Last August 19, Tuesday, Cebu media and bloggers were invited to Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa to attend "The Burger Challenge", which is a promotional event for the upcoming FIBA World Cup 2014.
Among those who were present were Doyzkie of iLuvCebu, Michael Karlo Lim of Pornografeed, Vanessa East of One Frozen Margarita, Patty Taboada of Zee Lifestyle, Joanna Cuenco of Sun Star Cebu, and Gerald and MJ Yuvallos of Istorya. Mr. Erwin Lim was also there to serve as the event's official photographer.
According to Shangri-La's Director of Food and Beverages, Mr. Ben Martlew, the goals of the challenge are to promote their live telecast of this year's FIBA World Cup and to introduce their special burgers to the public.
The challenge involved 5 different countries (USA, Philippines, Greece, Mexico, & Australia) participating in FIBA, and the goal was to make burgers that perfectly represent these countries. Shangri-La's Executive Chef, Mark Mouler, would then choose a winning burger that makes use of the right ingredients and comes with a perfect filling arrangement.
The burger for Greece was then named the Best Looking Burger, while the burger for the Philippines was recognized as the Best Burger! The winning burger was made up of tasty Pinoy ingredients, such as adobo patty, tomatoes, lettuce, kesong puti, and atchara. After the challenge, Cebu's media and bloggers were then invited to the Buko Bar to enjoy great-tasting burgers and delicious finger food.
FIBA World Cup 2014
This year's FIBA Basketball World Cup is the 17th edition of the prestigious tournament organized by the International Basketball Federation. The host nation is Spain and the tournament takes place from August 30 to September 14. A total of 24 teams from 213 basketball federations all over the world are competing, and the winner will automatically qualify for the much-awaited 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Since the Philippines is once again part of this prestigious sports event, Pinoys all over Cebu and the whole country are rooting for Team Gilas. If you are one of these excited Pinoy basketball fans, you can go to Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa to watch a live 24/7 telecast of the tournament from August 30 to September 14.
Debut of Buko Bar's Seven Burger Specials
In relation to the live telecast in the al fresco poolside lounge area near the resort's Buko Bar, Shangri-La introduces these juicy Burger Specials that represent the 7 different countries participating in the FIBA World Cup 2014:
"Emu pattie (Emu is similar to ostrich but only found in Australia), Brie cheese, and grilled pineapple."GREECE
"Beef pattie, romaine lettuce, melitzanosalata (eggplant puree) and feta cheese."MEXICO
"Chicken pattie, jalapeño pepper, guacamole, and tomato salsa."PHILIPPINES
"Adobo pork pattie, kesong puti (carabao cheese), atchara (picled green papaya) and chicharon crackling."SOUTH KOREA
"Beef burger with bulgogi sauce, sliced garlic, green chili, and kimchi."SPAIN
"Grilled chicken burger with grilled peppers and chorizo."USA
"Beef burger with crispy bacon and cheese."
(All burgers are served on fresh sesame buns and come with a side order of the resort's signature Cajun Fries.)
These burgers are available in Buko Bar at P500++ each. For your inquiries and reservations, contact Restaurant Reservations at (63 32) 231-8224 or send an email to [email protected] For the live telecast updates and other relevant details about the resort, feel free to visit their official FB page.