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    Chef Tatung makes cooking ‘Simpol’ 

    Best-selling author and restaurateur Chef Tatung Sarthou has launched his latest offering under ABS-CBN Books titled “Simpol: The Cookbook,” which features 101 contemporary recipes inspired by Filipino classics and other popular dishes.   

     “The goal of ‘Simpol’ is to teach Filipino families how to prepare easy yet delicious and nutritious recipes,” said Chef Tatung.   

    Named after his popular online cooking show “Simpol,” the book highlights recipes that can be pulled off both by newbie and seasoned cooks using basic ingredients and easy directions. They are also made extra special with “tweaks and twists made to suit modern Philippine kitchens and taste.”

    Aside from its featured meat, vegetable, seafood, and rice and noodle recipes, “Simpol: The Cookbook” also simplifies cooking techniques and shares valuable tips to properly guide cooks in executing the steps from point A to point B effortlessly. 

    “What we did in ‘Simpol’ was make cooking as simple as ABC. We made mini recipes within our recipes so for someone who’s not familiar with cooking, it’ll be very easy for you to follow by dividing what you’re cooking into parts,” Chef Tatung explained. 

    The recipe book is likewise made more helpful with its added QR code feature, which allows anyone with a phone camera and an internet connection to simply access cooking videos of the recipe online. 

    Following the success of his award-winning book “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter,” Chef Tatung’s “Simpol” has been chosen to represent the country in the 2021 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for the categories celebrity chef and easy recipes.

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    Boy Abunda to graduates: Ask the annoying questions

    When hosting his talk shows, Boy Abunda is known not to mince words to get to the bottom line of his conversations with guests. As speaker at OEd’s 4th Commencement Exercises, Abunda spoke from the heart – giving graduates what he feels is the most practical advice.

    “Do not be afraid to annoy. Annoy with dignity – ask the difficult questions,” Abunda said, addressing the 162 OEd graduates virtually present. The advice, he says, is to eliminate usual barriers that prevent people from speaking up.

    “Culturally, pinaniwala tayo that we have to be pleasant all the time, no matter how painful it is. Huwag ka magtanong, don’t shake the status quo… iniiwasan natin magtanong ng annoying questions,” shared Abunda. “Ask the right questions if you want to know something about yourself or the world around you, even if it’s annoying, do not be afraid to ask.”

    As one of OEd’s Level-Up ambassadors, Abunda was chosen as commencement speaker by the country’s first institution to offer full online degree programs and a member of AMA Education System, owing to their shared advocacy of lifelong learning. Abunda’s speech reminded graduates of the need to be human especially during this time of the pandemic.

    “For us to start living in an equitable world, we have to start engaging with each other. We cannot ignore each other, we have to be present,” Abunda said. “Simple lang ang ibig kong sabihin: may paikalam tayo sa isa’t isa, sa bayan, sa mga pamilya natin, sa eskwelahan, sa mundo at mga kaibigan natin.”

    Abunda’s speech was of the of the highlights of OEd’s first ever virtual graduation, held on October 22, that brought together graduates and their families from 18 countries.

    Hosted by popular radio DJ Nicole Hyala, the program also had surprise appearances from OEd ambassadors Piolo Pascual, Sharlene San Pedro, you and Darren Espanto, who serenaded graduates with soulful renditions of popular tracks.