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It’s raining men (and lechon!) at SM’s welcome party for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015
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Last night, SM Supermalls held a welcome party for Madrid Fusion delegates called SM Fiesta By The Bay.
But they could have also called it A Night of 20 Lechons or Pogi by the Bay.
From the SMX Convention Center, guests of the ongoing Madrid Fusion Manila were shuttled by calesas and jeepneys to SM By The Bay, where a native cocktail set-up was waiting for them.
Meanwhile, Jeroen and I left the house at 6 PM and arrived two hours later due to the monster traffic.
Luckily the weather was perfect and we were welcomed with a festive set-up using indigenous materials like rattan balls, wood trunks, flora and local fruits like lanzones and mangosteen.

SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay

We made our way through many food stations. I started with the shredded catfish salad with green mango

SM Fiesta By The Bay

while Jeroen went for the deepfried catfish wrap

SM Fiesta By The Bay

I’ve heard good things about Manam restaurant and tried their crispy pork in a shot glass of singing

SM Fiesta By The Bay

They served smoke tanigue with herbed mayo

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Orzo and spice tuyo salad with kesong puti

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Jeroen said the fried chorizo balls were nice

SM Fiesta By The Bay

I’m supposed to be on a diet, but imagine my excitement when I heard there were 20 different lechon stations all over the place.

SM Fiesta By The Bay

We started with Pepita’s famous stuffed lechon (this one had salted egg and rice)

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Jeroen and I spent some time standing in front of Elar’s Lechon and picking the skin (sorry!)

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Lydia’s was there

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Mila’s Lechon

Mila's lechon

Charlie’s fried partition served in soft tortilla wraps and special sauce

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Cirkulo’s lechon de leche

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Guests enjoyed music by Katribo Kolektib, percussionists from Pinikpikan, Maguindanao, and Katribu and a special presentation from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Kontra-GaPi, an ethnic music and dance ensemble, set the mood of the night.

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Spotted: Cristalle Belo with a precious clutch

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Chef Claude Tayag

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Lali Hererra and Michaela Fenix

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Chef Him Uy de Baron of Nomama

SM Fiesta By The Bay

Jack de Mesa

Jack de Mesa

and let’s not forget the beautiful AFAMs* that graced the event.

SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay
SM Fiesta By The Bay

Madrid Fusion Manila is on this April 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, featuring Spain and Asia’s legendary chefs: Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramón Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, Paco Torreblanca, André Chiang, and Alvin Leung.
The Philippines is represented by chefs Fernando Aracama, Margarita Forés, J Gamboa, José Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, Bruce Ricketts, Myrna Dizon, Claude Tayag, and Juan Carlos de Terry.

In line with the festive culinary event, SM Supermalls holds a Gourmet Weekend Market from April 24 to 26 at SM Mall of Asia, where a premium selection of cheese, tapas, wine, ingredients, local finds and special bundles shall be made available in partnership with SM Markets (SM Supermarket and Hypermarket).
For a complete schedule of events at SM malls, visit SM Supermalls on Facebook or @smsupermalls on Instagram.
For more information, go to www.madridfusionmanila.com.

Special thanks to Candy Dizon for helping me take these pics 🙂

SM Fiesta By The Bay

*a foreigner assigned in Manila

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  • Jay Lozada

    Cute the asian guy in a blue shirt. Cynthia?

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    CVS Reply:

    thought so too. he is super tall. didn’t get his name

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    Jay Lozada Reply:

    The spanish guy wearing a linen jacket and black pants is Napo Junquera. Es un jugador de futbol en Manila. 😛 So guapo! Pero tiene novia.

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    Guest Reply:

    Parang si Wesley Gonzales, PBA player.

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    Katrina Reply:

    Yep. That’s him. Used to play for Ateneo. And I think I may have revealed my age with that factoid.

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  • Mark

    Hi Ms.C, what camera do you use?

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    CVS Reply:

    Canon S200

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