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Armando Baisas at Bryant Park, New York City

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: Armando Baisas at Bryant Park, New York City Reply with quote

The famous Bryant Park at New York City (42nd Street between 6th and 5th Avenue) has a touch of Canadian hospitality and atmosphere this Christmas holiday season. Billed as "Ontario Week at the Pond of Bryant Park" (Dec. 17-20, 2006), the New Yorkers and tourists alike were entertained with an array of Canadian attractions. The whole Canadian presence was the idea of the Ottawa Canada Department of Tourism.

A huge and beautiful Christmas Tree donated by Canada stood behind the New York Public Library next to the Canadian tent of Celsius Restaurant adjacent to the Pond Skating Rink.

On Sunday, there was a Chef demonstration by Niagara Master Chef Paul Pennock, followed by a performance of Canadian pop singer Justin Hines, and then a Niagara wine tasting event. The Misty Kids of the Niagara Winter festival of lights will be there for the next 4 days. There were two members of the Royal Canadian mounted police who added a royal presence and obligingly posed for pictures with the park visitors.

For three consecutive days, Master Chef and Culinary Sculptor Armando Baisas, a native of Paete, Laguna, Philippines currently residing in Ottawa, will have three consecutive days of ice sculpting demonstration, twice each day using 2 blocks of ice for each figure. Armando was sent by the Ottawa department of Tourism through the Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary and Arts Institute. Armando, has travelled wordwide as part of Canada's ambassador of goodwill. A winner of many international ice sculpting competitions, Armando was a recipient of "Pamana Award" a presitigious Presidential award given last December 7, 2006 by the Philippines Malacanan Palace for Outstanding Individual/Organization overseas.

If you haven't been at Bryant Park lately, this is the best time to visit the park. The place made famous by Fashion Shows and other entertainment, is now teeming with small and elegant shops and eateries in addition to the popular skating rink for all ages. Decorated with numerous Christmas lights, Bryant Park is another nice place to hang out and enjoy the festive Christmas holiday.










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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Salamat Reply with quote

Hello Fred,

Salamat sa mga picture perfect, we as paetenians again were very proud of our own kababayan,si Armando eh tuwing summer family camping namin dito sa Toronto eh palaging present....more power to him. Tom F.C.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:15 pm    Post subject: Headline News Reply with quote

Weekly Newspaper "Filipino Reporter"
12/22-28/07 Issue

CHRISTMAS TREAT IN MANHATTAN
Ice Sculpture by a Filipino Awes Tourists
by Edmund M. Silvestre

A world-acclaimed Filipino-Canadian culinary sculptor was featured for three days in the ongoing Christmas celebration at Bryant Park on 42nd Street in Manhattan demonstrating his award-winning skills in ice sculpture that drew oohs and ahhs from New Yorkers and tourists.
Master chef Armando Baisas, chef and sculptor instructor at Canada's Le Cordon Bleu Paris Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, a leader in culinary instruction, was commisioned by the Ottawa government to be a part of its trade and tourism promotion in the Big Apple.
Baisas a native of Paete, Laguna, has just traveled to the Philippines to personally receive from President Gloria Arroyo at Malacanan Palace the "Pamana ng Filipino" Awards for Outstanding Filipino Individuals and Organizations.
"This is may passion and I'm very lucky to enjoy what I'm doing, getting paid for it and getting honors at the same time," Baisas told the Filipino Reporter as he chipped away at large blocks of ice before a large crowd just behind the New York Library.
On December 20 the third and last day of his demo, he created an eskimo and a hockey goalie for two hours each. Kids descibed the carvings "amazing" and "spectacular."
"Hindi pa 'yan ang best ko (it's not even among my best works)," Baisas told the Reporter laughing.
For almost 20 years now, Baisas has been winning numerous awards on ice carvings and other culuinary sculptures, and gracing major exhibitions across the globe.
Before he turned on the ice, he has been carving anything he can lay his hands on: fruits vegetables, styrofoam.
Back home in Paete, Baisas said carving was something that handed down in his family. "It's in our blood," he declared. "People in our hometown all carve. Many of are related to each other. Even abroad."
Baisas, said his ancestors work in wood, but through the years were force to turn to other materials such as plaster and wax.
Baisas began his culinary career at hotels in Manila. In 1981, the Hilton chain transferred him to a hotel in Africa, and that led to a world travel. He has worked for Hilton Hotels in Ethiopia, Cairo, Madagascar, Cyprus, Athens, London and finally in United States, where he began carivng ice for culinary compettions.
When his US visa expired, he immigrated to Canada and went to work in a hotel in Montreal. Five years ago, Baisas was offered a teaching job at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. The majority of the chefs at the academy have either won important competitions or are past employees of four-and five-star restaurants
Baisas said he jumped at the chance to share his expertise with students in Ottawa, teaching sushi preparation, vegetable and fruit decoration, and ice carving.
"I thought, I'm almost 55, I'm getting older, this is a lot better," he said. "It's not really a job. It's more than that. You have to cultivate your wild imagination to create something. You want everything to join up with the right finesse. It's really a lot of work."
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject: Armando Baisas in NYC Reply with quote

Armando,

I really regret missing out on seeing you and your ice sculptures at Bryant Park as I originally planned. Luckily, Fred Cagayat filled us in with his shots with you, Kang Dalen and your works. You can't imagine how proud I felt that Canada was being represented by a Canadian-Paetenian in New York City. There is one thing that the world recognizes: excellence. More power to you!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:20 pm    Post subject: Pinoy sculptor wows NY crowd Reply with quote

Pinoy sculptor wows NY crowd

http://manilamaildc.net/article1533.html

NEW YORK-Master Chef Armando Baisas, a world-acclaimed Filipino-Canadian culinary sculptor was featured for three days last month in the Christmas celebration at Bryant Park on 42nd Street in Manhattan demonstrating his award-winning skills in ice sculpture that drew oohs and ahhs from New Yorkers and tourists, according to the Filipino Reporter.

Baisas is chef and sculptor instructor at Canada’s Le Cordon Bleu Paris Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, a leader in culinary instruction. He was commissioned by the Ottawa government to be a part of its trade and tourism promotion in the Big Apple.

Baisas, a native of Paete, Laguna, has just traveled to the Philippines to personally receive from President Gloria Arroyo at Malacanang Palace the “Pamana ng Pilipino” Award in the 2006 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Filipino Individuals and Organizations.

“This is my passion and I’m very lucky to enjoy what I’m doing, getting paid for it and getting honors at the same time," Baisas told the Filipino Reporter as he chipped away at large blocks of ice before a large crowd just behind the New York Public Library.

Back home in Paete, Baisas said carving was something that was handed down in his family.

Baisas began his culinary career at hotels in Manila.

In 1981, the Hilton chain transferred him to a hotel in Africa, and that led to world travel. He has worked for Hilton Hotels in Ethiopia, Cairo, Madagascar, Cyprus, Athens, London and finally the United States, where he began carving ice for culinary competitions. When his U.S. visa expired, he immigrated to Canada and went to work in a hotel in Montreal.

U.S. News: Pinoy sculptor wows NY crowd
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