Adamson cooks up international food event

Date Posted: March 1, 2019 at 09:05 AM

Culinary delights, especially international food, figures annually in a major university celebration.

The Taste of the World at Adamson, a food adventure with international students, was served up to the university community at the ST Quadrangle last February 20, 2019 as part of the Foundation Week activities. Several booths presenting an array of mouth-watering dishes were set up by the school’s 300 or so international students, by embassies and by selected food outlet operators. Kabab koobideh, dadar gulung, ibirayi byokeje, nasi goreng sate, and phad Thai were some of the food displayed in the booths. Some were for sale but a good number could be had for free. 

Aside from being a food festival, the event was also a showcase of the international students’ respective cultures. It featured an international song competition and some students donned their country’s native costumes. The AdU Gravity Set dance group and AdU Brass Band added more color to the occasion.

What set this year’s food event apart from previous ones was the participation of several guests from the embassies of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO). The diplomatic guests were H.E. Ambassador Asad Alam Siam, Mr. Mohammed Arafat Rahman (Second Secretary), and Mr. Suman Chandra Sarker (Administrative Officer for Accounts) from the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; Ms. Lili Nurlaili (Education and Cultural Attache), Mr. Wiweko Tegu (Minister Councilor – Social and Cultural Section) and  Mr. Agus Buana  (Second Secretary – Social and Cultural Section) from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia; Mr. Mohammad Jafarimalak (Cultural Counselor) from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Minister James Chu (Deputy Representative, with Madame Mei-Ming Chu), Mr. Jerry Chuang (Director, Press Division, with spouse Ms. Rebecca Lu), and Dr. David Lee (Senior Assistant, Education Division) from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. They were accompanied by some of their embassy staff.

Sixteen Japanese students and their professors from the Nagoya University for Foreign Studies also attended the festival. In Adamson for a three-week Mobility program that includes English lessons, they set up their own booth that offered tasting of the famous stone-ground Mathca tea and Japanese calligraphy session.

University President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM and other administrators graced the event. His welcome remarks was, to suit the occasion, “short and sweet.” The Office for University Relations, headed by its director Sr. Maruja S. Padre Juan, MSCS, organized the event in coordination with the International Students’ Association of Adamson (ISAAD).