By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Eight groups from different villages here strutted recently their cooking skills on meal that caters from a six month old baby to a senior citizen.
NUTRITION MONTH. Contestants from various villages in Dagupan City joined the cooking contest to commemorate the Nutrition Month held at the city plaza. Participants are village scholars, Barangay Service Point Officer (BSPO), Barangay Social Workers (BSW), and librarians. PHOTO: MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Ana Kour Fernandez, head of this City’s Nutrition Office, said the contestants were volunteers from different barangays here who were village scholars, Barangay Service Point Officer (BSPO), Barangay Social Workers (BSW), and librarians.
“Sila po ay nagpakitang gilas kung gaano sila kagaling sa pagluto, at ito po ang in-line with the Nutrition Month Activity. Sila po ang magluluto ng mas masustansiyang lutuing bahay na good for six month old child to senior citizen, kasi tayong mga Filipino ay mahihilig sa extended family,” the Nutrition Office’s chief said.
Fernandez said the meal contest's entry should be a complementary food for a six month old tot.
“Pero ini-screen po namin iyan. Siyempre, hinde naman lahat puwede ikain ng child hinde maanghang kaya dumaan ho sa screening kung ano ang kanilang recipe,” she stressed.
She said members of the persons with disability (PWD) attended the cook fest, too.
Fernandez cited the fest has no winner and no prizes that await the contestants as they were only a showcase for the public.
She said the city government did not bankroll the cook fest as there were countless sponsors who paid the tab.
“Halos lahat ginastos diyan bale iyong mga sponsors natin bigla na lang sila dumating hinde po natin ini-expect”.
Sponsors, according to Fernandez, were Solaire, ABS Distribution, and others.
Fernandez was appointed last year by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as Nutrition Office’s chief after its former head Lea Aquino was plucked to head the Population Office.