28 years
Community Service
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
Celebrity chef Segismundo presents Flavours of the Philippines in Sydney

By Marilie Bomediano
August 7, 2016


Sydney: The Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Grace Hotel Sydney once again proudly celebrated  The Flavours of the Philippines on  its 10th Anniversary for two weeks that commenced last  July 28, at the heritage hotel’s Grace Brasserie.

“The Flavours of the Philippines Food Festival is a celebration of the strengthening relations between Australia and the Philippines which has continued for the past 7 years, DOT Attaché Norjamin Delos Reyes said

Australia is currently the Philippines’ fifth largest market source with a total of 241, 187 arrivals from January to December 2015. We hope that Australians enjoy the very best of the Philippines’ culinary delights over the next two weeks.

Events like this help celebrate the growing bonds between our two countries”, DOT Attaché Ms. Delos Reyes added.

Celebrity chef-author and restauranteur Myrna Dizon Segismundo,  a UP Dilliman  Batangueña alumna in Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant and Administration  has  internationally served as an ambassador for the traditional Philippine cuisine alongside  with other three chefs.

Chef Myrna Segismundo looks up on restauranteur-chef Glenda Barreto of the Via Mare chain! Segismundo and her team uses no MSG in their cooking.

Chef Anne San Diego who  specializes in continental and Asian Cuisine, equipped in advertising by  Mayknoll College, Manila  and culinary trainings from Peter Kump’s Culinary School of New York and Thai Cooking School of Bangkok Thailand.

Chef Mariano  Catamin Jr. is the current Chef de Partie of Restaurant 9501, the exclusive corporate dining of ABS-CBN, the largest broadcasting network in the Philippines, where he was always invited to assist Chef Segismundo to hold promotions and cooking demos around the Philippines alongside with  colleague Chef Raul Ramos, who also received countless accolades from international gourmet societies like Chaine de Rotisseurs and International Wine and Food Society.

Looking back, chef  Segismundo recently retired from the exclusive executive unique corporate dining of  the Lopez family’s ABS-CBN Corporation, now works out of her private kitchen studio called New Manila where she does consultancy and recipe development.
She was managing director of Restaurant 9501, the exclusive executive dining restaurant of ABS-CBN Corporation, the biggest broadcast network in the Philippines, and the Sign of the Anvil Restaurant of the former PCIBANK Head office, now Banco de Oro. These multi-awarded corporate dining restaurants specialize in both Filipino and International Cuisines.
She was also a  part of  the ABS-CBN TV media network on her culinary travel show advocacy as she explains:
"My latest experience is in corporate dining, it is a unique operation and that there is no cuisine or style of cooking that defines it”, celebrity chef Myrna Segismundo said

Segismundo’s work has led her to become the editor-in-chief of a culinary monthly magazine called Foodie.  She was also host of 2 cooking shows, Chef TV – The Foodshow, and Foodie Cooking Show, and is presently host of a culinary travel show entitled Fork in the Road on ABS-CBN’s Lifestyle Network. 

She has 2 books to her name: The Party Cookbookand her second book, Philippine Cuisine, home-cooked recipes wherever you may be.   Myrna is one of the 6 participating chef authors of “Kulinarya:  A Guide to Philippine Cooking,” a new book/manual supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism that aims to promote Filipino cuisine.

Her professional experiences also include work stints in hotels in the Philippines and overseas (Waldorf Astoria Hotel, St. Moritz Hotel on-the-Park, Sheraton Centre Hotel, all in NYC; Manila Hilton International in the Philippines).

She has also served in various capacities in the board of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), is often invited to guest in TV talk shows and regularly invited as culinary judge and lecturer/speaker. 

She is the organizer/chair of The National Food Showdown, an annual culinary competitionin the Philippines that aims to elevate the culinary skills of chefs and students in the hospitality trade.  She was also Chairman of Chefs on Parade of the HRAP. 

She is a founding member of the International Wine and Food Society (Manila Ladies Branch).  She was also a member of the Chaine de Rotisseurs with the rank of Maitre d’ Hotel.

She advocates the preservation of traditional Filipino cooking and has spread the flavors of her country’s cuisine through yearly food festivals in 5-star hotels both in the Philippines and abroad, as well as through her research, her writings and her support of organizations that have the same goal.  Segismundo constantly experiments with ways to improve preparation techniques and presentation so that Filipino cuisine can gain the international attention it deserves.

She has held Filipino Food Festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, India, Israel, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.   She is part of the Philippine Airlines’ Pinoy Chef Brigade Program which aims to promote Philippine cuisine.

Trip to Palawan  with Philippine Airlines (The Heart of the Filipino) as the major prize for the diners is exciting fun, don’t you think? so……. join now!

For more information and buffet times & prices please visit our website www.gracehotel.com.au or call the Grace  Brasserie on 9272 6670 .

    MoreSmiles of Talim-Laguna de Bay
    Alvin Gian Ocampo

    We are a smiling people, smiles are everywhere, but more often than not, they are not real smiles, just plastic, fake, murang peke. But when we visited that seemingly isolated island of Talim in the middle of Laguna de Bay, it was different. Their smiles told us everything!
    MoreAPCO-led ASCON hosts multicultural seniors Grow Young festival
    Richard J. Ford

    The Auburn Small Community Organisation Network Inc (ASCON) that is currently led by APCO Founding President, Dr Cen Amores, organised a Dooleys’ Clubgrant-funded festival for seniors at Berala Community Centre on 4 March 2017. DOOLEYS also provided free buses from Auburn and Lidcombe train stations to Berala and back.
    MoreAPCO joins ECC-NSW at Premier’s Harmony Dinner 2017
    Richard J. Ford

    Dubbed as the biggest annual celebration of cultural diversity in NSW, the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner was attended by 1,500...
    More17 Couples Graduated at Prince of Peace Church in Scarborough
    Manuel Papa

    Prince of Peace Parish presented the MPC Class Certificates to the 17 young couples who recently graduated on their Marriage...
    MoreKnights of Columbus Council # 9144 initiated 27 new Knights to their First Degree of the Order
    Manuel Papa

    Prince of Peace Council # 9144 initiated twenty-seven new Knight to the  First Degree of  the Order.
    Ric de Vera

    The state of New South Wales in Australia won back-to-back the Fil-Aussie Interstate Friendship golf tournament held for four days...
    MoreStichting Bayanihan (Netherlands) Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017
    Myra Colis and Yukari Shiozaki

    Filipinas, Dare to Use Your Strength!
    Every year, Stichting Bayanihan celebrates the International Women’s Day in line...
    Edwin C. Mercurio

    For the 4th year in a row, Singapore is top on the list for the most expensive city to live...
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.


    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.