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Luigi Muhlach boosts a global food trend

LUMU BEERHOUSE AND FILIPINO KITCHEN. Will goat meat be the next big food trend?
At the rate some countries are creating demand for goat meat, now available in supermarkets, new restaurants specializing in goat dishes, and butchered to order and sold by website, it is boosting a global food trend. Where before the meat was avoided for the rancid aftertaste, demand has been rising so the supply line is being beefed up.
When you think of goat meat, exotic Moroccan tagine and Turkish kofta typically come to mind. But did you know that shoulder joints melt like butter when slow-roasted, leg steaks are tender in casseroles and chops are particularly succulent after being cooked on a summer BBQ? Goat meat also makes for delicious garlicky Merguez sausages à la France.
Goat meat makes up 60 per cent of red meat worldwide, but the United Kingdom is one of the few places in the world where it's not commonly eaten. That is slowly changing. Goat meat is now trendy.
Chef Luigi Muhlach recently opened his brand new restaurant named after his acronym, LuMu, in Greenbelt 3, Makati City. Branded as a "Beerhouse & Filipino Kitchen," its Facebook fan page describes it as a "Kambingan. Inuman. Chibugan. Lambingan. Tambayan" — a place to enjoy goat dishes, drinks, food and a place to be with your special someone or for hanging out with friends.
Siblings Kaila and Moira Estrada dropped by to show their support and sample the richness of goat. They sampled the restaurant's specialties, among them a goat barbecue platter, adobong kambing ribs and sausages made of minced goat meat. They were absolutely delighted. The chef's mother, actress Janice de Belen, couldn't be prouder of her son as LUMU's executive chef-owner.
Taste is Chef Luigi's priority. So forget about your eating regimen when savoring his cooking. Each dish from his kitchen is fully loaded with calories, flavors and all the things that make for a sumptuous dining experience.
"I'll let you in on a secret - fat is flavor," Luigi said with pride. "This is why most diet food isn't enjoyable to eat. Sometimes you need to enjoy food as a purely pleasurable thing."
Luigi also opened the LOVE Dish promotion at Resorts World Manila, offering his specialty Sinuglaw sa Aligue at The Terrace, fifth floor, Maxims Hotel and at Bar 360, ground-floor Gaming Area. Fresh tuna cubes are drenched in a vinegar, coconut milk and crab fat concoction, and given a full flavorful kick with siling labuyo and other spices. Served with crisp, paper-thin slivers of chicken skin, the Sinuglaw sa Aligue is an out-of-body experience that will have you reaching for an ice-cold bottle of beer.

PLDT 10TH GABAY GURO PAYS TRIBUTE TO BULACAN TEACHERS. True to PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan's promise of bringing the PLDT Gabay Guro celebrations to the provinces, the much-awaited "Grand Gathering" came all the way to Bulacan to give early holiday treats and pay tribute to the teachers of this historical province last December 9.
The star-studded event was held at the Bulacan Province Capitol Gymnasium where around 4,000 teachers from Meycauayan, San Jose Del Monte, and Malolos gathered for a day full of fun, prizes, and world-class entertainment led by the country's biggest performers - Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Jona and Regine Tolentino with comedians Ate Gay and Regina.
Hosted by actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith, beauty queen MJ Lastimosa and TV personality IC Mendoza, the teachers' tribute was mounted successfully in cooperation with the provincial schools and the local government of Bulacan led by Gov. Willy Sy-Alvarado.
In the morning of Dec. 9, 250 teachers were handpicked to become recipients of two significant seminar-workshops -- Gabay Guro's "Teachers' Treasure Chest" led by Deng Kibanoff and "Teaching in a Digital World" facilitated by Addie Robles.
This is in keeping with the ongoing programs of Gabay Guro that are summed up in the Pillars of Learnings advocated by the men of women behind the foundation. These programs include Scholarships, Livelihood Programs, Housing and Educational Facilities, Broadband and Computerization, Teachers Training and the Teachers' Tribute.
Gabay Guro chairman Chaye Cabal-Revilla and her team of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly behind the scenes for everything that the foundation stands for. It is in these events where teachers get to experience the tribute they deserve. Ms. Revilla says she wouldn't have it any other way.
"We give our all to make our teachers feel special but at the end of the day, we are the ones who feel so much more blessed. The gratitude they show is priceless. It makes everything worth it," she said.
PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan has thrown his all-out support to this endeavor.
"I am extremely proud of Gabay Guro's achievements. They are doing a wonderful job for the Filipino teachers. We plan to increase our teacher-scholars to 10,000 in the next three to five years. The event here in Bulacan is just one of the many regional celebrations that we plan to hold in the near future. So watch out for more," he says.
Gabay Guro on its tenth year carries with it an outstanding history littered with awards and citations that make all of them advocates stand a little taller. Among these are the Gawad Tanglaw award, Anvil Awards and from the Phil. Association of National Advertisers (PANA) and the Philippine Quill Awards.
Ms. Revilla and the Gabay Guro team of visionaries are propelled by this belief: "Our nation's children depend on our nation's teachers to lead them to the future. Gabay Guro has also partnered with local government units to further teacher education by conducting trainings for over 20,000 teachers."
Today, it runs eight training programs for teachers around the country namely: Teacher's Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Training; Computer Literacy; Emotional Intelligence; Teacher's Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching.
Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools. It has also taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.
For more information please visit the Gabay Guro official website www.gabayguro.com, and follow them on twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro.

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