Chef Donita Rose Celebrates Tuna Festival with a Heart Healthy Meal

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My generation knows Donita Rose as the popular MTV Asia VJ and one of the most beautiful faces of That's Entertainment but little did we know that when she left for the United States some years back, Donita Rose took a culinary course and eventually worked as a chef. 

Now that she is back in the country, Chef Donita happily shares her culinary passion thru her cooking capsule show in GMA 7 featuring heart-healthy and budget -friendly meals as the brand ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil. And because General Santos City recently celebrated it's 19th Tuna Festival, the jolly chef flew in all the way from Manila to share her own rendition of a Tuna-licious dish.

"As a food-centric city, it is important for every household to look for ingredients and learn cooking techniques that are beneficial both for health and satisfaction of the whole family," said Donita.

Chef Donita added more spice to the weeklong festival with her live cooking demonstration of Ginataang Tuna with Luyang Dilaw at the KCC Mall's Events and Convention Center. She prepared the dish using Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil- an oil that is highly versatile, imparts a neutral taste to almost all types of dishes,  contains vitamin A and clocks in lowest for saturated fat- perfect for those who love good and greasy but guilt-free breakfast platters! Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is also budget friendly and it's already available at your nearest supermarket.

"We must always be conscious that the ingredients we use should be good for the heart, like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (Saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6, " Donita shared.

More than 300 local moms and foodies including us, the Sox Bloggers, were lucky to have a taste of the creamy dish. Lucky guests during the cooking demo were also able to take home Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, including moi who was all game when Donita came down looking for moms from the audience. My! I was star struck. Ang ganda ni mayora!

I was trying to get a good shot of my share before gulping the whole thing down
 when Chef Donita gamely hammed it up for my cam! I was Shookt! 

Ginataang Tuna with Luyang Dilaw

Here's my copy of Chef Donita's recipe. I carefully tucked it inside my bag so I can do my own version. I'm thinking of throwing some jolly button mushrooms into the pan. And because I am on this "pretend diet" thingy, Imma try my bestest to stay away from a bowl of rice. So help me God! Lol!

Chef Donita Up Close with the Sox Bloggers.

The Sox Bloggers and some local media personalities joined Donita and her team for dinner shortly after the live cooking demo. Her gelastic and good-natured personality made it very comfortable for us to be around her.

Zen Prudentino, Fly Ace Corporation Group Category Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil said that the company is very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil.

 "She easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using a healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in the dishes we cook at home and especially in festivals such as the Tuna Festival," Zen added.

May pa-acting workshop pa si Mayora! Hahahahaha! 

Don't miss Chef Donita as she promotes more heart healthy cooking ideas across the country, one regional food tour at a time. Her next stop will be at the Ilocos Region for the Raniag Festival in Vigan. Expect another round of live recipe demo and inspiring kitchen tips any mom and home cooks will love!

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is the number one canola oil in the Philippines according to Nielsen Retail Index 2015-2016. To know more about the product, visit their facebook page : 

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