June 25, 2012

Iron Bar Chef : BuCor's Bilibid Cooking Showdown

There are exciting projects for the prisoners in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to enjoy a “new life” and live harmoniously within the community.

Iron Bar Chef Bilibid Cooking Showdown is the interesting recreational and rehabilitation program of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). This is really admirable effort giving the chance for the inmates to show their talent and they also have something to share. Mainly, the program is to give the inmates hope and confidence and to prepare them for the outside world.

The Iron Bar challenges was held June 16 at the BuCor’s Medium Security Compound.  As we were invited to witness the cooking competition among the prisoners, we were welcomed with warmth and hospitality by OIC Geraldo Aro. We were likewise chat with him regarding the BuCor’s imperatives of reformation such as Education and Skills Development, Livelihood and Livelihood Training, Moral and Spiritual Enlightenment and Sports and Recreational Program. The BuCor’s ultimate goal is for the inmates to be productive while in prison it helps and encourages the inmates who have lost hope.
Opening prayer of the program.

The Iron Chef challenges have six teams against each other, tasking them to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert and more if they still have chance - in 60 minutes. 

It was fun activity but you can see them all with hard working seriously and with mutual understanding, with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. 
With the five judges, and two of them are bloggers Lariza Garcia and Yani Metrado
The cooking activity in the Medium Security Compound has been complete with all the material needed, all ingredients, all tools in preparation of the food - stove top, kitchen tools and even -  knives! 

The 3  top teams of the Medium Security Compound will compete with the winners from the Maximum Security compound on the Grand Finals will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Congratulations to the winners and good luck on the grand finals! 

This is the different soup recipe from the Yum-Yum Team

The winners Yum-Yum Team, with the judges, host and OIC Geraldo Aro
Intermission and entertainment number by the inmates band, with the disco hits, danceable, enjoyable songs of 1980's  "Hagibis": "Katawan", "Lalake", "Legs", "Nanggigigil Ako", "Babae", and "Ilagay Mo Kid"  

The committed mandate of Bucor for its prisoners - safekeeping , rehabilitation, reformation.” 

I saw this outside the Medium Security Compound, 

 "Man by nature is always capable of changing for the better. 
Rehabilitation makes it happen."

For more details, you may visit www.bucor.gov.ph.

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