A bright light in the time of a pandemic
Filinvest City’s 30-foot Christmas tree in Spectrum Linear Park
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A bright light in the time of a pandemic

THE PEPPER MILL - Pepper Teehankee (The Philippine Star) - December 31, 2020 - 12:00am

A mid the pandemic, Filinvest City lit up the holidays with its “Be the Light” virtual event. The celebration kicked off by paying tribute to frontliners and modern-day heroes.

Filinvest City encouraged the community to always look at the brighter side with its Christmas video-making online contest that featured various frontliners who work in the township. During the show hosted by Sam YG, the top five entries were revealed. Angela Pangilinan won the contest with her video, which told the story of the determined, long-time security guard Arnel Pastor. Her entry was also dubbed the People’s Choice Award. Pangilinan received a total of P25,000 in cash. Finalists Justine Sarmiento and Precious Joy Matorre were named runners-up and received P15,000 and P10,000, respectively.

Filinvest City vice president for townships Don Ubaldo

The show also featured musical performances from some OPM bands that fans could watch from their own homes as Silent Sanctuary, Gracenote and Sandwich performed Christmas songs and some of their respective hits.

Silent Sanctuary

Filinvest City is known to be the go-to Christmas destination in the metro south and viewers were able to catch its dazzling lights and the 30-foot Christmas tree at the Spectrum Linear Park. Concluding the show was Filinvest City’s official tribute video — in honor of today’s heroes for their courage and sacrifice to serve and protect the community — featuring the song Kaleidoscope World by Francis Magalona.


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Rewatch clips from the Be the Light event at Filinvest City’s Facebook page @FilinvestCityOFFICIAL or visit its website at www.filinvestcity.com.

CCA student Diana Castañeda mise en place

CCA manila “e-nnovates” with rouxbe

The Center for Culinary Arts, Manila (CCA Manila), a culinary school around for more than two decades, introduces a partnership with Rouxbe, the world’s leading online culinary school.

Rouxbe can be found in the kitchens of homes, schools and restaurants in 180 countries. It has trained over 600,000 students since its founding in 2005. It is also espousing plant-based and wellness education and their programs are recognized by both the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and by Worldchefs as approved training programs.

CCA student Diana Castañeda seafood dish

Rouxbe’s chief culinary officer Ken Rubin said, “We saw an opportunity to partner with a well-established and respected culinary institution and we felt it was mutually beneficial to collaborate. The geographic locale of CCA Manila allows Rouxbe to have a greater global reach and creates the opportunity to expand our impact in Southeast Asia.”

CCA Manila student Pauline M. Sarmiento in process

Owner and CEO of CCA Manila Badjie Trinidad said, “CCA Manila is continuously on the lookout for innovations and partnerships that can help Filipino students become the world-class chefs that they dream to be. The Rouxbe partnership only underscores that we continue to provide relevant, effective and innovative education to our students. Aside from culinary students, the Rouxbe platform provides education to at-home chefs, professional chefs, schools, hotels and food establishments.”

The method of instruction is done online via videos. Students receive quick feedback, and have the ability to track learning progress in real-time through a detailed dashboard. Complementary to the program, students will also receive support and mentorship from CCA Manila faculty, live assessments, and have the opportunity to use the kitchen and laboratory facilities of the school.

CCA Manila student Pauline M. Sarmiento finished product

The pandemic has created various challenges including a significant barrier to in-person learning that an online option can help alleviate. Trinidad added, “Even though the pandemic disrupted the traditional learning in the kitchen, it doesn’t prevent us from bringing learning right to your kitchens.”

For inquiries, please email: talktous@cca-manila.edu.ph or call: 0917-840-8400. Visit https://cca-manila.edu.ph/.


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