“DIWAL AND OTHER ILONGGO FLAVOURS ” with Chef Pauline Banusing

Jun 3, 2012 by

I had the honor of being invited to the 2012 Ilonggo Food Festival at the Mandarin Oriental Makati together with some of the VIPs in Manila to be the first to enjoy Chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusings concoction of celebrated Ilonggo cuisine. My task was to primarily take photos of the festival set up at Mandarin Oriental’s Paseo Uno as well as to cover the personalities who came to grace the event. The lunch event commenced with a ribbon-cutting with no less than the Mayor of Makati City, Hon. JunJun Binay together with the General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Makati Mark Bradford and Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr. Chef Pauline then ushered her guests to the Ilonggo buffet station causing everyone to feel the gush at the sight of beautiful Ilonggo food. I am using an apt term here to describe Ilonggo food with a tinge of pride and bias: beautiful. And upon conquering a few rounds of a plateful of dishes, I swear I have achieved self-actualization. As of press time, there’s one more day left before the festival ends (it ends June 3rd) and I know you would want to murder me for writing this just now. Blame it on my week-long travel to Timbuktu, but come on, haven’t you been reading the papers?

For those who missed this event, let’s all look forward to the next summer. I’m sure Chef Pauline could think of something that will make you leap out of your seats, beat the midday traffic and drive yourself to the Mandarin Oriental to feast on Ilonggo cuisine wonders.


Ze Chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing

The best of them all: Beef Kansi with Batuan. (Heavenly!!!)

The star of the show, "diwal" (angel wing clams)

Your gateway to heaven: the buffet station

With Mayor Binay are from left: General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Manila Mark Bradford, festival guest chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing, her brother Mark Gorriceta, and Makati City Accountant Cecilio LIm, also an Ilonggo.

Teddy Montelibano, Allanah Montelibano, Teddy Boy Locsin, Chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing, Karen Ganzon, and Director of Communications of Mandarin Oriental, Manila Charisse Chuidian

General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Manila Mark Bradford with Helen Ong, Doris Lopez, and Dra. Elenita Binay at the opening festivities

Rajo Laurel showing it right, the waaah moment!

Tito Lopez, Chef Pauline and Allanah Montelibano


The perfect way to end the meal, this glorious Yema Cake. To quote my friend Nico Golez, it's a Pièce de résistance!

Congratulations Chef Pauline and the Mandarin Oriental Makati’s Paseo Uno for a successful event! (Special thanks go to the Communications Group of the Mandarin Oriental Makati especially to the Director of Communications Ms Charisse Chuidian and Marketing Communications Officer, Ms Isabel Cang).

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