SEA Games caterer denies serving ‘kikiam’

Published November 27, 2019, 10:06 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Noreen Jazul 

The hotel housing and catering to the Southeast Asian (SEA) games delegates in the South Luzon and La Union (SOLU) cluster denied serving their guests kikiam for breakfast.

WhiteWoods Hotel President Edgardo Capulong, in a letter to William Ramirez, chef de mission of Team Philippines, clarified that what was served to the delegates were chicken sausage and not kikiam.

On November 25, Let Dimzon, coach of the national women’s football team, claimed that the hotel served the kiksilog (kikiam, fried rice, and egg) to the guest for breakfast.

Capulong told Ramirez that the hotel have “proofs” that they did not serve kikiam, and it was not part of their menu.

“We have proofs of this and the Phisgoc (Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee) food audit team in the hotel that are on top of the food inspection during, before and after cooking and during meal time, can attest to the fact that it was not ‘Kikiam’,” Capulong wrote.

“The other Pinoy athletes also know that they ate Chicken Sausage. We never served kikiam because we do not have it and it is not part of our contract,” the hotel president continued.

The Philippine Team, Capulong added, violated an agreement about not serving pork products by buying “Baliwag Lechon for dinner” without coordinating with the food audit committee.

“It is a clear violation of our agreement that no oil, pork be served due to the sensitivity issue with our Muslim brothers/athletes,” Capulong wrote.

Capulong said it’s disheartening to see that the Filipino athletes were “the very first one to destroy our dignity as Filipinos.”

“Where is our sense of nationalism? What is the point of winning gold for our country if we recklessly destroy other people and our honor as a nation and the Philippines Sports Commission as an institution,” the hotel president wrote.

“All our efforts and undertaking will be in vain because of a few careless, insensitive athletes of ours are spreading wrong info. May this be a lesson to be included in the future formations [of] our athletes,” he added.

The WhiteWoods Hotel posted another statement on their Facebook page denying Dimzon’s claims.

“We serve athletes a buffet that is part of a meal plan prepared by the organizers. For the specific breakfast meal in question, chicken sausage (and not Kikiam), was part of a wider menu that included an omelette station, other assorted sausages, fruits, fresh fruit juices, bread, and rice,” the statement read.

WhiteWoods also said Dimzon has apologized to the hotel staff and management for her “erroneous kikiam comment.”

“This coach admitted that she was not present during the breakfast buffet. She saw the chicken sausage in a plastic container (which is not a hotel container, as we do not use plastic for packed meals) and assumed that this was the full breakfast offering,” they added.

The hotel management also said that news on delayed check-ins was “exaggerated.”

“An athlete delegation arrived earlier than check-in time, and we gave them the option to stay in our un-air-conditioned lobby or in our air-conditioned conference room during the almost 3-hour wait to make it more comfortable for them. They were able to check-in a little later than expected due to another athlete delegation’s late check-out by 2 hours; for this we apologize and have taken measures to ensure that it does not happen again,” the management explained.

The hotel ended their statement on a positive note, saying the entire “experience” has only “strengthened” their love for the country and “our desire to serve our athletes and international delegations as best as we can during their entire stay with us.”

 
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SEA Games caterer denies serving ‘kikiam’

Published November 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul 

The hotel housing and catering to the Southeast Asian (SEA) games delegates in the South Luzon and La Union (SOLU) cluster denied serving their guests kikiam for breakfast.

WhiteWoods Hotel President Edgardo Capulong, in a letter to William Ramirez, chef de mission of Team Philippines, clarified that what was served to the delegates were chicken sausage and not kikiam.

On November 25, Let Dimzon, coach of the national women’s football team, claimed that the hotel served the kiksilog (kikiam, fried rice, and egg) to the guest for breakfast.

Capulong told Ramirez that the hotel have “proofs” that they did not serve kikiam, and it was not part of their menu.

“We have proofs of this and the Phisgoc (Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee) food audit team in the hotel that are on top of the food inspection during, before and after cooking and during meal time, can attest to the fact that it was not ‘Kikiam’,” Capulong wrote.

“The other Pinoy athletes also know that they ate Chicken Sausage. We never served kikiam because we do not have it and it is not part of our contract,” the hotel president continued.

The Philippine Team, Capulong added, violated an agreement about not serving pork products by buying “Baliwag Lechon for dinner” without coordinating with the food audit committee.

“It is a clear violation of our agreement that no oil, pork be served due to the sensitivity issue with our Muslim brothers/athletes,” Capulong wrote.

Capulong said it’s disheartening to see that the Filipino athletes were “the very first one to destroy our dignity as Filipinos.”

“Where is our sense of nationalism? What is the point of winning gold for our country if we recklessly destroy other people and our honor as a nation and the Philippines Sports Commission as an institution,” the hotel president wrote.

“All our efforts and undertaking will be in vain because of a few careless, insensitive athletes of ours are spreading wrong info. May this be a lesson to be included in the future formations [of] our athletes,” he added.

The WhiteWoods Hotel posted another statement on their Facebook page denying Dimzon’s claims.

“We serve athletes a buffet that is part of a meal plan prepared by the organizers. For the specific breakfast meal in question, chicken sausage (and not Kikiam), was part of a wider menu that included an omelette station, other assorted sausages, fruits, fresh fruit juices, bread, and rice,” the statement read.

WhiteWoods also said Dimzon has apologized to the hotel staff and management for her “erroneous kikiam comment.”

“This coach admitted that she was not present during the breakfast buffet. She saw the chicken sausage in a plastic container (which is not a hotel container, as we do not use plastic for packed meals) and assumed that this was the full breakfast offering,” they added.

The hotel management also said that news on delayed check-ins was “exaggerated.”

“An athlete delegation arrived earlier than check-in time, and we gave them the option to stay in our un-air-conditioned lobby or in our air-conditioned conference room during the almost 3-hour wait to make it more comfortable for them. They were able to check-in a little later than expected due to another athlete delegation’s late check-out by 2 hours; for this we apologize and have taken measures to ensure that it does not happen again,” the management explained.

The hotel ended their statement on a positive note, saying the entire “experience” has only “strengthened” their love for the country and “our desire to serve our athletes and international delegations as best as we can during their entire stay with us.”

 
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