J-Mar Christian Tacad of the CSU Andrews takes pride of his
awards being the champion in the first ever CEZA Flair Bartending
competition. (Photo courtesy from his FB account)
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 19 (PIA) - Three students from the Cagayan State University emerged victorious after winning the top three places in the first ever Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Flair Bartending competition held in this city on Oct. 18.
Organized and initiated by the CEZA, in partnership with San Miguel Corporation and Ginebra Corporation, the competition gathered a total of 16 contestants from CSU Andrews campus, University of St. Louis, International School of Asia and Pacific (ISAP), CSU Lal-lo campus and CSU Aparri Campus.
J-Mar Christian Tacad of the CSU Andrews was adjudged champion in the said competition after showing his prowess in bartending skills and cocktail mixing. Aside from his P15,000 cash prize and plaque, he also received the Best Flair Bartender award with a cash prize of P15,000.00.
Tacad who is a Hospitality Industry Management (HIM) student of the CSU Andrews, before joining the said competition, had also the chance to represent CSU in the recently concluded 1st National Inter-school Skills competition last September in Manila.
On the other hand, CSU Lal-lo's bet Mark Querobin Real and CSU Andrews' rep Mark Angelo Bautista won the second and third places with cash prizes of P10,000.00 and P7,500.00, respectively. Real also received an additional P15,000 for his Best Original Cocktail Mix award.
The non-winners also received P 5,000.00 each as consolation prize.
For his part, Leonardo C. Cruz, head technical assistant and OIC head of Cagayan offices said, the competition aimed to find out and harness the bartending skills of young Cagayanos especially those graduating students from SUCs and HEIS in the province.
"As a result of this competition, we would like to find out who among the students are the best because this will serve as a starting point for them to look into further opportunities," said Cruz.
Cruz added that Santa Ana being the number 1 tourism destination in Region 2, is home to many hotels and resorts and with the booming tourism industry in the locality, he expects that more are coming.
"Since more [hotels and resorts] are coming, definitely these establishments will be looking for more HIM graduates. Our sponsors are here and it is good that they will witness first hand how good Cagayanos are in bartending," Cruz said in his message.
Promotion of local products
The CEZA said the competition did not only provide an opportunity to showcase the bartending skills of Cagayanos but also one way to promote the local produce/products of the province.
Cruz said they made sure that part of the guideline is the inclusion of local produce in their cocktail mix such as banana, dragon fruit, pinepapple, among others.
"The particular cocktail mix prepared by the contestants will definitely be used as signature drinks for our hotel and resorts association in the town," Cruz highlighted.
CEZA hopes that the competition will be held annually and be opened to all HIM students from the Northern Luzon. (MDCT/PIA-2)