Republic of Cavite takes Caviteño cuisine and pride to limelight
Published: 03/28/2011 by Arnold John Saño Galicia
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Patriotism. Cuisine. Tourism.
Once again, Republic of Cavite opened its doors to tickle the tastebuds of tourists – Filipinos and foreigners alike. Inviting bloggers from in and outside of Cavite, businessmen and members of the Cavite Tourism Board also manifested their love and pride for the province by convening for the event entitled ‘Enriching Cavite’s Tourism’.
The program started-off inside Republic of Cavite’s Bulwagang Cuenca at 9 o’clock in the morning with Mr. Adoracion L. Galang, Republic of Cavite Restaurant Manager, giving the Welcome Remarks and video presentations entitled ‘Cavite: Easy Ride South’ and ‘Taas Noo, Caviteño’ being shown. It was then presided by renowned Caviteños in their chosen fields: Mr. Jaime Tepora, President of Cavite Travel & Tours; Ms. Teresita Leabres, Chairman of Cavite Small & Medium Enterprises Development Council; and Ms. Cathy Lee Cachila Tolentino, General Manager of the famous tourist destination, Caylabne Bay Resort. Excitement and cheers filled the room after as a raffle giving-off sought-after Cafe Amadeo bags was held.
Preceded by the arrival of foreign tourists who marvelled at Caviteño food such as ‘Sinanglay na Pla-pla’ and ‘Lihim ni Lola’ on display, an interpretative dance was presented by the Cavite State University Cultural Dance Troupe. It was then followed by another video presentation showcasing different features of Republic of Cavite such as its varied menu, its coffee shop, and venues for special occasions.
To break the ice, a cooking demo of Republic of Cavite’s ‘Cavite Express’ was presented by Mr. Renato ‘Rene’ Onabia, Operations Supervisor & ROC Restaurant Chief Cook. Audiences were awed by the Bicol Express-inspired recipe filled with seafood and home-grown spices as they took pictures of the delicacy.
“This can definitely give Bicol Express a run for its money,” a food enthusiast from among the audience said.
After the Closing Remarks given once again by Mr. Galang, guests were all invited to a restaurant tour and a buffet lunch in Republic of Cavite’s Plaza de Armas where they satisfied their cravings with ROC specialties such as ‘Crispy Binagoongang Baboy’, ‘Grilled Chicken Sinampalukan’, ‘Fried Halo-Halo topped with Ube Ice Cream’, colorful balls of caramel-filled ricecakes called ‘Onde-Onde’, and the much-talked about Lihim ni Lola.
“This is the most scrumptious Filipino dessert I’ve ever tasted since suman dipped in coconut jam!” a blogger taking a bite of Onde-Onde exclaimed.
The food-tasting and culinary tourism program was held at the Republic of Cavite Restaurant in Trece Martires City, Cavite, March 19, 2011.
For more info, visit: http://republicofcavite.com