LUpang Ilocos conducts Regional Recipe Development Contest

SAN FERNANDO CITY -The National Nutrition Council (NNC) LUPang Ilocos Region conducted a regional recipe development contest  at the ORT Development Center, here on April 23.

As part of this year’s kick off activity for the Nutrition Month celebration with the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain”, the contest was designed to develop low-cost, easy to prepare, and nutritious recipes. It also aimed to showcase each region’s traditional recipes and the various ways of cooking vegetables.

The winning recipes will be compiled into a recipe book that will be printed as an IEC material for distribution to the Pantawid Pamilyang beneficiaries or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program beneficiaries of the government.

Six entries were identified for the cooking contest proper out of  twenty-four recipes  submitted to the regional office from all sectors region wide.  The recipes included  “kangkong linambonan” of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; “kangkong at talong sa bagoong alamang” of Batac City; “saluyot burger” of DOH- CHD I San Fernando City; ‘bola-bolang kalabasa at alugbati with malunggay sauce” of San Fernando City; “tortang pinakbet” of Urdaneta City; and “vegetable lumpia con peanut” of Laoag City.

Cash prizes and certificate of participation were awarded to Delia Y. Cristobal and Francis Luida G. Garcia (Laoag City, 1st Prize, P10,000.00); Markjim Repojia and Mary Ann Repojia (Urdaneta City, 2nd Prize,  P8,000.00); Elenette T. Bucasas (City of San Fernando, 3rd Prize,  P6,000.00).

A consolation prize of P2,000 each and certificate of participation were awarded to Bernabe Garcia, CHD I, San Fernando City, La Union; Amelita F. Dahuya, Batac City; and Evangeline T. Acosta of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

The board of judges: Rita P. Reyes, Dietitian III of Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC); Jasmin Michelle B. Calica – full time food service supervisor of Max’s Restaurant, San Fernando City and part time instructor at Sea and Sky College; and Doris Joy C. Garcia – vice-chairperson to the Regional Nutrition Planning and Evaluation Team (RNPET) and senior agriculturist of the DA-RFU I..

Regional director and RNC chairman Myrna C. Cabotaje of Center for Health and Development I (CHD I) thanked the various partner agencies and all the contestants with special mention to the finalists and to the media practitioners for their role  in the information dissemination of the contest.

Cabotaje said food and nutrition are important aspects in our lives in order to achieve our wellness and optimum health being, and that through this kind of contest, people will be encouraged to increase their intake of locally available fruits and vegetables.

The oldest people/folks come mostly from the Ilocos Region because they consume more vegetables that give them longer lifespan, she said.

Cabotaje challenged everyone to put Ilocos Region on the map, and be known for sumptuous local vegetables and people with longer lives.#