Guv says tours readied
for APEC meet delegates
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that the provincial government is preparing tour packages for the delegates and other visitors during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Credit Bureau and Finance Meeting in Bacolod City April 29 to 30.
The province will showcase its tourist spots, organic farming and famous cuisine, he said.
The governor yesterday dismissed concerns raised by militant groups on the presence of members of the United States Marine Corps in Sagay City for the training of 54 Special Action Force, 6th Special Action Battalion members, and allied local police operatives in preparation for the APEC meet.
“We have to accept that the United States helps us with intelligence and security measures to ensure peace,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor said resolutions from Negros Occidental and Oriental supporting the creation of the proposed One Island Region have already been submitted to the Department of Interior and Local Government for study.
He also said President Aquino is still expected to visit Negros Occidental soon for the inauguration of the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City.*CPG
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Cioco IBP president
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental chapter elected Leopoldo Cioco Jr. its president for 2015-2017 at the Hall of Justice Atrium in Bacolod City, Saturday.
Also elected were Meddie Arolado Jr. – vice president, Edmundo Manlapao Jr. – secretary, Josephine Natalaray – treasurer, Mike Sunio – auditor and Gina Villanueva – public information officer, Enrique Tabino, IBP Negros Occidental past president, said yesterday.
Directors are Leo Irving Sedonio, Jojo Ealdama, Jerry Llena, Clodualdo Subaldo Jr. and Kolin Dirk Esidto.
The new officers will assume their posts on April 1.*CPG
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The Esturya app series under the Akubo Software founded by Robin Abello recently launched Sabor, a new cookbook app for the iPad that showcases the flavors of the Philippines – from the famous adobo to regional delicacies, like pinakbet and sisig, a press release from the company said.
The cookbook was released as part of Akubo’s Esturya Learning and Communications Apps, and allows food lovers to rediscover and preserve local culinary culture, the press release also said.
Esturya product manager Troy Colmenares said many consider Philippine cuisine as the underdog of Asian culinary traditions. “But Filipino food goes beyond Jollibee chicken or the balut. We learned that there are unique Filipino recipes, including ones that change as you go from one region to the next,” he added.
The interactive cookbook is filled with 25 selected recipes native to various regions, like the pinakbet (mixed vegetables) of the Ilocanos, the Cebuanos’ tinowa isda (sour fish soup), and tabirak, a sticky rice snack popular in southern Philippines. Sabor offers alternative ideas for certain ingredients or spices rarely available overseas, such as chayote for papaya or chili pepper leaves instead of malunggay, the press release said.
Akubo founder Robin Abello said, “We’re building Sabor not just as an ordinary cookbook app, but as a software platform for Filipinos who love food…for everyone to contribute their own recipes and photos of their own dishes, to create what will eventually become a cookbook by Filipinos, for Filipinos and everyone else.”
Esturya has produced two interactive apps in 2014: The Cowboy Inting and the Carabao Butud storybook, that helps kids raised abroad learn local dialects, like Ilonggo, Tagalog, and Cebuano; and the Philippine Map and Geography: Learn and Play, an app for learning the country’s provinces and capitals.
Sabor Filipino Cookbook is available on the App Store for free, and for more details, those interested may visit www.esturya.com and their Facebook Page, or at www.akubo.com., the press release added.*
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