Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco recognized the power of food in bringing people together and promoting cultural heritage and national identity.
Frasco spoke about the Marcos administration’s initiatives on culinary tourism before the World Chefs Asian President’s Forum 2023 attended by delegations of culinary giants from 18 countries.
“I shared the Department of Tourism’s prioritization and programs on culinary tourism under the Marcos Administration, recognizing the power of food to unite and to convey our heritage, culture, and identity as Filipinos,” she said.
Since gastronomy and hospitality go hand-in-hand, Frasco also highlighted the gains of the government’s Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) Program. The project involves the training of more than 61,000 tourism workers from January to July 2023 across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
“Food is important not only because it feeds the stomach but also because it feeds the soul,” she stated.
By supporting culinary traditions, people are instilled with a sense of pride in their roots and understanding of unique identity, according to Frasco.
From fiestas to big or intimate gatherings, she noted that food stands as a comforting companion.
“We’re able to find common ground, a reason for which we unite,” she said.
“For in every celebration, big or small, in every activity, whether it be a fiesta, festival, graduation, wedding, or even a wake, from birth to tomb, food is there to give us the comfort that we need because it’s anchored in a deeply embedded memory,” she added.
Frasco also extended her gratitude to the LTB Philippines Chefs Association and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines. She also thanked the chefs in attendance, citing their passion to promote culinary traditions among the youth.
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