02 July 2019 – Sentro Rizal Singapore of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Mandarin Orchard, Mama Sita’s, Philippine Airlines (PAL), and Arc Gin, successfully organized Fiesta Filipino, a showcase of Filipino cuisine that ran from 22 to 30 June 2019 at the Triple Three dinner buffet of Mandarin Orchard.
The food fest featured Chef Michelle Adrillana with her signature trendy rendition of traditional favorites, such as Sisig, Oxtail Kare-Kare, Adobo Paella with Foie Gras and Crab Fat. Her passion to promote Filipino cuisine has taken her to many countries, such as Australia, China, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Germany, South Korea and now Singapore.
Fiesta Filipino is part of the year-long celebration of the 50 years of friendship between the Philippines and Singapore.
The event had a grand opening on 22 June 2019 that brought together invited guests from the diplomatic corps, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, media representatives and influencers, together with the regular hotel patrons to Triple Three restaurant.
“The Filipino cuisine, like other cuisines from our partners in ASEAN and the wider Asia-Pacific region deserves a rightful place in taste buds of the Singaporeans and the international community,” Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap said in his speech during the opening.
Chef Michelle declared, “Filipino cuisine is not just the next big thing. It’s World Food and we are here to stay!”
After the cocktails, there was a live performance by the internationally-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers (MADZ) at the lobby of Mandarin Orchard, where they performed the Filipino pop song “Ikaw” (You), Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and the Brazilian hit song, “Mas que Nada,” that enthralled the invited guests and the general public.
Guests then proceeded to Triple Three where they were treated to a sampling of the various dishes prepared by Chef Michelle and made even more special by Mama Sita’s mixes, sauce and other special products.
Aside from promoting Filipino cuisine, the event was an opportunity for the Philippine Embassy to make a pitch for Philippine companies, such as Mama Sita’s, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Arc Gin, which was served during the cocktails. The Triple Three restaurant was adorned with posters showing Philippine tourist spots while piped in Filipino songs filled the air to complete the fiesta atmosphere.