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Philippines Food Festival Celebrates 70 Years Of Australian-Philippines Relations

August 3, 2016 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

Tourism Philippines is proud to welcome Philippines’ most renowned chefs to Sydney as part of the 10th Annual Flavours of the Philippines Food Festival.  The event, which launched last Thursday, takes place at The Grace Hotel until 13 August 2016 and features an array of Filipino celebrity chefs including: Myrna Dizon Segismundo; Raul Ramos; Anne San Diego and Mariano Catarmin Jr.

The festival includes a sumptuous buffet of well-loved Filipino classics and contemporary dishes at The Grace Hotel’s Grace Brasserie, ensuring an experience like no other.  During the two week food exploration, guests have the option of selecting from buffet lunches between Tuesday and Friday, on Sundays, as well as dinner on Friday or Saturdayevenings.

Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, said,

“The Flavours of the Philippines Food Festival is a celebration of the strengthening relations between Australia and the Philippines which has continued for the past 70 years.  Australia is currently the Philippines’ fifth largest market source with a total of 241,187 arrivals from January to December 2015. We hope that Australians enjoy the very best of the Philippines’ culinary delights over the next two weeks.  Events like this help celebrate the growing bonds between our two countries.”

Attending guests of the festival will not only experience some incredible food but also go into the draw to win a trip to Palawan, awarded Best Island in the World by Conde Nast Traveller 2014-2015 and Travel + Leisure 2016.  The major prize includes flights with Philippine Airlines and accommodation in a fabulous resort with plenty of other giveaways to also be won.

“Filipino food is a subtle mix of its Asian neighbours as well as featuring influences from its early Spanish colonisation.  This year, the incredible group of celebrity chefs will be bring together a mix of traditional and modern cuisines emphasising the Philippines’ love of seafood, tropical fruits and a distinct use of naturally sour and salty flavours.  Expect to be served an array of exotic, succulent, spicy and aromatic dishes over the two weeks,” continued Delos Reyes.

Flavours of the Philippines Food Festival Celebrity Chefs:


Myrna Dizon Segismundo:

Chef Myrna Dizon Segismundo is a world renowned chef who currently works out of her private kitchen studio, called “New Manila,” developing incredible new recipes.  Myrna’s professional experience includes heading up the kitchens of multi-awarded corporate dining restaurants, such as “Restaurant 9501,” in Manilla and world renowned hotels all over the globe.  Myrna’s work has led her to become the editor-in-chief of a culinary monthly magazine called “Foodie,” and has released two bestselling Filipino cookbooks.  Myrna has also leant her talents to television, hosting two cooking and culinary travel shows on Philippines’ television.


Raul Ramos:

Chef Raul Ramos is a multi-award winning chef of “Restaurant 9501,” the corporate dining restaurant of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest broadcasting network in the Philippines.  Raul brings with him over 30 years of expertise in authentic Philippine cuisine, which has resulted in many awards from prestigious culinary competitions around the world.  Raul has also received countless accolades from international gourmet societies, such as the Chaine des Rotisseurs and the International Wine and Food Society. 


Anne B. San Diego:

Chef Anne B. San Diego is an experienced restaurant owner and manager, who has worked in a variety of restaurants in both the Philippines and the United States of America.  Anne currently owns and operates the Red Dot Japanese Restaurant in Manila which offers guests a combination of modern and traditional Japanese flavours from the neighbouring country.


Mariano Catamin Jr.

Mariano “Tommy” Catamin is the current Chef de Partie of “Restaurant 9501,” the exclusive corporate dining restaurant of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest broadcasting network in the Philippines.

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