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The Commission on Higher Education – Caraga Regional Office (CHED Caraga) hosted the ASEAN Culinary Expo 2023 as part of the activities organized in celebration of this year’s 56th ASEAN Founding Anniversary with the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” on September 14, 2023 at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Butuan City.

Organized in partnership with the Caraga Council of Tourism Deans and Educators (CCTDE), the culinary expo was participated by bonafide hospitality management students from the different public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Caraga Region. They competed in the five (5) identified categories, namely: Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Chef’s War, Dessert Flambe, Dessert Buffet Set-up and Dual Flairtending.

This one-day activity was also attended by the deans and program heads of the public and private HEIs offering Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management Program. The participating HEIs were the following:

•Agusan Del Sur Colleges (ADSCO)

•Butuan Doctors College (BDC) 

•Caraga State University – Cabadbaran Campus (CSUCC)

•Father Saturnino Urios College (FSUU) 

•Northeastern Mindanao State University – Cantilan Campus (NEMSU Cantilan) •Northeastern Mindanao State University – Lianga Campus (NEMSU Lianga) 

•Northeastern Mindanao State University – Tagbina Campus (NEMSU Tagbina) 

•Northern Mindanao Colleges (NORMI)

•Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute of Technology (PECIT) 

•Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) 

•Saint Michael College of Caraga (SMCC)

•Surigao Del Norte State University – Main Campus (SNSU Main)

The ASEAN Culinary Expo was organized to develop friendly competition and camaraderie among hospitality management students in Caraga Region, as well as showcase exemplary knowledge and culinary skills of the students in different categories of the competition.

Judging the various competition categories were exceptional experts in their respective fields: Chef Marvin Millanes, Sous Chef of Almont Beach Resort Surigao City; Chef Paolo Andaya Lumbres, Owner and Head Chef of Food Coma BXU; Mr. Aga Marcholo Ringor, General Manager of Torque Coffee; Mr. Dante Reveche, President of the Caraga-Agusan-Butuan Allied Hotels & Restaurants Association; and Mr. Soljin Robles, Event Stylist and Owner of S Team Events.

Awards were given to the following winners of their respective categories:

•Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Champion: SMCC (Ariel Kenneth Canatoy & Hannah Jane Esguerra)

1st Runner Up: SNSU Main Campus (Dionaurl Voughn Quima & Venus Alingasa)

2nd Runner Up: CSU Cabadbaran Campus (Prince Marc Peralta & Joanne Alcampado)

•Chef’s War

Champion: ADSCO (Jancen Amarillo, Kheanne Clark Manzanas, Mark Heros Buico)

1st Runner Up: SJIT (Princess B. Potot, Kin Emmanuel Cutor, James Brandon V. Jamero)

2nd Runner Up: CSU Cabadbaran Campus (Noel Jhon Anino, Genelito Siman, Rethelje Ann C. Singson)

•Dessert Flambe 

Champion: CSU Cabadbaran Campus (Cyrel Rode Dagting)

1st Runner Up: SNSU Main (Charlotte Culata)

2nd Runner Up: SMCC (Nathaniel Clyde Rodriguez)

•Dessert Buffet Set-Up

Champion: ADSCO (Yuki L. Yamanaka, Mary Rose L. Ongco)

1st Runner Up: CSU Cabadbaran Campus (Jayve Huiso, Sophia Bianca Espinosa)

2nd Runner Up: PECIT (Charles Jay Careloria, Lorgelyn Tiempo)

•Dual Flairtending 

Champion: SNSU Main Campus (Xylly Cyx Ellazo, Karen Hubahib)

1st Runner Up: ADSCO (Kim G. Aquino, Jerry S. Daquipil)

2nd Runner Up: BDC (Atan F. Rosales, Rotceel E. Atienza)


Champion: CSU Cabadbaran Campus

1st Runner Up: ADSCO

2nd Runner Up: SNSU Main Campus

The Regional Office would like to thank the following partner agencies and organizations for their support that contributed to the success of the culinary expo: Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga Region for documenting the entire activity, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga Region for their booth display of local products, the Provincial Capitol for providing the venue, and the Caraga Council of Tourism Deans and Educators (CCTDE) as a partner in organizing the activity.

All credits for the photos below go to PIA Caraga. To see the full photo album, visit PIA Caraga’s Facebook Page here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=PIACaraga&set=a.690590909763883