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My City My SM My
Cuisine contest launched

SM and the Philippine STAR celebrate the flavors of Philippine regional cuisine with its “My City My SM My Cuisine” contest.

During festivals in key cities around the Philippines, SM shoppers and Philippine STAR readers will have a chance to share their version of signature dishes from each area, and win P5,000 worth in SM gift certificates, as well as gift packs from SM Homeworld, a press release from organizers said.

Key recipes were carefully selected from each area – an entrée and a dessert, based on her extensive research in books like GCF Books’ The Culinary Culture of the Philippines, the press release said.

The contest first stopped at SM City Santa Rosa and food enthusiasts competed for the best puchero or yap yap for the entrée and puto maya with kilawing puso ng saging for dessert, the press release said.

Chitt Lijauco, Tatler Philippines managing editor  and last year’s “My City, My SM” honoree in Santa Rosa, made a culinary tour around her city and showcased heirloom recipes from prominent families in the city.

It then proceeded to key cities in southern Luzon, namely, SM City Lucena where hardinera and pancit habhab as well as matamis na santol were highlighted. It was also held in Cavite.

Recipes from Mindanao will be showcased in August as the culinary road show makes a stop in Cagayan de Oro and Davao in August.

It will then go to Bulacan and Naga in September, where foodies will compete for the best pancit Marilao and pastillas de leche and laing and pinangat and pili desserts, respectively, the press release said.

Just in time for the MassKara Festival in October, it will stop in Bacolod for the cook fest with inasal and piyaya. In December, it will be in Pampanga in search of the best bringhe and tibok tibok.

Next year, “My City, My SM, My Cuisine” will make stops in Cebu and Iloilo in January and Baguio and Clark in February.

Interested parties may submit their version of the city’s selected entrée or dessert along with their name, address, and occupation. The recipes should be for a serving of six. They may e-mail their recipes to sm_starculinary@yahoo.com and lorena.martinez@smsupermalls.com or submit these to the Publicity Department, Building C SM Corporate Office, JW Diokno Blvd., MOA Complex Pasay City, or the Lifestyle Section of the Philippine STAR at R. Oca Jr. and Railroad Streets, Port Area, Manila, the press release added.*

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Dance group
seeks support

The Prime Machine Dancers of Dumaguete City thanked the people of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental for their overwhelming support during the competition at Showtime entertainment program of ABS-CBN.

The group paid a courtesy call on Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, with Barangay Captain Lionel Banogon of Bunao. 

Sagarbarria said the city government and the entire province are proud of the group’s achievement, adding that he encourages the group to keep on fighting, because they are the pride of the city and the province.

Prime Machine captain Don Mar Teves said the overwhelming support of the people was like an energy drink that continues to uplift their spirit to perform their best.

Teves asked the community to offer prayers for the monthly elimination for grand finals on July 9. 

He also said some of their instant fans in Manila described them as hard-headed young dancers from the city of gentle people.  The description was taken from the brave head spin stunts of Dave del Carmen, a member of the group that is composed of young professionals and college students.*MA

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Dance group seeks support

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