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Published October 8, 2020, 1:33 PM

by Jules Vivas

CHAMPION ALL THE WAY Even in the middle of the Covid-19 health crisis Chef Tibong continues to advocate Iloilo cuisine

The Department of Tourism (DOT) VI Western Visayas is among the few organizations that have adapted well to the new normal, thriving in today’s digital shift. The arm of DOT has been active on social media, hosting various online activities that educate people on the culture and other significant topics on the Visayan Islands.

One of the many interesting contents by the government agency is “Kaon Ta sa Iloilo!,” a webinar series that promotes food tourism in the region. Chef Rafael Jardeleza, or as his peers call him, Chef Tibong, will talk about the interesting and great eats found in the capital city hailed as “the heart of the Philippines.” The event aims to virtually engage participants through a cooking demo and discussions from local chefs.

Check out the teaser video:

Chef Tibong is one of the earliest and most prominent advocates of Ilonggo cuisine in the digital era. He is the proud owner of the restaurant Rafael’s La Cocina Del Sur, the organizer of the well-known Ilonggo Night Market and Street Food Hawkers Festival, and the man behind the annual food festivel Sabores de Visayas.

In this afternoon’s session the chef will showcase Ilonggo food as he will cook and share some insights on the matter. “The topic will simply be about Iloilo city, the province recognized as the food haven of the country,” he explains.

Interested participants can still register here:

The program is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be another session tomorrow. If you can’t make it today, the video will also be streamed on DOT VI Western Visayas’ Facebook page.

Aside from the webinar Chef Tibong will be holding cooking demos of lutong bahay or home cooked dishes for everyone online. “I will be releasing cooking videos on Facebook para mas marami ang ma-reach (to reach more audiences), who wants to learn how to prepare traditional Ilonggo heritage cuisine as well as know what’s new in the Iloilo dining scene,” he says.