As a foodie, I’m fascinated by what goes into the dishes that I enjoy whether through restaurants or products I buy in retail.
More than just simple ingredients, so much effort and study go into the development of current and emerging food trends.
This is why I’m so glad that the academe, particularly the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), are helping small enterprises develop viable food businesses, among others, which are heavily supported by the schools’ research.
During the ART OF SUCCESS: 2020 State Universities and Colleges Expo, the research products of participating schools were showcased which included exciting food-related products.
Bangus Kropek from Iloilo State Colleges of Fisheries
Maximizing the fish pond within the school grounds, the research group headed by Ms Janet Bayona, developed multiple food products based on the bangus (or milkfish). The production of the bangus kropek (flavored crackers), in particular, now serves as an income-generating livelihood program for the local BJMP inmates.
Pakaskas (Buri Sugar) from Batangas State University
Mr. Anthony Lat, on the other hand, with the help of the Department of Science and Technology, is helping to develop a sugar substitute from pakaskas, a popular palm sugar snack originating from Isla Verde Island in Batangas. This sweet is usually packaged in buri baskets, and is known for having a low glycemic index (which is great for those trying to control their blood sugar) and can be applied to almost anything that needs sweetening.
Branana Delights from Polytechnic University of the Philippines
PUP’s Pulilan campus has developed baked goods which incorporate rice bran and bananas; hence the name, Branana Delights. These goodies are quite healthy and fiber-rich, and are sure to give those with a sweet tooth their much-needed sugar fix.
Calamansi Juices from Tarlac State University
Ms. Cecilia Corpus was assisted by Tarlac State University in productizing her calamansi-based juices which had evolved from throwaways from excess calamansi supply, into juice concentrates that she gave aways as gifts and now into ready-to-drink beverages that can be sold in retail. She credits the university in helping her upgrade her products with a longer shelf life and the proper use of additives.
Mushroom Biotech Project from Rizal Technological University
Prof. Angelita Medalla spearheaded the university’s biotech and urban farming project which made use of the tunnels within the school’s Boni, Mandaluyong campus to grow edible mushrooms which can be use for food and medicine.
These are just some of the examples of the collaboration between the academe and local communities featured in the #SUCExpo2020. Ongoing from today until March 11 at the Trinoma Mall Activity Center and hosted by Rizal Technological University, the SUC Expo is an initiative of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to recognize the passion of SUCs for innovation and cooperation with the public outside their halls.
Many thanks to Prof. John Estrellado of Rizal Technological University for inviting me to this event, and to Ms. Angelica Nicole Lopez of RTU Junior Marketing Association for guiding me through the exhibit!