutter.

But Lim said they don’t just build houses because they see to it that they would also introduce some new designs in their projects.

In the pipeline next year she said is the 400 units project in Panabo City.

All in all she said to include the new projects, Samantha Homes house and lot units accounted to 3,120.

Their other projects are found in Matina Aplaya, Barangay Lizada in Toril, Paligue in Padada, Davao del Sur, Catalunan Pequeno, Catalunan Grande.

Lim said they are careful with the supervision of the project because of the “buy back” policy ofPag-IBIG Fund.

She said Pag-IBIG Fund for that matter pay particular attention to project development including the first years of repayments of homebuyers.

She said they do not want also to be remiss of their responsibilities saying that they need to comply what has agreed between them and Pag-IBIG Fund.

“What Pag-IBIG Fund had invested are the funds of the members and we make good of our investment because these are money of the Fund members,” she said.

Lim however stressed that they reach out to their homebuyers in order for them to make good of their repayment record.

She said with the reduced interest rates extended by the Pag-IBIG Fund the rebate extended to homebuyers who are “good payors,” now owning a house is very affordable.

Meanwhile Davao City Investment and Promotion Center head Engr. Roberto Teo expressed good prospects for real estate in 2009.

Teo in a separate interview said real estate will continue to pick up in Davao City next year.

He said a new subdivision project with investment of P120 million will commence next year.

He also said that constructions of two the big investments on real property are on-going while developers of new condominium projects have already shown keen interest for new construction here. These are in addition to the DMCI condominium and that of the Filinvest development

Where is Kembali Coast ….

October 2, 2008

If you have not been there one could always arrange for a site visit and see the beauty of nature very picturesque place and relaxing scenery.  The Filinvest Land Inc., the host of this high-end resort residential site, would be glad to ferry you to the place (by speed boat or the large motorized boat for group visit) but in the meantime I would like to share this article i wrote about Kembali Coast …..

It is a leisure-residential resort with a 1.8 kilometers beachline accessible to all lot owners within a 50-hectare area at the Island Garden City of Samal.

In an interview with Filinvest vice president for Visayas and Mindanao regional operations Tristan Las Marias  he said FLI’s investment fund would run to about P600 million to fully develop the area.

Developing high-end residences in Davao, Las Marias believes there is a big market niche in Davao City and the whole of the island where this Kembali Coast project carries an Asian-island-Balinese theme with accents to hype beach ambiance.

This is the first of its kind in Mindanao and is accessible by a 30-minute speedboat ride from Davao City to the site in Kaputian, Samal City. (a few meters away from Pearl Farm Beach Resort).

The resort ambiance is what many are looking and their market other than the Overseas Filipino Workers are those from the neighboring areas of General Santos City, Marbel in South Cotabato, Butuan, Cagayan, Bukidnon, etc. even as Las Marias said that they are targeting 20 percent of the local residents and another 30 percent from those market outside Mindanao.

The buyers could be a first time home-buyers and many of them could be purchasing their second home or their retirement home.

“What is being offered here is the lifestyle that buyers would experience where it starts the moment they step on the boat as they travel for 30 minutes towards their home destination  treated like kings and queens, an experience they would want to enjoy,” he said.

Part of the investment is a 32 ft. speedboat that can accommodate 15 persons to be ferried to the area while an access transfer from the airport towards Kembali Coast is part of the plan, he said.

Aside from a residential area is the development of aquasports where enthusiasts and sports lovers would get the chance to go water ski, kayak, diving, wind surf, banana boat ride. Hobie cats are also available, the paraw, the optimist sailboats and a ride with a 6.5 m Rigid Inflatable Boat.

Eventually he said the sports facilities will be turned over to the homeowners association and Filinvest will initially manage the operation.

With the place good for the sea sports, Filinvest infused about P15 million for these facilities. A hobie cat would cost a million and the company is into such investment.  There will be onsite lectures also about aquasports.

Inorder to maintain exclusivity of the area there will only be 400 lots at 1,000 sq. m average lot cut and only 20 percent of the lot is build-able, 80 percent will be retained as “green” with a “gentleman’s farm”.

It is a low-density area with approximately seven lots per hectare.

Other amenities are Tree-Park, Beach Activity Area to include among others clubhouse, infinity pool, sea side pool, park with gazebo and others.

Roads will be concrete with street lights, side walk, electrical and water connections, gate and guardhouse, landscaping, combined storm drainage system and sewerage line, sewerage treatment facility.

Las Marian said groundworks are on going even as he said that their initial talks with the local government are very positive as they stressed that basic infrastructures are needed on the ground.

Kembali could be an added attraction to both Davao and Samal Cities even as both cities must together work on their infrastructures to support the economic and tourism activities in the area.

New businesses …

September 25, 2008

East Asian bizmen eye Davao as retirement haven

Japanese and Korean investors are considering sites in Davao City for retirement villages of their foreign nationals.

These investors are just validating the areas that they had identified and their businesses are registered with the Securities and Exchange Corporation (SEC).

The Japanese investor however still has to conduct ocular on the recommended sites where the basic requirement is accessibility to medical facilities.

The sites are areas with building for dormitory type and there are raw site ideal for retirement villages.

The retirement village is an expansion of the Japanese investor with existing business in Davao City, the Menogaia Corporation, a business process outsourcing business that caters to clients in Japan for designs and architecture and the other is a language “English as Second Language” where Davao based instructors teach English on line to Japanese nationals.

Currently the Japanese investor has about 100 workers for both the designs and architecture and the on-line language.

The Menogaia Corp. owner, Knowing the increasing cost of retirement facilities in Japan, considered this investment as a big potential in Davao City.

Meanwhile the Korean investor is looking at developing an area in Buhangin for a mix-use of hotel, retirement part and for residential areas.

The Korean owned Good Morning Company has a 10-hectare area located between Robinsons and Panorama Subdivisions.

Here’s another good news for Davao City … Ayala Land finally breaks ground Tuesday for P5 B complex

September 25, 2008

Davao City will host the P5 billion mixed-use development project of Ayala Land Inc.  and Anflocor Group of Companies along J.P. Laurel Street.

The complex will have business process outsourcing (BPO) buildings and its mall anchor.

A good mix of companies are expected to locate that can offer high-end quality products and many of them Manila-based merchants.

As estimated the project will generate a total employment of 11,000 broken down to 3,000 for the construction of the complex, 5,000 for the merchandise, and 3,000 for the BPOs.

Specs of the project includes the Abreeza, a 61,000 square meter mall with office buildings and 18,000 square meter BPO center.

Operations of the first phase of the mall will be on the fourth quarter of 2010 while the second phase on the third quarter of 2011.

Operations of Building 1 of the BPO center is targeted to operate on the fourth quarter of 2009 and Building 2 on the fourth quarter of 2011

More economic activities coming to the island …. good for business !

September 25, 2008

When business is alive more people are employed and more housing units needed as the real property industry could also spur economic activities.

Korean-Filipino mining partnership starts exploration in Sultan Kudarat

A Korean investor with local partners in Sultan Kudarat started mining exploration in barangay Kinayao, Bagumbayan town within the 4,500 hectares with approved mineral production sharing agreement (MSPA) issued to FADICASU.

The partnership was registered under FMC & GRCO Fadicasu Mining Corp & General Resources Co. Ltd.

In an interview with the Corporation’s operation manager, Rudolf Joseph C. Lopez, he said Fadicasu Mining Corp is the Filipino partner while General Resources Co., Ltd. is the Korean investor.

Fadicasu represents the name of the shareholders that all reside in Bagumbayan namely Faducan, Dida, Caspe and Subere.

Although the MSPA was approved in 1998, the exploration only started May 2008 and as of this writing are already into its 600 meters depth drilling of 10 holes.

Mineral deposits within the Daguma Range are copper and gold but the resource is more of copper with the gold deposits of 22 K.

He said they still need to go down to 2,000 meters of drilling to determine the volume of the reserves and they expect to hit their target by December this year with 100 holes.

With an initial investments of over P100 million, the company plan to put up processing plant in the area only after determining the volume because what they will ship to Korea are copper concentrate.

Within the Damuga Range he said are about 11 MPSA holders and that for the whole of Sultan Kuradat there are some 50 of them including mineral tenements which were issued same agreement.

Like in any other mining explorations he admitted that there are issues raised and in their case these are siltation of the Allah River, the threat to landslide and other related issues.

Lopez said prior to their entry in the area siltation is already present and the threat to landslide is outside of the approved MPSA.

However. he said they are closely cooperating with the local government unit because they have the responsibility to play in relation to their investment in the area.