Monday, September 8, 2014

THE BURGER CHALLENGE | Shangri-la's Mactan Resort & Spa


Miss Philippines Chichatchara A. Dobo, a 24-year-old English Tutor in a language school for Koreans in Cebu City, was crowned F̶I̶B̶A̶ ̶W̶o̶r̶l̶d̶ ̶C̶u̶p̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶4̶ ̶B̶u̶r̶g̶e̶r̶ ̶C̶h̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶g̶e̶  Miss FIBA World Cup Burger Taste ("Best in Taste") on Tuesday during the very first telecast of what would probably be an annual beauty pageant.

Dobo sported a classic look with a lettuce skirt generously embellished with tomatoes and onion rings. Thoroughly identifying with her cultural heritage, she sported a very traditional adobo pork patty with a kesong puti (carabao cheese) panuelo and finished off her look with atchara (pickled green papaya) extensions smothered with chicharon crackling crystals. During the latter part of the hourlong nationally broadcast contest, she addressed the issue of surface-only seasoning saying, "True beauty, and delicious taste, comes from within.", during a question-and-answer session faced by all five finalists. Dobo also touched on her accusations against Miss USA for attempts at sabotage and intimidation earlier in the event, adding, "Awareness of such issues is important so we can all protect ourselves."
 Miss Greece Melitza Nosalatafeta, came in close second winning the Miss FIBA World Cup Burger Presentation, also, Most Photogenic. The current economic downturn of the country served as inspiration for the organic, simplistic look of a decidedly restrained Romaine lettuce skirt with a wide beef patty going all the way to the bottom bun edges. Harking back to the Hellenistic times, she had on some melitzasonalata (green eggplant puree) with a whole feta slice, the entire stack all in clean lines that would have made Pythagoras proud. "Beauty, you know? Beauty.", she said.

Doyzkie of TEAM GREECE

Miss Australia Brienna Pinyaemu went all-out exotic subcontinent with an emu patty and a grilled pineapple top, winking at her colonial roots with a Brie cheese headpiece.

The fiery Miss Mexico Patricia Jalguacamato turned up the heat with a chicken patty and guacamole embroidered in floral patterns of chopped green jalapeno and a red tomato salsa.

In a bizarre take on Native American wear, Miss USA Rasher Ann Chizonaheifer had haphazard bacon bandages across two cheese singles draped on a beef patty. An unnecessary coleslaw fringe detail completed Courtney-Love-Goes-To-Coachella. Despite insinuations of malicious activity, Miss USA went on to "claim" the award for Miss Congeniality. 

All contestants wore fresh sesame buns and were accessorized with Cajun fries.
The pageant, co-hosted by Ms. Mildred and Miss Lara of SMRS F&B, was broadcast live on ShangRealiTV from Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu.

The competition featured five contestants/instant finalist who were judged in traditional beauty pageant categories: presentation and taste by the esteemed judges, Executive Chef Mark Mulder and Sous Chef Manuel "Yoyong" Taboada.
Exec. Chef Mark Mulder

The above is a fanciful account of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa's Burger Challenge held in celebration of FIBA World Cup 2014 and their associated Burger Specials. This is a guest post by The Hamburgero of done in what he guesses would be more apt for a fashion blog. For a detailed play-by-play in a sports version, please check out pornografeed/hamburgesafiba.

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu beefs up for FIBA World Cup 2014, inviting basketball enthusiasts to get their game on and indulge in burger-ific times with the debut of seven juicy burger specials at Buko Bar. From August 30 to September 14, jump shots and slam dunks rule the court as the rustic al fresco poolside lounge plays host to buzzer beaters with live telecasts of the FIBA World Cup 2014.

In tasty celebration of the world championship playoffs, basketball fans are invited to experience each exciting minute with every mouthwatering bite of Burger Specials in American, Australian, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Philippine and Spanish flavors. Available at P500++ each, Buko Bar's burgers are composed of succulent patties served on fresh sesame buns and come with a side order of the resort's signature Cajun fries.

For inquiries and reservations, guests may contact Restaurant reservations at (63-32)231-8224 or

--Official Press Release

The Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu is located at Punta Engano, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.