THE COLLEGE of Education reaped two major awards in the first Umami Culinary Challenge last September 25 at the Events Hall in Makati City.

Nutrition senior Natasha Veron Sales and juniors Marjorie Chua and Harmony Maquilan placed second in the Best Umami Bento Meal category, while senior Anne Billones, junior Alson June Domingo, and sophomore Hannah Co took the silver award in the Umami Buzz Challenge or quiz bee.

The College of the Holy Spirit and Centro Escolar University emerged as champions of the bento meal and quiz bee categories, respectively.

The competition was organized to broaden students’ awareness on “umami” as the “fifth basic taste of human tongue,” along with sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Umami is a Japanese word that means “tasty” or “savory.”

Organized by the Glutamate Association of the Philippines and Ajinomoto Philippines Corp., the event drew over 800 culinary students, teachers, and food enthusiasts from different universities in Manila, Batangas, and Bulacan. Ronalyn M. Umali

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