Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu scoops awards at the recent “Cebu Goes Culinary 2016” hotel competition

Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu scoops awards at the recent “Cebu Goes Culinary 2016” hotel competition

Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu scoops awards at the recent “Cebu Goes Culinary 2016” hotel competition

Cebu, Philippines, 2016-Aug-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu won three Gold medals, two Silver medals, two Bronze medals and eight diplomas in the recently concluded “Cebu Goes Culinary 2016” hotel competition last month.

Held at the Robinsons Galleria the weekend of July 22 and 23, professionals and students in the hospitality industry representing various hotels, resorts and restaurants competed not only with each other but with themselves in creating exceptional original pieces of culinary goodness. This marked the 12th bi-annual event of Cebu Goes Culinary competition organised by the Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC). This year’s theme was “Fruits of the Earth.”

Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu excelled throughout the competition: they participated in 17 categories and receiving an award in 15. By the end of the competition, the hotel came in second place: just one point was the difference between Marco Polo and Shangri-la Mactan, who was the overall champion.

“Marco Polo Plaza is proud of all its associates who had sleepless nights, extended work hours, paid careful attention to details, a lot of planning and brainstorming to provide exceptional entries that are worthy of representing the hotel’s standards – Cebu City’s Finest,” said Julie Najar, General Manager of Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu.

Gold medalists were Juanito Abangan for the Set Menu, Niño Compuesto for the Pralines and Toby Tubog and Franklen Peligro for the Jelly Art Competition. Also a silver medalist, Juanito Abangan soared in the Hot Dish category. Loren Escalante, Diogenis Montecalvo and Ann Caryl Gotingco were also awarded with a silver medal for the very stylish and rustic elegant Table Setting Showpiece. Bronze medalists were Luigi Mangubat for Plated Appetizers and Crisanto Palang, Leah Manguilimotan and Samuel Reloj for the Health & Wellness category.

Diploma achievers were Joel Cabellon and Crisanto Palang for the Cold Buffet Platter, Karl Ramos for the Cold Plated Dessert, Jeah Maglasang and Cyril Billones for the Creative Cakes, Rodel Galvez, Cyril Billones and Toby Tubog for the Chocolate Showpiece, Franz Bermudez, Walter Neri, Godfrey Ngujo for the Chef Wars and Loren Escalante, Robert Abadiano and Cliffor Cabahug for the Dream Team Challenge.

The recently concluded Cebu Goes Culinary 2016 was a very memorable and heartwarming experience. From culinary experts, professionals and hospitality and culinary students to food enthusiasts, the event was definitely exhilarating. The hotel’s achievements during this event reflect the passion that its associates have in serving our guests. Excellent service and a passion to give the best are truly the Marco Polo way of hospitality.

About Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza is considered a landmark in Cebu City. This urban resort hotel for leisure and business travelers is the city’s only deluxe hotel nestled on a hilltop. Elegantly gracing the city’s skyline, Marco Polo Plaza is only 30 minutes away from the Mactan International Airport and a mere 10 minutes away from anywhere else in Cebu City, including the business center and shopping malls. The hotel has 329 well-appointed guest rooms and is home to four restaurants known for offering the best food in town. For more information visit

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Manna Alcaraz
Communications Manager
Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Tel: (032) 253 – 1111

SOURCE: Marco Polo Hotels