Inst. Jame Monren T. Mercado, MACHS and Inst. Avi Ben P. Andalecio, MA, academic staff from the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Department of Tourism Management, published books on culture and heritage under the Department of Foreign Affairs – Foreign Service Institute (DFA FSI) headed by Hon. Jose Maria A. Cariño (Director-General). Mercado and Andalecio published Pancit 101: Dishes of Luzon, a 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 one Pancit dishes from eight (8) 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 Mdme. Priscila R. Confiado of the Philippine Ambassadors’ Ladies Association (PALA). The book was officially launched on June 2, 2022 (Thursday) at Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Administrative Building. The ceremony was presided over by Hon. Loren B. Legarda, returning Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.