I’m a bacon-crispy pata-lechon kawali-pork-sisig kind of girl. I skip the salad when I can and my idea of vegetables is french fries with tomato ketchup. Bad, I know.
But when I am with the Tzu Chi Foundation commissioners, I devour their vegetarian fare with gusto and hardly miss my beloved meat dishes. I cannot forget the first time I tried Sally Yunez’ vegetarian dinuguan, I raved about it non-stop! Judy Lao’s vegetarian kaldereta is another favorite. Every time she cooks, I willingly go out of my way and weave through horrible traffic to get my share. And I remember enjoying a very green and leafy lumpia lunch at her home some months ago. These ladies have changed my concept of healthy and corrected my impression of vegetarian.
When they told me that they’re holding a healthy food festival, I immediately blocked off the dates. I know there’s gonna be a lot of yummy treats!
Dubbed Fiesta Verde, it is scheduled this coming weekend, August 22 to 23, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Metrotent along Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig (in front of Marco Polo Hotel).
There will be several booths offering vegetarian cuisine, nutritious juices, food supplements, fresh produce, fruit preserves, a variety of herbs and a wide range of sustainable and local cooking ingredients. Expect to find plants, organic bath products, and cookbooks too.
The Artists’ Heart painters mentored by Roland Santos, Fernando Sena and Lupicinio “Peter” Ng have donated their works for fund raising. Paintings by Penk Ching, Margie Yu, Imelda Tan, Grace Olores, and Peter Ng will be for sale.
Knowing that the proceeds of the event will go to the Tzu Chi Foundation just makes me want to shop even more. The Tzu Chi Foundation is the most amazing non-profit organization I have encountered. The group is systematic and organized and sees every project through. Everything they do is well thought out, nothing is done haphazardly.
The Tzu Chi Foundation was founded in Taiwan in 1966, it is dedicated to the field of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. Tzu Chi is present in 54 countries. Its Philippine chapter was established in 1994. To date, the Foundation’s contribution to Leyte’s rehabilitation after typhoon Yolanda has amounted to over Php2 Billion.
To know more about Tzu Chi Foundation’s projects, log on to Tzu Chi Foundation’s website
I also wrote about Tzu Chi previously. Here http://nananadal.ph/tzu-chi-means-compassion-relief/