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Friday, October 30, 2015

The 'Pinaka-Panalong' delicacies at Bella Vita Lipa, Batangas

Lomi is one of my comfort food that I could have anytime of the day,  the sight and aroma with thick egg noodles,  scrambled egg  pork small cubes, sliced kikiam and shredded vegetables is one lomi that I grew up with in the table. When I feel like a cold is coming, a steaming bowl of lomi is all I need to take the sickness away. When I learned that Batangas is home for lomi, I wonder what makes it different from the one we have here in Manila. I want the Batangas Lomi!

Seafood Lomi

That was when I had a chance to visit Lipa's Bella Vita Land Corp last October 25 at Lipa City, Batangas. They featured  the best restaurants and stores of Lipa City, Batangas, in a fun and friendly cook-off called “Pinaka-panalong Lipa Delicacies” such as lomi, crispy pata, and suman.

The cook-off was held at BellaVita Compound in the city, the festive event was conceptualized to boost Lipa City’s tourism by highlighting its well-loved delicacies, Even as Batangas continues to lure fun seekers and trekkers to its beaches and mountains, respectively, BellaVita Land seeks to showcase Lipa City as a must-see destination for foodies and gourmands, as well.

“BellaVita believes in Lipa City’s huge potential as a tourist draw and we intend to support it in every way possible. We decided on holding this food-centric event because Filipinos are hearty eaters and Lipa’s delicacies are truly delicious—and are deemed as the best in the country,” said Barry Trinidad, BellaVita’s marketing manager.

While the cook-off was on-going, I checked out the units of the property development and had my selfies to their model houses. I inquired for each unit and asked for flyers,

The event affirmed the brand’s commitment to enrich the lives of hardworking Filipinos who dream to have a home they can call their own.

“BellaVita exists to help Filipino people achieve their aspirations in life. We believe that owning a home is every Filipino’s dream so we will earnestly support this goal by offering affordable and quality houses to them,” Trinidad said.

At the “Pinaka-panalong Lipa Delicacies” cook-off, which started at 8 in the morning and ended at 12 noon, all food preparations and the final presentation were done on site.

Attendees and guests had the chance to try all the entries for best lomi, suman, and crispy pata since each contestant provided food for free tasting.

Hailed as the pinaka-panalong lomi by the judges was the lomi of Hanzel Special Lomi House, which happens to be one of the oldest lomi houses in the city. Coming in close were Filian Goto and Lomi House and Benok’s Lomi House, which also served lomi that are to die for.

Meanwhile, it was Filian Goto House who bagged the grand prize for pinaka-panalong crispy pata, while Hanzel Special Lomi House and 3G’s Fat Crackles took home second and third place, respectively.

For pinaka-panalong suman, long-time suman-maker Nida Apenado proved that she already mastered her recipe after taking home the first prize in the category. Making it tough for Apenado were veteran Filipino delicacy vendors Aida Barcelos and the Filian Goto and Lomi House who bagged the second and third prize, respectively.

“The delicacies served today were the best. It was so hard judging because each of the entry has something different to offer. We chose some winners but everyone should be proud because Lipa’s delicacies, in general, are the best out there,” said Bulet Liwag, Sales Operations Officer (South).

The first-ever food competition organized by Amaia was judged by Amaia executives, officials, and some friends from the media, including Liwag, Burt Aurelio, Project Development Team Leader (South); Alain Sazon, Project Development Manager (South); Ruthlea Bijis and Lorna Silava of Lipa BellaVita In-House Sales; and bloggers Jeman Villanueva and Josephine Bonsol.
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