College of Tourism and Hospitality Management academic staff Mr. Jame Monren T. Mercado and Mr. Avi Ben P. Andalecio published books on culture and heritage under the Department of Foreign Affairs – Foreign Service Institute (DFA FSI). Mercado and Andalecio published Pancit 101: Dishes of Luzon, documentation of recipes of different Pancit dishes from Luzon Island, Philippines. The documentation is the output from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Research Award for an Individual Category last 2019.
One hundred and one pancit dishes from eight regions were included. The book is also co-authored by Ms. Evelyn O. Katigbak, the Head of the Publishing Section of DFA FSI, and edited by Madame Priscila R. Confiado of the Philippine Ambassadors’ Ladies Association (PALA). The book was officially launched on June 02, 2022, at Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Administrative Building. It was presided over by Hon. Loren B. Legarda, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines. Mercado also co-authored a coffee table book, Women of Laguna: Continuing Old Traditions, published by DFA FSI and the Office of Financial Management Services and PALA.
The coffee table book highlights the heritage significance of five traditional Laguna craftsmanship embedded in Filipina Lagunense. Five towns were highlighted, namely, Taka from Paete, Burda of Lumban, Paglalala from the towns of Cavinti and Pila, and Tsinalas of Liliw. The documentation output is the product of the NCCA Research Award for an Individual Category last 2021, awarded to four researchers from different academic institutions. Aside from Mercado, the researchers are Mr. Allan Paul Romero-Tang from Miriam College Quezon City, Dr. Marygrace A. Ac-ac from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde Manila, and Dr. Lilibeth C. Aragon from the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila.
The coffee table book is also co-authored by Mr. Edgar Allan M. Sembrano, a contributor from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The book was officially launched on June 13, 2022 (Monday) at Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Building. It was presided over by Madame Ma. Lourdes Barcelon Locsin.