The Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) recently launched KUMBIRA MASTERS, the 23rd Edition of Kumbira, the annual culinary show and competition which will take place on August 14-16, 2019 at The Atrium of the Limketkai Center, in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City.

This year’s theme will be: The Food Baskets of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP) and aims to promote cuisines of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the flavors and regional recipes of Mindanao cuisine. Other objectives include appreciation and application of indigenous ingredients in local recipes, hone culinary skills and new techniques and technologies in developing local cuisine, and promote skills certification to professionalize the hospitality industry.

Aside from the usual culinary skills competitions, it will also showcase exhibits and cooking demonstrations by country, and the different regions of Mindanao, promote local food products, ingredients, and other produce through food tasting, and series of seminar lectures/demo by Chef experts and judges of KUMBIRA, food-related technology and skills certification and requirements of the different countries.

The Kumbira Masters 2019 Grand Launching held last July 3, 2019 at the activity center of Ayala Centrio Mall was attended by members of COHARA and other invited guests.

Meanwhile, check out the culinary skills competition categories below.







For inquiries, you can visit KUMBIRA SECRETARIAT, Ms. Nollie Arguelles at 8B NeoCentral Arcade, Cugman Highway, Cagayan de Oro City or contact at +63 (88) 858-1705 or +63 (0917) 670 0517 or send email to Complete details below.

with photos by Kim Zaldivar

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