JOLLY University Year 4 Grand Cook-Off and Congress

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Kianna recently expressed an interest taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management which veers away from her first interested interest, medicine. It made an invite to be a judge at the Jolly University Year 4 Grand Cook-Off and Congress featuring finalists from 23 different schools across North and South Luzon and Metro Manila even more interesting.
With the theme “It’s More JOLLY in the Philippines”, Jolly University Year 4 featured some of the country’s top industry practitioners and leaders: Leo de Leon of Allegro Beverage, JC Libiran Author of Byahe ni Juan, Marilyn Perion of UCPB, Liza Morales of CCA Manila,  Karla Reyes of La Petite Fromagerie, Nana Ozaeta of Food Magazine, Bryan Kong of Crazy Katsu, Chershire Que (nutritionist), Vberni Regalado of Philippine Star, Jose Mari Oquiñena of Gawad Kalinga, Angelica Atanacio of Anghelica’s Desserts, Kian Kazemi of Persian Grill, Rebecca Lee of wheninmanila.com, and  Ms. Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.
After grueling weeks of training and preparation, all aspiring student-contenders in the country’s long-running campus-based culinary search, finally showed off their skills at the cook-off at the Le Pavilion Tent in Pasay City.  120 elite finalists prepared their best and most creative JOLLY-inspired dishes to clinch the coveted titles in the following four divisions: Individual Category (featuring Luzon Cuisines made easy, healthy and baon-ready); Team Main Dish Category (Visayas Cuisines Made Easy, Healthy and Jolly); Team Pasta Category (Mindanao Cuisines made Pastariffic) and Team Mocktail Category (Capture the Jolly Vibe of the Philippines in a Sip).
It was my first time to judge a cook-ff and it was both a fun and filling experience. I was assigned to the Pasta category where 10 dishes were prepared all having a local flavor to the theme “Mindanao Cuisines”. Participants were from University of Santo Tomas, La Consolacion College, Far Eastern University, Siena College, Rogationist College, Anihan Technical School, De La Salle University Dasmarinas, and Dr Yanga’s College.
The winning dish! Curacha Fettucini Alavar by La Consolacion College Manila.
Other entries from the Pasta category:
Here’s the full list of Jolly University 4 Congress winners:
Pasta (team): La Consolacion Batangas;
Mocktails (team): Lyceum Subic Bay;
Main Dish (group): La Consolacion Manila;
Main Dish (individual):
2nd runner up La Consolacion College Manila,
1st runner up Manila Tytana Colleges,
Grand winner University of Sto. Tomas.
Audience Choice: La Consolacion Manila
This year’s Jolly University grand winners walked away with Php50,000 worth of cash and prizes, trophies, culinary training workshop under CCA Manila, and an internship program under Fly Ace Corporation where they will receive comprehensive, job-ready skills development training from the industry’s best practitioners.
The JOLLY University Year 4 Congress is made possible with the support of event sponsors CCA Manila, Allegro, Coldstone, Glad, Fujidenzo, Masflex, PLDT HOME Fibr, Robinsons, Technogas, UCPB and Whirlpool and media partners Appetite Magazine, Breakfast Magazine, Cook Magazine, Food Magazine, Chinatown TV, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila Bulletin, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Philippine Star and wheninmanila.com.
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A Year of Thankfulness and Change

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There was much to be thankful for in 2016. For me a year has been good if my kids are healthy, doing well in school and I’m working. That’s why I think my 2016 has been a year of thankfulness and was more good than bad because there were so many opportunities and experiences.

Though my year was great there was a sourness to it. For the first time I’m officially confirming then end of my marriage. Yes, 17 years done and gone. That’s the one downer however I choose not to dwell on that because to be honest I think it was one of the best decisions I made. Having married so young it’s the first time I’m getting to actually live my own life without having to think “What will he think?” “Will he get angry?” and the like. I’m happy they are doing well and we’re all supporting one another.

Looking back on 2016 there were many firsts and many of those opportunities were from my blogging! Sharing my year of firsts, happiness, acceptance, sadness and positivity.

Disney On Ice

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Calaguas Island Summer Adventure

Jael goes to Kinder 2

MBP Halloween Mad Hatter Party

Meeting the Cake Boss

Learning how to do selfies with the OPPO F1s Limited

MBP Christmas Party

Brentwood Suites

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 🎄🎉❤

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Imperial Palace

❤ #newyear #happynewyear #igers #igersmanila #igphilippines

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Love from my NIDO GUM Family

 

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Diva High Heeled Warriors Talks at The Power Plant Mall

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When I first found out about the Diva High Heeled Warriors Talks event I was thrilled and then I paused and thought hmmm… I don’t wear high heels! Despite that I knew I was a warrior and this warrior mom has been through some stuff that has only strengthened me. I was honored to be chosen alongside my co-admins of Mommy Bloggers Philippines to represent the Heartwarmer Warrior.

Are you the type of person that people come to to unload? Well, I am. I don’t get to talk about being a mommy as much except to very close friends and my co-MBP admins. I took advantage of this event to share some of the knowledge and experiences I acquired being a work at home mom of 3. I also got to share about being a co-admin of Mommy Bloggers Philippines which I’m having so much fun doing.

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The event was dressed to the nines in a black and white chic themed decor. The dessert table was yum with sweet treats by Tasty Treats Candy Buffet.

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The event was hosted by Arianne Serafico of Wanderrgirl. Mommy Bloggers Philippines was first up representing the Heartwarmer. We each got to introduce ourselves and talk a little bit about being mothers and bloggers.

Louisa Mercado of @mommybloggersphilippines tells us how she got into blogging. #HighHeeledWarriors #HHWTalks

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Next up was Rica Callangan for Social Sider who shared a heartfelt background on her journey to starting Woman Create.

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Danah and Stacy Gutierrez of Plump Pinay were the Passionistas discussing their what else, passion for their advocacy of body acceptance.

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Upon registration women were invited to take a picture at the photobooth which later would be used on the commitment board. Ladies filled out a Lactacyd Personality Quiz which would tell them what type of Warrior they were.

Aside from Heartwarmer, Social Sider and Passionistas, there are also Trailblazer and Peacekeeper personalities.

Our fellow mommy bloggers showed up to support us and they also took the quiz which showed them to be of course, Heartwarmers.

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Photo courtesy of Lanie Lluch

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Photo courtesy of Lanie Lluch

This Diva event is another milestone for Lani, Joy and I as we slowly but surely prove to the world that you can be a mother and pursue your dreams.

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Photo courtesy of Lanie Lluch

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