Pinoy-owned Bad Saint is second best new restaurant in US


A 24-seater, no-reservation Filipino restaurant in Washington, DC, secured the second highest slot in Bon Appétit magazine’s annual America’s Best New Restaurants list.

Helmed by Filipino-American chef Tom Cunanan and co-owned by Genevieve Villamora and her partner Nick Pimentel, Bad Saint quietly opened in Columbia Heights in September last year.

DC diners fell hard for Filipino favorites like kinilaw (Filipino ceviche) and adobong dilaw (a tangy stew of chicken, turmeric, and burnt coconut).

Bon Appetit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton sang praises for Bad Saint’s okoy, which he said was “was as addictive as a Bloomin’ Onion but 50 times more delicious.”

Okoy is a flavorful Filipino appetizer made from shrimp, sweet potato fritters and other vegetables.

“Their food is personal, but it’s so much more than just dishes they ate as kids. Bad Saint is the kind of place I spend all year searching for,” Knowlton said.

The restaurant’s name was inspired by Saint Malo, the site of the first permanent settlement of Filipinos in the United States.

In early 2015, the team behind Bad Saint started a Kickstarter campaign which helped them raise $41,066 to build the restaurant.

Chef Tom, as noted on Kickstarter, is a veteran of the DC restaurant industry and is one of seven siblings in a working class family in Maryland.

His mother is from Nueva Ecija, while his father is Kapampangan. He has worked at Purple Yam in New York City, one of the pioneers of Filipino restaurant dining in the US that’s branched out in Malate, Manila.

At Bad Saint, enthusiastic gastronomes show up even before doors open at 5:30 p.m. With the recognition from Bon Appetit, lines are bound to get even longer.

No other Filipino restaurant made it to this year’s Bon Appetit list.

This story first appeared on Coconuts Manila.

Source: ABS-CBN

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Pia’s trainers prepare KC’s half-sister for pageant


MANILA – Cloie Syquia Skarne, the half-sister of KC Concepcion, admitted that joining a beauty pageant is something she has always wanted to do.

The daughter of Gabby Concepcion with former magazine editor Jenny Syquia is set to compete in the upcoming Miss Universe Sweden by the end of the month.

Currently, she is in the Philippines to train for the competition under the same people who helped Pia Wurtzbach win the coveted Miss Universe crown.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe, Skarne said chose to train in here because “everyone here is so supportive.”

“I think that’s something that drew me here. And also, there are really good trainers here as well. I think that that could really help me in the Miss Universe Sweden pageant,” she said.

“It’s been fun,” she said of her training. “I’ve been training on walking and question and answer and I’m learning because I didn’t have any training before this pageant. I have no background so it’s all new. I’m just learning all the basics that I’m going to have to need.”

Skarne said she draws strength and confidence from her family who are her biggest supporters.

But does being part of a family of celebrities here in the Philippines also add to the pressure?

“I just think it’s great to try to live up to the expectations although it is hard as well. If anything, it just helps me, motivates me and makes me work harder for my goal,” she said.

If she wins in the pageant, Skarne said she is looking forward to returning to the Philippines next year.

“It will be extremely exciting to be in the Miss Universe pageant that’s going to be here in the Philippines which is also a country that is very close to my heart,” she said.

Source: ABS-CBN

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Duterte reports gains in first 50 days in office

(Via Tempo)

President Duterte will mark his first 50 days in office today with a mix of hits and misses.

Moving away from the traditional 100-day milestone celebration, the Presidential Communications Office has prepared an activity entitled “#50FirstDays” to showcase the President’s achievements from the strong campaign against illegal drugs to the landmark executive order on Freedom of Information.

A documentary on the President’s early days in office, produced by the PCO, will be launched during the program at the Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City.

“We hope President Duterte’s #50FirstDays will inspire every Filipino to become a partner for change as we embark on this journey for a better Philippines,” PCO Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Andanar listed the President’s achievements in the early days in office such as decline in crime volume in July and the mass surrender of drug dependents to authorities.

The government also takes pride of the establishment of a one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers, executive order implementing FOI in the Executive branch, intensified campaign against contractual employment, resumption of peace talks with the communist rebels as well as Muslim rebel groups, and the name-and-shame list of government officials with suspected drug links.

Other achievements are $2.4-billion grant from Japan for the construction of the railway from Manila to Bulacan, the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in 2017, establishment of hotlines for emergencies and citizens’ complaints, and appointment of Leftists to Cabinet positions. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

Source: Tempo

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“Bato vows to get abducted cops back from rebs”


PHILIPPINE National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

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Philippine National director general Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on Monday, the PNP will try the best they can to get back three policemen who were abducted on Sunday by communist rebels in Malimono, Surigao del Norte.

The PNP Chief said they will first talk to them and conduct negotiations before taking physical action. The PNP are willing to do whatever it takes. “If it will take a war to get them out, we will go to war. But we will talk with them first. If they don’t want to listen, we go to war. We cannot allow ourselves to be at the mercy of the enemies of the state,” Dela Rosa said.


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