1st KALAMAYAN FESTIVAL, VICTORIAS MILLING COMPANY 95th YEAR
We were invited recently to attend the First Kalamayan Festival of Victorias City, Negros Occidental. “Kalamayan” came from the root word “Kalamay” which means sugar. Negros Occidental being the “Sugarbowl” of the Philippines is producing more than half of the country’s sugar output. In Negros Occidental, when we say sugar Victorias City would always come to mind. This is because of the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) being one of the earliest sugar industry in the country at the turn of the century. And I suppose Victorias City being the home of VMC has all the right the right to pioneer a festival about SUGAR.
Victorias Milling Company, Inc. was founded on May 7, 1919 by Don Miguel J. Ossorio .
One of the events in the Kalamayan Festival is the VMC Day. The VMC Day took off with an exhibit of some articles associated with the 95 years of existence of VMC. Former Secretary Mina Gabor was the guest of honor .
Together with some of the members of the local media and bloggers, we were given a tour at the VMCSugar Mill. Unfortunately ,no cameras were allowed inside the mill site. The tour was followed by a Cooking Competition using the product of VMCFood Corporation, a subsidiary of the Sugar Mill.
Below are the Winners in the cooking contest:
- Grand Champion: Jay Nart B. Jocson (Brgy 19)- Victorias Chorizo Bacon Wrap w/ Sardines Sauce
- 1st Runner –up: Marvin B. Dondon (Brgy 1)- Pork Rolled Wrapped in Bacon w/ Creamy Sauce
- 2nd Runner Up: Gracel Anne C. Padilla(Brgy 16) – Crispy Noodles Mamon Style w/ Fillings & Salad
- 3rd Runner Up: Gilda Gumabao (Brgy 9) – Ham & Cheese Fritters in Mango Salsa
How to Get to Victorias City
Victorias can be reached in 40 to 45 minutes from Bacolod City either by private car or public utility vehicles plying the northern Negros.
VMC PRINCIPAL OFFICE AND FACTORY
Victorias Milling Company, Inc., VMC Compound, Victorias City, Negros Occidental
Cane Supply: +6334-399-3338 Distillery: +6334-473-9049
Human Resources: +6334-399-3002 Purchasing: +6334-399-3697
Sugar Sales: +6334-399-3157 Manila Office: +632-570-2605
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE VMC DAY.
The 9 Finalist in the VMC Cooking Competition