ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, March 14 (PIA) — Department of Trade and Industry – Rizal in cooperation with the Rizal provincial government recently held the Agri-Pangasius Culinary Festival at Antipolo City on March 7 in line with the celebration of Women’s Month and the fourth anniversary of the capitol transfer from Pasig to Antipolo.
DTI Rizal headed by Provincial Director Mercy Parreno invited teams from 11 municipalities and one city of Rizal to help promote both good nutrition and consumption of both products through the said competition. The contestants prepared dishes with kalabasa (squash) and pangasius (a kind of catfish) as main ingredients.
Judges included DTI 4A Regional Director Marilou Toledo, Samahan ng Rizaleno sa Sektor ng Agrikultura at Pagkain President Josephine Cunanan, Pangasius Industry Association of Rizal president Orlando Rico, Rural Improvement Club president Dr. Gloria Serrano, and Willard Endaya of Vitarich Corporation.
Invited guests and provincial employees were also allowed to sample the different dishes.
Taytay won first place for the best kalabasa dish followed by Antipolo City and San Mateo in second and third place while San Mateo won first place for best pangasius dish followed by Teresa and Taytay in second and third place.
Former Rizal Governor Rebecca “Nini” Ynares was also present to give the opening remarks. (GG-PIA4A)