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Myca Salonga

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Myca Salonga is a Chemical Engineering student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Being a 20-something lets her indulge in all that Metro Manila has to offer: Food, Entertainment, Fashion -- all on a student's budget.

Cocina: UP Diliman's Own Food Bazaar

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 6:35 a.m.
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 Banchetto and Mercato are known for bringing different food to the midnight crowd. In UP Diliman, however, there is one food bazaar that was made by students for students. Enter, Cocina.

Cocina is the Spanish word for Kitchen. It's a fitting title to the first ever open food bazaar in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. It was held last August 18, 2011 at the Bahay ng Alumni. The venue itself is known for its other culinary delights such as the Chocolate Kiss, Trigo Cafe and ROC. Now, it was open to outsiders who wished to introduce UP students and residents to their own brand of food.

It was organized by the UP Junior Marketing Association to benefit KIDS (Kids Integrated Development through Schooling). Not only were they able to combine food and fun under one roof, they did it for a cause. Their end-goal was to bring together food enthusiasts and concessionaires as part of this semester's Entrepreneurial Project. Aside from the food, venue and freebies, UP JMA was also able to provide entertainment in the form of acoustic music. The sounds serenaded the happy customers for the whole day.

"Great food with great company" was this event's tagline. Truly, it was able to marry one's love of food with a good atmosphere and relaxed mood. Even if the visitors quickly rose to the hundreds, the vibe remained inviting and cozy. There was something for every discriminating taste from savory burgers to sinful cookies, from soothing tea to generous barbeque. It was impossible to leave Cocina without a full stomach and a happy smile.

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