Sabor Bisaya 2017

Governor Alfredo Maranon and HRANO officers in Sabor Bisaya 2017

SABOR BISAYA 2017: Perfect Combination


July 19-21, 2017
SMX Convention Center

Sabor Bisaya - HRANO officers
HRANO officers with Governor Alfredo Marañon during the opening of Sabor Bisaya yesterday.

Sabor Bisaya is THE Culinary Competition and Food Expo in Bacolod City, Philippines, and its 7th year is now happening at the SMX Convention Center from July 19-21, 2017. It is spearheaded by the Hotel and Restaurants Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO).

HRANO President Sylvia Golez, owner of 18th Street Pala Pala Bacolod Restaurant, said that the main objective of Sabor Bisaya is to expose the local restaurant and hospitality industry to international standards and to share industry resources among peers. While they have already achieved this, she believes that there is still the need to work more, especially in honing the skills of the youth. This year’s theme is “Getting the Perfect Combination” and the HRANO wants to strive to get that perfect combination in ambiance, service, and food so that they can give their best to the world. “When tourists come here, their memory would be their Ilonggo culinary experience.”

Sabor Bisaya - HRANO
Mrs. Sylvia Sanchez, HRANO president.

The opening day was attended by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon and Bacolod Congressman Greg Gasataya. Gov. Marañon encouraged everyone in the industry to work harder and become more diligent in what they do because, “People comes to Negros because of our cuisine. Our food is fresh — from sea to table and farm to table — everything is fresh.” At present, the province of Negros Occidental has been hailed as the organic capital of the Philippines and eventually, the governor hopes, that we will also be known in Asia for the same.

Sabor Bisaya - Governor Alfredo Marañon
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon graced the opening ceremonies of Sabor Bisaya.

The event was made special because of the presence of HRANO founder and first president Mr. Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, who started this group more than 50 years ago.

Sabor Bisaya will have competitions among students and a food expo by different food companies and suppliers. You may also want to catch up with celebrity chefs and have photo opps with them, such as Raul Ramos, Jill Sandique, Martin Kaspar, Jean-Pierre Migne, Penk Ching, Cheong Yan See, Sandy Daza, Raoul Goco, and Emmanuel Torrejon.

Sabor Bisaya is open to the public. Entrance is P50 per person. No kids allowed. If you are a restaurant owner, you may sign up for membership with HRANO at a discounted rate during the expo.

Sabor Bisaya - HRANO
Governor Marañon cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open Sabor Bisaya along with Mr. Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, founder of HRANO, in the presence of Mr. Bobby Magalona, Congressman Greg Gasataya, Ms. Elsie Gonzaga, and Mrs. Sylvia Golez.

Culinary Competition and Food Expo in Bacolod

There will be different events today, including Chef Wars, Creative Cake Decor, Soup Kitchen, Plated Desserts, Wedding Cake, and Table Setting.

The schools that will be joining in the competitions are Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Bacolod Academy for Culinary Arts, College of Arts and Sciences of Asia and the Pacific, Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod, VMA Global College, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Iloilo Sicence and Technology, STI West Negros University, Southland College-Kabankalan, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, St. Therese College, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College.

Meanwhile, the establishments that will compete are L’Fisher Hotel, Barcode, Spanishtown Bakery, MO2 Ice Bacolod, Bacolod 18th St. Palapala Seafood Grill and Restaurant, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Atmos Vape Lounge, Cabalen, Vikings, Eastview, Chateau Al Fresco, and Coffee Culture.

There are also student and faculty seminars.

Sabor Bisaya - del Monte
Del Monte, with its new product Contadina, is one of the exhibitors.
Decouverte and Coffee Culture
Decouverte is giving samples of gourmet coffee by Coffee Culture prepared using their coffee making equipment.

About Sabor Bisaya

Sabor Bisaya is a Culinary Competition and Food Expo that was conceptualized in 2011 by Chef Juan Miguel Gaston, General Manager of Gruppo Uma Food Corporation. In Bacolod, Gruppo Uma is known for its restaurant concepts such as Trattoria Uma and Cafe Uma. Along with Maricar Dabao of Jovial Media Events as the Event Organizer, Sabor Bisaya promised to be an exciting event with the aim of being “The Premier Culinary Competition and Food Expo in Negros Occidental”.

Sabor Bisaya - Ferna
Ferna is one of the long-time sponsors of Sabor Bisaya.
Sabor Bisaya - Italian Food products
Italian Food Products.


12 thoughts on “SABOR BISAYA 2017: Perfect Combination

  1. I love food expos! I had the chance to attend one while I was in Seoul and OMG, it was gastronomically fun! Even my son enjoyed trying food samples during the event, haha!

  2. It must have been quite a treat to taste the dishes from Bacolod. I have never had the chance to try any though I have heard that it’s pretty good. I also like the title of this event coz it’s very different from the normal ones. There is an absolute name recall.

  3. This must be an exciting event! I know dishes from Bacolod are so good. This is a good place to learn and discover more about food and cooking!

  4. I love food-related events because I like seeing experts cook. That’s how I learn how to cook better. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a lot of food tasting too at events like this. 🙂

  5. I love attending tradeshows like this, not boring and I learned a lot. Plus it motivates me to visit their places and travel more!

  6. This looks like a very interesting event to partake in. Anything that features food and good people is all right in my book. It is good to attend events such as this one as it familiarizes you with different Visayan dishes and culinary gems. I sure hope I can attend one of these in the future.

  7. I love to eat and also love to travel and visit places in the metro. For expo like this, aside from taking photos of events, for sure there will be souvenirs that you need to take home. I hope there will be some of these not just Visayan delicacy but mixed – so that other people can also taste the products from other provinces.

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