Fifteen members of the Oman Tourism College Noble Volunteering and Exchange Network engaged in a culinary tourism seminar with the Hotel and Restaurant Technology Department of the different ISAT U campuses on August 14, 2017.
Dr. Jeanneth F. Darroca, HRT Iloilo City Campus Head, explained that the visit’s theme, “Exploring Local and International Culture Through Food,” focused not only on food but in the context of cultures of the two nations. “The guests exchanged culinary ideas and shared their cultural practices with the HRT students and teachers,” she added. Both parties further shared their knowledge in culinary arts through a cooking demo. HRT students demonstrated the process of cooking chicken pancit molo while the Omanis cooked one of their specialties, “makbos digag”- a savory dish of chicken cooked with rice.
The volunteers also stayed in the Gawad Kalinga Village in Batad, Iloilo and constructed a footwalk as their goodwill gift to the residents. The Noble Volunteering and Exchange Network was founded by Dr. Don Anton Balida, Oman Tourism College Co-Corricular Activities Coordinator and a native of Batad, Iloilo.
A memorandum of understanding would soon be formalized between ISAT U and Oman Tourism College. According to Dr. Darroca, a lot of HRT students are now employed in Oman and the recent visit further enhanced the knowledge of the HRT students in international culinary arts.
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