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Nutritious malunggay-based recipe wins 2007 Agri-Cookfest

by Dr. Marlowe U. Aquino


Winning recipe: Malunggay combo with malunggay and carrot juice

Innovative, authentic, affordable and nutritious malunggay-based recipes are the important factors necessary to win this contest.  This was shown by the creativity and artistry skills of Nieva Josefina M. Marcelino and Jonnah Laine V. Toy for their winning recipe, malunggay combo with malunggay and carrot juice.

The winning recipe was prepared by the students from Florentino Torres High School in Tondo, Manila. It includes malunggay leaves and fruit as main ingredients due to their nutritional value together with sweet potato, carrot pulp and milk, butter, onions, garlic and sugar to taste.  For the juice, a combination of malunggay, carrot juice and calamansi with sugar were blended to complement the combo.

The vegetable jardenera recipe prepared by Joanne Cammille De Luna and Ma. Vanilyn Bilbao of Pasay South High School won the first runner-up and the malunggay California maki recipe by Rowena M. Anislagon and Edgelyn M. Garcia of the Holy Spirit National High School of Quezon City.

Winners were annouced during the awarding of the O! May Gulay Cooking Contest on 6 October 2007 during the AgriLink/AquaLink/FoodLink celebration at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila.

The grand winner received Php 20,000 plus an exposure trip to Baguio for the whole class, a trophy and some special awards.

The first and second runners-up received Php 15,000 plus an exposure trip to Tagaytay for the whole class, and a trophy; and Php 10,000 and a trophy, respectively.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap awarded the cash prices and personally congratulated the winners.