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A Fine Dining Gastronomic Adventure Awaits at The Singapore World Gourmet Summit



As the summer sun starts to heat-up the vacation season, another exciting event sizzles in Singapore. Now on its 21st edition, the annual World Gourmet Summit (WGS) is bringing first-time and return travelers to another mouthwatering gastronomic adventure.

Celebrating the theme “United Nations Gastronomic Assembly,” the World Gourmet Summit will feature exquisite gourmet from internationally-renowned master chefs whose menus will be featured at Singapore’s award-winning restaurants from March 20 to April 16.

Mexican restaurant, El Mero Mero, will host the Mezcal Degustation Masterclass on March 22, and the Mucho Mexico Dinner featuring Chef Daniel Ovadía on March 30, while Italian gourmet establishment, OSO Ristorante, will showcase a 12-year-old Japanese whiskey featuring Christian “Whiskey Master” Leusder on March 24.

Chef Patissiere Kirkio Nakamura and Lewin Terrace’s executive Chef Keisuke Matsumota will hold the Pastry Masterclass and Afternoon Tea on March 28. In the evening, Chef Quentin Glabus’ Canadian Flavours at Wooloomooloo will showcase the best of Canadian cuisine. Swiss master butcher Grill Ueli will host a Culinary Masterclass with Tasting Menu at Hubert’s on March 29, followed by Dutch Chef Jarno Eggen’s own Culinary Masterclass with Luncheon at Miele Gallery on March 30.

The WGS Opening Reception and the 17th Awards of Excellence Presentation Ceremony takes place on March 27 at One Farrer Hotel. On March 30, Chefs Mitch Lienhard and Ryan Clift will host the 4 Hands Epicurean Delights at the Tippling Club, followed by Chef Jarno Eggen’s Roguie Gourmet Delights five-course dinner at Dolce Vita on March 31. CHOPE Ur Next Gourmet Attractions is on April 2, while Chef Fernando Arevalo’s “CFF-AOP” Theme Dinner at Artemis Grill follows on April 3. The National Kidney Foundation “Better Lives” Charity Gala is on April 6, while the Royal Gourmet Staycation is slated on April 8 to 9.

Other participating Michelin-starred establishments are Punjab Grill, Peach Blossoms, Open Farm Community, Odette, Jaan, Ding Dong, and many more.

“The World Gourmet Summit reaffirms Singapore’s culinary scene as a dynamic gourmet destination. This year, the Summit will put the spotlight on Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurants through the special participation of more than 10 widely-recognized master chefs,” said Lael Loh, Singapore Tourism Board Area Director for Philippines. “We are also eagerly looking forward to the launch of the Singapore Michelin Guide 2017, as well as the upcoming Singapore Food Festival which shall bring more culinary delights for our visitors.”

United by Love for Fine Dining Cuisine

Singapore has made its mark as an international culinary hotspot with a pool of diverse dining establishments and festivities, including an array of affordable, yet superior quality food fare.

The launch of the Singapore Michelin Guide in 2016, a first in Southeast Asia, saw the prestigious guide recognizing street food for the very first time. Two hawker stalls, the Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, received global attention when each was awarded with one Michelin Star, a testament to the island city-state’s repertoire of quality, yet affordable hawker fare. As a result, Singapore is now home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal at under Php100. Adding to the list of “firsts,” the Singapore Michelin Guide also gave birth to the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut.

Highly-acclaimed culinary celebrations also attract foodie visitors across the globe, including the Singapore Food Festival happening in July, where traditional and modern Singaporean dishes are showcased and celebrated. Indeed, the Lion City has all the flavors on its plate, waiting to be enjoyed by locals and guests.

With a stellar line-up of events, activities, and the best of fine dining cuisine, Singapore is a gastronomic expedition that serious food lovers should not dare miss. Mark your calendars and join the World Gourmet Summit from March 20 to April 16, and experience a one-of-a-kind food festival. For more details on the World Gourmet Summit, please visit and for upcoming events and activities.

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US-Based Pinoy Doctors to Hold Free Surgical Mission in Palawan




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A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.

The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.

It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.

Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan town.

These are circumcision, harelip, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.

Dr. Maria Arlin Josue, AMH chief, said they had already prepared for the medical and surgical mission, and were excited for the residents of Aborlan.

“Para sa mga nais makibahagi sa naturang aktibidad, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa mga Operation Centers ng Rescue 165 na nakatalaga sa mga munisipyo sa lalawigan (For those who want to avail of free medical and surgical services they offer, residents can coordinate with the Operation Centers of Rescue 165),” she said.

Josue added they are grateful that the first medical and surgical mission in the province for this year chose Aborlan as it will surely help a lot of residents who lack funds to pay even for minor surgeries.

AMH is a 50-bed capacity medicare hospital in the first class municipality of Aborlan, located 69 kilometers from the capital of Puerto Princesa.

Its construction was funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan.

It was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital



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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

Sinulog activities

Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

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GCash to Raffle off 10 iPhone X for The SM Store Shoppers



The SM Store shoppers nationwide are in for a treat as GCash mobile wallet is set to raffle off 10 iPhone X from February to April this year.

To qualify, existing and new GCash App users just need to pay their The SM Store purchases using the GCash scan to pay feature which all The SM Stores in the country started accepting last December. Each single receipt value of at least P500 is equal to one raffle entry. Promo is valid on a monthly basis from January 15 to April 15, 2018 per DTI-FTEB Permit No.0579 Series of 2018.

Distribution of prizes, draw schedules, and valid entries are as follows:

Spend Period

Jan 15 – Feb 15, 2018

Feb 16 – March 15, 2018

March 16 – April 15, 2018

Draw date

Feb 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

Number of iPhones




While monthly winners are no longer qualified for the succeeding raffle draws, others may still get a chance to win the following month by transacting using GCash scan to pay in The SM Store again.

The winners will be notified by GCash through registered mail, mobile number (SMS and phone call) for instructions on how to claim their prize. The announcement of raffle winners will also be done through the Official GCash Facebook Page ( according to announcement schedule.

How to use GCash scan to pay:

  1. Download the GCash app on your smartphone and sign up, or update the GCash app to the latest version and login.
  2. Click “Pay QR” on the dashboard, then click “Scan QR Code” to access the QR scanner. You can also swipe left from the dashboard to access the scanner immediately.
  3. Scan to pay in The SM Store during payment
  4. Input the amount to be paid as stated by the merchant’s POS and frontliner
  5. Confirm the payment details of the transaction
  6. Upon success of payment, an sms will be received by the customer and the merchant front liner indicating that payment has been done.

Not yet a GCash subscriber? Register to GCash now by downloading the GCash App or by dialing *143#, select GCash and register.

Learn more about GCash by visiting Follow its social media channels:,, and

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Calape’s ‘Fishyalan’ Opens in February




In an effort to offer an alternative tour site to mall and resorts goers, the local government unit of Calape and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to open its ‘fishyalan’ next month.

Located at BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center at Barangay Bentig, the ‘fishyalan’ is a unique place for visitors to hang out and learn new fisheries technology.

This way, BFAR can also better disseminate its advocacies, as well as information about its different programs and projects toward the development of the fisheries sector in the region.

Calape Information Officer Nicolas Sendrijas said when they open ‘fishyalan’ to the public, an entrance fee of P20/person will be collected.

The rate for children 12 years old below is P15, while rental for fishing gear with bait is P5 wherein visitors pay for the fish they catch.

They can opt to cook it there or they may bring it home.

Sendrijas, also the President of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol), held their first out-of-town Bisita Opisina and agency familiarization program hosted by LGU Calape at the Conference Room of BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center on January 11.

The people’s organization, Bentig Farmers-Fishermen’s Association, is set to undergo a training on entrepreneurship to be conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) Business Administration.

When operational and at the end of the fiscal year, the net income generated will be shared 50-50 between the PO and LGU Calape, according to Sendrijas.

As of now, worth P3 million of milkfish ( bangus, ) siganid (kitong) , pompano (talakitok) , tilapia, mangrove crab, and grouper (pugapo) have been stocked in the two fish ponds of fishyalan.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of fishyalan was signed by Calape Mayor Nelson Yu and BFAR Regional Director Allan Poquita. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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