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CTHM students to compete in virtual bartending contest

By Sofia Irish Vertucio

Fourth-year CTHM students (from left to right) Andre del Rosario and Marlou Lagman

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management students are set to join a virtual bartending competition to be streamed on Saturday, Dec. 5.

To join the competition, Andre del Rosario and Marlou Lagman both uploaded a five-minute video of themselves while making tiki-inspired cocktails on Toma Sessions’ official Youtube channel.

According to del Rosario, his concoction of sour juices such as tamarind, calamansi, and pineapple, combined with star anise syrup and rum, garnished with mint leaves and pineapple slices reflects his “yearning” for the Thomasian community.

He wanted to make the drink personal to have a connection with his audience. “[W]hen making a drink, dapat personal siya para hindi mahirap i-present sa tao,” del Rosario told TomasinoWeb.

The flavor of his cocktail, according to del Rosario, matches how “sourly” he feels in this pandemic, as he, a graduating student, wanted to spend his remaining days at the University with his friends and blockmates.

He added that joining competitions is a great opportunity for aspiring bartenders to hone their skills while boosting his confidence in communicating with other people, which is an essential skill in the industry

As for Lagman, her cocktail named “Hiwaga” was inspired by the history of tiki. She used Filipino ingredients to make her drink “unique and localized.”

“[I] wanted to dive deeper on the history of Tiki because I wanted my cocktail to be original,” Lagman said.

According to her, she was “surprised” by the outcome of her cocktail because she used a unique combination of local flavors such as ube, mangosteen, coconut, and calamansi.

Lagman said that joining competitions gave her a “different perspective” of what was taught inside the four walls of her UST classroom.

“Competitions gave me a different perspective in what was being taught to me [inside] [the] classrooms which helped increase my knowledge and skills,” Lagman told TomasinoWeb.

Lagman also won a silver medal last year at the National Food Showdown held in Baguio.

The virtual competition began last Nov. 27, with 12 students competing from different colleges and universities.

The virtual competition titled, “Toma Sessions: Virtual Mixology Competition for Students” was organized by Richie Cruz in partnership with Plantation Rum, Apotheke Craft Sprits Co., and Bar Smith. With reports from Cherizza Bautista

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