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Philippine Culture and Cuisine Debut at Fuji TV World Buzz Cooking

09 September 2022 – Philippine Embassy in Japan Charge d’ Affaires (CDA) Robespierre L. Bolivar welcomed FUJI TV World Buzz Cooking YouTube Channel host and announcer, Ms. Nagisa Watanabe at the Embassy for a Philippine cultural and culinary experience.

CDA Bolivar first gave Ms. Watanabe a glimpse of the life of Dr. Jose Rizal whose bust is displayed in the Embassy lobby and at Hibiya Park. Ms. Watanabe was delighted to know that the bust at Hibiya Park was installed to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Philippine national hero’s visit to Japan in 1888.

CDA Bolivar also took Ms. Watanabe to the Embassy’s “Sentro Rizal” library where they talked about the books “Kulinarya” and “Patterns for the Filipino Dress”, coffee table books on Philippine cuisine and attire. He informed Ms. Watanabe that the books are included in the package the Embassy is donating to local libraries in Tokyo as part of its ongoing book donation drive which aims to create a better awareness of the Philippines and its people and culture in Japan.

Ms. Watanabe had the opportunity to wear a traditional “baro’t saya” which she highly praised as a “very suitable garment for the summer” because of its airy sleeves. Ms. Watanabe also performed one of the iconic Philippine dances from Quezon Province called “Lanceros de Tayabas”, together with the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Cultural Dance Troupe.

Completing the cultural immersion, CDA Bolivar invited Ms. Watanabe to a culinary experience of well-loved Filipino dishes “kare-kare”, “sariwang lumpia” and “ube flan” prepared by Japan-based Filipino Chef Mareve Inomata.

Ms. Watanabe also had the opportunity to prepare and cook the featured dishes under the supervision of Chef Inomata.

Every Friday for the entire month of September, FUJI TV’s World Buzz Cooking YouTube Channel will take its viewers and followers on an ultimate online cultural journey to the Philippines.

Episode 1 : https://youtu.be/kAw9izp_KOg
Episode 2 : https://youtu.be/hyg_CUgjNY8
Episode 3 : https://youtu.be/IOkI23jqgME
Episode 4 : https://youtu.be/3S_8jb8KgjA