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September 4, 2014 - In celebration of the 65 years of friendship between the Philippines and Indonesia, the Embassy of the Philippines through the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Trade Investment Center-Jakarta (PTIC-Jakarta), organized a week-long food festival featuring traditional and modern contemporary Philippine cuisine at the Satoo Restaurant of Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta, from 3 -10 September 2014.

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The Philippines’ acclaimed chef, Jam Melchor, noted for his accomplishments as the executive chef and owner of Bite Contemporary Cuisine and Healthy Eats Manila, flew in from Manila to showcase an array of the Philippines’ best dishes to promote the country’s cuisine to Indonesian society.

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A side event for importers and retailers in Indonesia was also carried out by the Department of Agriculture and PTIC-Jakarta as part of the festivities and campaign to promote Philippine export-ready products to major importers and retailers in Indonesia.

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The Philippines featured Mama Sita’s sauces and mixes, Destileria Limtuaco’s spirits and tropical liquors, and Brandexports Philippines Incorporated’s various processed, fresh and seafood products.

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Among the best sellers during the importers day promotion was the pili nut, polvoron, mango jam, dried mangoes and manille tropical liquor.

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Alma Argayoso, the Philippine’s trade representative to Indonesia said that ” the food festival is one of our strategic ways to strengthen our bilateral relations with Indonesia, by way of sharing stories about our long years of friendship with Indonesia over a good meal of Filipino food.”

“Indonesia is also one of the biggest trading partners of the Philippines in ASEAN and is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia. We would like to increase the share of Philippine food exports to Indonesia by actively promoting our cuisine and participating in major food shows in Indonesia,” Argayoso added.

Linamnam! Flavours of the Philippines was also made possible by the country’s air transport flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta, San Miguel Corporation, Dole Philippines, Navarro’s Sweets, Hop Polvoron, Green Leaves, Wrapsody Pili Products, Choco Vron, Y Nut, Alter Trade, Orich, Dalisay Sweets, Mother’s Best and Antonio Pueo Incorporada.