World Street Food Congress & Madrid Fusion Manila are both cancelled… why Cesar?
World Street Food Congress and Madrid Fusion Manila — two of the most anticipated culinary events that are supposed to take place in Manila — were both cancelled and people are asking: why, Cesar, why?
To recall, both events are presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), which is now headed by actor Cesar Montano.
It was just yesterday when organizing committee of World Street Food Congress announced the cancellation of this year’s event, saying that it was TPB who came up with the decision.
“Dear Friends, Partners and Associates, under circumstances beyond our control, and on behalf of event Presenter, The Tourism Board of Philippines (TPB), it is with regret we announce their decision to cancel this year’s World Street Food Congress 18’,” the organizers said.
“Makansutra will be planning ahead for the next World Street Food Congress so stay tuned here and we’ll keep you all updated and will follow up with all our valuable plans and discussions with you thus far. We regret any inconvenience caused. Thank You,” it added.
A Facebook netizen posted such announcement and wrote a caption “Cesar Montano, bano!”.
Last year’s World Street Food Congress brought global TV personality and chef Anthony Bourdain in Manila.
The announcement only came a few weeks after TPB also cancelled Madrid Fusion Manila, which is also one of the most important culinary events in the world.
The Manila leg of Madrid Fusion would have been the first in Asia.
Ephraim Despabiladeras, a netizen, wrote on his Facebook that Cesar’s decision would be “another instance of ignorance and misguided decision-making of the administration’s best and brightest”.
Another netizen, Arpee Lazaro, wrote “here you can see how ignorant and corrupt Montano is”.
“Ignorant because he does not understand the value of Madrid Fusion. Corrupt because Montano will push for another event that may spell more kickbacks for him, kasi siya ang panginoon ng event. Add to his incompetence and inability to handle such event as big as Madrid Fusion,” Lazaro said.