Yesterday, your mom, Tina escorted me to the M.E.T.R.O. Awards conducted my the Class 4H4 of College of Tourism, Hospitality Management of University of Sto Tomas which was held at the Le Pavillon, Pasay City. I was invited several weeks ago to be one of the foodie judges to this event that aimed to recognize the best restaurants in the city.
Sorry, anak, we didn’t bring you to the event. Your mom and I know as early as now, you aspire to become a chef and/or a restaurateur one day and this could have inspired you more; but it wasn’t really meant for preschoolers yet.
We arrived at the venue from Quezon City at few minutes after two in the afternoon. Your mom and I were surprised at how these graduating class of CTHM-UST have geared so much for the event. Dress-to-kill lahat sila, anak! They all looked amazing! The ladies were beautiful wearing identical gowns in two-shades of blue with matching earrings and the guys were dashing in their tux similar to the tiniest details like their bow ties. They really have prepared for such activity.
But when the ladies at the reception line greeted us like, “Good afternoon, Sir, Ma’m, PARENTS PO BA KAYO?” Ouch! “Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie”, Do we really looked that old (no pun intended) ? We really are parents, but not of college student/s yet!
Tina and I looked at each other and giggled! She whispered to me, “At least, hindi grandparents!”
Anyway, we were ushered to our table by the person who invited me, Ferdinand Azogue, one of the events organizers and part of their class.
That was one of those 2 Chef Tony’s popcorn given to us as we entered the venue. Remember we brought it home to you as pasalubong? It felt good seated at a table with such label.
The program started on the dot! Several performances of the college students led to the awarding ceremonies proper.
I was told that being one of those judges, who answered their survey forms of the best restos in the Metro weeks before the event, I should also present an award on stage! It was OK until your mom was also asked to accompany me to give the award for Best Restaurant in Pasig City. Tina didn’t expect it that she’ll join me on stage! Nevertheless, we pulled it through. CAFE JUANITA won in that category.
Your mom and I were constantly clapping at our seats when the restaurants I’ve chosen were called one by one on stage! It seemed that my personal preference also reflected that of the panel. The other judges were restaurateur like Steve Tamayo, famous food bloggers, a UST-CTHM Chef & Professor, and other remarkable people in the industry of food and dining.
The winners are : Red of Makati Shangri la for the city of Makati; Heat of EDSA Shangri la for the city of Mandaluyong, Spiral of Sofitel Philippine Plaza for Pasay City, Cafe Ysabel for San Juan, 145 Fahrenheit for Quezon City, Aubergine for Taguig. Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino also won the Little Rascal Award for being the best restaurant that caters to family and children. Aubergine again for the Romeo and Juliet Award having the most romantic ambiance. Mamou at the Fort for the Best New Guy Award, Corner Tree Cafe at Jupiter Street for The Green Mind Award; Circles Events Cafe of Makati Shangri la for the Sky High’s the Limit Award for being the best buffet resto. Bizu Patisserie for being the best dessert place won the The Sweet Kiss Award. But the top awards of the night went to Cafe Ysabel, Bronze Plate Award; Aubergine for Silver Plate Award; and Lolo Dad’s bagged the Gold Plate Award from the METRO!
Most restaurants that we’ve been to are simply the best, hehehehe… You’re one lucky and blessed 5-year-old boy to be exposed to such grandiose dining at an early age! Kami dati, puro fastfoods lang, but we’re not complaining.
I must say to you my son that despite the long program, we were never bored. Why? The UST students afforded to delight us with no less than Phil-Harmonic Orchestra, PDA alumnus-singer Chad Peralta and some DJs of 89.9.
I fell in love again with your mom when I heard the orchestra played MOON RIVER! It’s such a common favorite of ours. Even your Lolo likes it too! I didn’t pass the chance to click my cam on those violinists-members of PHO! I wish we could learn to play violins when you grow older and I hope to join and play with an orchestra! Suntok sa buwan yun, anak, but who knows? I may find time, one of these days, LOL
Then, the meal came over. We were served at our table by the staff of Tamayo’s. It was a 3-course meal consisted of..
a bowl of thin onion soup, a platter of blanched veggies, chicken fillet with cream sauce, a serving of lasagna and a pair of mini slices of roast beef. Then the dessert plate came with, if my palate served me right : two bite-sized samples of a dark chocolate cake and a brownie nut fudge with buco-pandan
The entire meal was decent but nothing extraordinary.
Our dinner was made complete when the waiter asked us if we want to have coffee or tea…
Even though there were flaws in the technical aspects of the production – like the sound system, the poor transmission of music played from CDs, problem of blockings, few delays in the announcement of winners, and the entire program seemed to last forever, I and your mom still commend the entire class 4H4 for staging an event as big as the METRO AWARDS. They got so many established sponsors that helped them out : Folded and Hung, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Careline cosmetics, Goody, ETC channel, Magic 89.9, Pepsi, Silverworks, Ajinomoto, Chef Tony’s Popcorns, Ozeano, Cerealicious, Gasthof, Tamayo’s catering, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and many more!
Your mom even told me, “Noong panahon natin during college, hindi tayo ganyan kagaling! Then I replied, “Iba na mga bata ngayon, sobrang advanced na talaga, sobrang galing na nila!”
As you enter college, Gabby, about 12 years from now, we’ll support you all the way if you’ll wish to enroll in the same school, with the same course.
I and your mom love you always!