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Goldenstate College’s Tuna Festival Skills Olympics: Celebrating the Finest 12th of Culinary and Restaurateur Expertise
 
 

The Tuna festival is an annual celebration in General Santos centered on prospering the tuna industry of the city, branded as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, the festival hit its 19th year of celebrating the occasion.

One officially recognized activity of the celebration is the Annual Tuna Skills Olympics Organized by the Goldenstate College Inc. Spearheaded by the college’s Vice President for Academics Dr. Josie Yap- Tirador along with its generous partners, the Local Government of General Santos City, Philippine Fisheries and Development Authority, Tuna Festival Council, KCC and Veranza Mall of Gensan.  The Tuna Skills Olympics has marked its dozen year of cook off and hospitality competition. The event is centered on highlighting the Tuna recipe traditions revered in modern hospitality concept. The two day event which was started on August 31, 2017 has both high school and college participants competing on various categories.

Taking place at KCC Convention Center and started promptly at 9:00 a.m. the program was officially opened by a ceremonial ribbon cutting headed by the Goldenstate College President Dr. Warren A. Manilay, MNSA and General Santos City Mayor Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera along with invited prominent judges for the event.

In his welcome address, Dr. Warren pointed out the reason in celebrating this annual event, he said that the students will mostly benefit from it since it will give them exposure and enhance their Culinary talents and will prepare them on further study or career in hospitality industry, the College President also emphasized that prominent judges were invited all the way from Davao, Manila, Singapore, and Malaysia to assess and judge the competition. Furthermore, he also mentioned that none from the judges were residents of the locality in order to ensure fairness and unbiased results, which is also the main objective of the event to maintain its integrity. Hon. Mayor Rivera, delivered an inspirational message and recognized the presence of everyone especially, the students and teachers who participated in the different culinary competitions. With that, Dr. Josie Yap- Tirador, MBA, introduced the different participating school, the judges, and officially opened the competition.

Tuna Festival enthusiasts were spoilt with amazing tuna cuisines, beautiful set up and amazing restaurateur talents. The participants for both high school category and college category did not only come from General Santos City but also from neighboring places.


HIGH SCHOOL- FIRST DAY
  • Christian School of Polomolok (TEAM A&B)
  • Ireneo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadianggas (TEAM A&B)
  • Gen. Santos City National High School ( TEAM A&B)
  • SPED Alabel (TEAM A&B)
  • Bula National School of Fisheries (TEAM A&B)
  • Malandag National High School (TEAM A)
  • GSC SPED Integrated School
  • Holy Trinity College – H/S Department (TEAM A&B)
  • NDDU-IBED
  • Mindanao State University - CETD
  • Villamor College – H/S Department (TEAM A&B)
  • BEST College – H/S Department (TEAM A&B)
  • Alabel National High School
  • Passionist College – H/S Department
  • New Era University (TEAM A&B)
  • Lagao National High School
  • STI College – H/S Department
  • Stratford International School – H/S Department
  • Upper Labay National High School (TEAM A&B)
  • St.Mary’s College of Bansalan – H/S Department
  • Philippine Women’s College – H/S Department (TEAM A&B)
  • Buayan National High School

 

COLLEGE- SECOND DAY

  • Holy Trinity College (TEAM A&B)
  • Davao Doctor’s College (TEAM A&B)
  • Villamor College (TEAM A&B)
  • St. Mary’s College of Bansalan (TEAM A&B)
  • Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A&B)
  • Assumption College of Davao
  • University of Southern Mindanao
  • Brokenshire College of Davao
  • Regency Polytechnic College Koronadal
  • Goldenstate College – BSHRM 4 (MWF)             
  • Goldenstate College – BSHRM 4 (TTH)
  • Goldenstate College – BSHRM 3

 

Table Setting for College Category, was first to finish for the first day event line up, Stellar set ups were showcased early ranging from attractive themed creation to unique regional concepts. It was an additional decoration to the event that flaunts the skills of the students with their chosen theme. There were three events in the morning held at KCC Convention Center, to wit: Table Napkin Folding, Cake Decorating, Fruit and Vegetable Carving. Competitors were all set and was given time to prepare. There were also three events in the afternoon in the same place, namely: Bartending, Flower Arrangement, and Table Skirting with centrepiece. All events were intended to show the skills of the students from participating schools.

Kimberly Anne C. Peruda, a grade 10 student from Malandag National High school who’s competing for the second time, described the event as something that will exciting and new each year. As the event is ongoing at convention, simultaneous events were also taking place at Veranza Al Fresco, the venue was intended for the cooking competition, specifically: Tuna Pasta Salad, Tuna Salad and Market Basket and Flavors of Asia, Fruits and Berries to drink for the college category.

The spirit is even higher on the second day of the competition since it is allocated for College category. Students showcased higher level skills and others showed intricate details in their presentation of output.

Also, the students of Goldenstate Little College both from Malakas and Lagao Campus, the basic education department of Goldenstate College Inc. cheerfully participated to show off their talents in cupcake design, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the event as it gives the little foodies try to give fun on making food and give exciting transformation on food they prepare. Proving that even at such a young age they’ve got talents too. Right after the performance, the competition simultaneously started both at KCC Convention and Veranza Al Fresco.

Listed below are the winners of the different competitions both in High School and College Category:

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY

COLLEGE CATEGORY

  • TABLE NAPKIN FOLDING

3rd BEST COLLEGE (TEAM A)
2nd Malandag National High School (TEAM A)
1st Malandag National High School (TEAM B)

  • TABLE NAPKIN FOLDING

3rd Davao Doctors College (TEAM B)
2nd Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)
1st Regency Polytechnic College Koronadal

  • CAKE DECORATING

3rd Alabel National High School
2nd STI College H/S Dept.
1st New Era Univeristy (Team B)

  • CAKE DECORATING

3rd Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)
2nd Holy Trinity College (TEAM A)
1st Assumption College of Davao

  • FRUIT AND VEGETABLES CARVING

3rd  Ireneo L. Santiago Nat. High School
2nd Holy Trinity College H/S dept. (TEAM B)
1st Malandag National High School (TEAM A)

  • FRUIT AND VEGETABLES CARVING

3rd Regency Polytechnic College Koronadal
2nd Villamor College (TEAM A)
1st University of Southern Mindanao

  • TUNA PASTA SALAD

3rd SPED Alabel (TEAM A)
2nd Malandag National High School (TEAM A)
1st Holy Trinity College (TEAM B)

  • TUNA PASTA SALAD

3rd Davao Doctors College (TEAM B)
2nd Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)
1st Villamor College (TEAM A)

  • TUNA SALAD

3rd BEST College of Polomolok (TEAM A)
2nd New Era University (TEAM A)
1st Lagao National High School

  • TUNA SALAD

3rd Villamor College (TEAM B)
2nd Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)
1st Davao Doctors College (TEAM B)

  • TABLE SKIRTING

3rd Malandag National High School (TEAM B)
2nd New Era University (TEAM B)
1st Malandag National High School (TEAM A)

  • TABLE SKIRTING

3rd  Assumption College of Davao
2nd University of Southern Mindanao
1st Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)

  • TABLE SKIRTING w/ Centrepiece

3rd Regency Polytechnic College Koronadal
2nd University of Southern Mindanao
1st Villamor College (TEAM A)

  • GRAND FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

3rd Holy Trinity College H/S Dept.
2nd BEST College of Polomolok (TEAM A)
1st Holy Trinity College (TEAM A)

  • GRAND FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

3rd St. Mary’s College of Bansalan (TEAM A)
2nd Villamor College (TEAM A)
1st Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)

  • BARTENDING COMPETITION

3rd Malandag National High School (TEAM A)
2nd BEST College of Polomolok (TEAM B)
1st BEST College of Polomolok (TEAM A)

  • BARTENDING COMPETITION

3rd Assumption College of Davao
2nd University of Southern Mindanao
1st Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)

  • MARKET BASKET COMPETITION

3rd Irineo L. Santiago Nat. High School (TEAM B)
2nd Gen. Santos City Nat. High School  (TEAM B)
1st Holy Trinity College (TEAM B)

  • MARKET BASKET COMPETITION

3rd Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)
2nd Davao Doctors College (TEAM B)
1st University of Southern Mindanao

 

  • TABLE SETTING

3rd Assumption College of Davao
2nd University of Southern Mindanao
1st Philippine Women’s College

 

  • TUNA COOKIE DISPLAY

3rd Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)
2nd University of Southern Mindanao
1st Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)

 

  • FLAVORS OF ASIA (Sandwich/Berries)

3rd Assumption College of Davao
2nd Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)
1st Villamor College (TEAM A)

 

 

The following are the listed Schools who had won for the special awards:

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY

COLLEGE CATEGORY

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
(Tuna Salad Competition)
Holy Trinity College

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
(Cake Decorating)
Assumption College of Davao

OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK AWARD
(Market Basket)
Holy Trinity College (TEAM A)

OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK AWARD
(Market Basket)
Villamor College (TEAM A)

EXCELLENCE AWARD
(Market Basket)
Holy Trinity College (TEAM B)

EXCELLENCE AWARD

  • Consistent in presentation, skills display in all three events; Tuna Pasta Salad, Tuna Salad, Market Basket

Davao Doctors College (TEAM A)

Below are the Final and Official result for the Over-all Champion of the 12th Tuna Skills Olympics:

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY

COLLEGE CATEGORY

2nd with a total award points of 1,676
BEST College of Polomolok (TEAM A)

2nd with a total award points of 2,572
Villamor College  (TEAM A)

1st  with a total award points of 1,726
Malandag National High School

1st  with a total award points of 2,652
Philippine Women’s College (TEAM A)

Over-All Champion 2017
with a total award  points of 1,769
Holy Trinity College (TEAM B)

Over-All Champion 2017
with a total award points of 2,791
University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan

 

            With all the awards listed above, students who participated in the skills Olympics went home winners, not because they won the awards during the two- day competition but because they brought home experience and learning far greater trophies and medals can give.

The judges who at the same time are chefs by profession, also gave advice to the participants, “It’s all about hardwork when you are on the F&B line, at least you have to work 12 hours a day in a week because the work never stops”, Chef David Chia, a Chef and restaurateur from Singapore quoted. He also  told aspiring students chef  who wants a career on  culinary industry  to be always be ahead of things, if you’re not then you’ll lose control of your leadership and when you lose your leadership you lose focus, it’s always about leadership, a role model to play” he added. Another Chef Judge, Chef Christopher G. Carangian, a resident chef and food historian of GMA 7 Unang Hirit and GMA News TV I Juander gave the student participant a piece of guiding advice to carry on, he said that “if someone wants to enter culinary industry, someone should have a passion in cooking and upgrading study skills especially in historical and the modern cuisine. Continue learning, respect your authority especially your mentor”, he added. Before the awarding of the over-all champion, Dr. Warren A. Manilay, MNSA and President of Goldenstate College, gave his message of gratification, thanking all the schools who participated and as well as the judges, part of his message was, “this event is not really for all of you to win, I know all of you had a lot of experience today that you could use as a tool to develop your skills after you graduate from your respective schools. You’re all winners of your lives because of the experiences that everyone gets on this competition, I hope everyone could reminisce this activity for the rest your lives” he said.

            All in all, the event was a successful one, thanks to the untiring efforts of the of the event organizers who worked hard beyond expectation to make the event worthwhile and to make Goldenstate College proud.

- AB English 3rd year



Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting, headed by Dr. Warren A. Manilay and Hon. City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera along with invited prominent guests and judges.

Chef Guru, from left, Chef Christopher G. Carangian (wearing black apparel, a resident Chef of GMA 7), Chef Paris Siomos (International Chef from Greece), Chef Ho Chun Hoe (Executive Sous Chef in Big Box Singapore Pte Ltd), Chef David Chia (Owner and Master Chef of Royal Blossom International Group of Companies).

Tuna Pasta making, High-school Category.

Market Basket College Category, choosing the ingredients that they will be using.

Cake Decorating, participants kneading the dough.

Bartending, contender showing off his skills in flaring and mixing drinks.

Goldenstate Little College, students from all grade levels exposing their cooking skills.

Holy Trinity College, the overall champion in High school category.

University of Southern Mindanao, the overall champion in college category.

The Tabulators of the 12th Tuna Festival Skills Olympics.

The 12th Tuna Festival Skills Olympics’ Event Organizers, Judges, Tabulators and Marshalls along with Dr. Warren A. Manilay MNSA.

 
 
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