Dine Philippines breaks another leg in the great southern Mindanao. Just recently, great metro Chefs and prominent speakers gathered in The Promonade Ozamiz Misamis Occidental to share knowledge and conduct a seminar to a pool of young minds.  “Inspiring great food business ideas by thinking big.” It’s a two day back to back conference where some of the experts gave tips and advice to the locals of Ozamiz on how to develop their business and encouraged them to enhance the riches of their land.


Lucky to be chosen by Ms. Cherry Burwell, CEO of The Big Difference Communications, I was one of the media people who visited the place and covered the Event dubbed as Dine MisOcc (Misamis Occidental). I took an early off form work then went straight to the Airport. It was more than an hour flight and when our PAL plane landed, I noticed from the window that there’s a crowd awaiting the arrival. “SHAWN!!!!” a big happy smile from a dear sister form a different mother! Quick big hug. It’s the biggest welcome I’ve ever experienced and yeah we were also escorted by cunning policemen along the way. It’s so friggin cool!

We were treated by their local tourism representatives with their delicacies and food innovations during the whole stay. We were also invited to notable places in Misamis Occidental that added the sweetness in our exploration.Special thanks to the great employees of the Provincial Tourism, we certainly had a happy tummy and burping experience!


Dine MissOcc also aims to promote their local businesses that’s why some of them have stalls outside the venue as they showcase their products and introduce their services.

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Suman makers were also given a time to show how they make yummy rice cakes and how this humble business changed lives and improve personal wellness. The ladies exhibited the meticulous process in making this finger like pride of Clarin Misamis Occidental.

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One of the speakers was a young farm hottie. Jai Ferrer is a mid 20 ish lad who stimulated the audience’s perspective in taking advantage of their rich soils by planting on their own backyards and earning from it. In their own dialect, He explained how a single seed with enough effort can provide passive revenue not just for their own pockets but also for their town.

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After each talks, the chefs demonstrated their skills and showed the crowd on how to create great dishes using some of their local produce.

Chef Kalel ended the series with his beverage creations. He made a cocktail drink and a non alcoholic iced tea infused with unconventional ingredients. One of which was named “Awezamiz” by one of the students and it’s actually one of the hashtags I know in promoting their province.

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The event was filled with participants, mainly students, from various universities in Ozamiz. It will not be possible without the great sponsors and contributors. The Big Difference Communications, Department of  Tourism of Misamis Occidental, Johanns Cuisine. Courage Asia, DinePH, BioTune, Philippine Culinary Heritage movement, Foodfinds.com, NegoSentro, ClickTheCity.com, Sprinkle, elim, Magnolia Chicken, Shang’s, Monterey, San Miguel Foods, Gloria Bazar, Park n Go, Monster grill and a lot more.


Watch out for their caravan as they visit more provinces in the Philippines and encourage local food and tourism!



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