November 4, 2017


TLC, Southeast Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle channel, just celebrated its biggest festival of the year, heading the celebrities was no other than The Cake Boss - Buddy Valastro.  

Last year, more than 100,000 Filipino fans thronged the festival. This year’s edition, themed “Go Lokal” was a celebration of all things Filipino, as they showcased the best that the Philippines has to offer! 

The festival kicked off at 10am on Bonifacio High Street. So may people actually lined up as early as 7am to revel in gastronomical experiences, timeless entertainment, and a stellar celebrity line-up!

Comedian Eri Neeman once again hosted the event. Also presernt were Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen, Patty Lee and Sharon Huang – two vivacious new hosts from TLC’s Fun Taiwan series. 

Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, Jun Sabayton, Lourd De Veyra and Angel Rivero from Discovery Channel’s You Have Been Warned Asia, as well as Troy Montero from Worst Vacation Ever, also joined in the fun. Ely Buendia dominated the evening at the main stage as he performed for the crowd.

At last year’s festival, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro received such an amazing Filipino welcome that he’s back for more so let’s show him the love! Prepare your piping bags and bring your Filipino flair to dress your favorite local pastries at the festival’s cake workshop – you never know, “The Boss” might just swing by. Episodes of the latest season of Cake Boss 9 will premiere on November 15, Wednesdays, at 9pm, on TLC Philippines.

Celebrity chef Luke Nguyen will also be at this year’s festival to dish out cooking tips and share his latest gastronomical escapades from Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia. Episodes from the show air November 13 to 16, Monday to Thursday, at 6.15pm, on TLC Philippines. Chop, slice and sauté your way into the TLC Kitchen. Tickle your taste buds and transform your well-loved Pinoy dishes into something fresh and exciting with our TLC chefs at this cooking workshop. 

Pinoy pride takes center stage at this year’s festival with three exciting zones – Kanto Kultura, Byaheng Bayan and Street Sarap – uncovering Philippines’ unique culture, arts and cuisine! Immerse your senses at Kanto Kultura and soak in the sounds of Tambayan Tunes. At Byaheng Bayan, support local and explore Shop Lokal (Tiangge), an Asian night market-inspired area featuring a variety of artisanal and artistically made products crafted by local merchants and creative entrepreneurs.

Art experts at Rosas Atbp taught how to mix and match different flowers to create floral headband – perfect headwear to capture that awesome instagrammable moment! 

This year’s festival also brought together a taste of various artisanal delights at Street Sarap, where Filipino foodies were treated to specially made, locally-inspired yet modern dishes and treats.

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