PH Marmalade Places Second In World Tilt

MANILA, Philippines - A marmalade made in the Philippines won a silver medal in the international category at the 2012 World Marmalade Championships held recently in England, the British embassy in Manila announced Thursday.

The calamansi marmalade with brandy was made by British chef and Bacolod resident Robert Harland. According to the British embassy, this is the first time the Philippines has been represented at the championships, now on its seventh year.

The championships were part of a weekend-long marmalade festival held at the historic Dalemain Estate in England's Lake District. Over 70,000 British pounds (P4.7 million) was raised for various charities. The organizers received over 1,700 entries from all corners of the world - a 30 percent increase over 2011.

Harland's citrusy concoction scored 19 points out of a maximum of 20. He was edged out by Singaporean Sharon Lee Puay Ming, who won the gold medal.

The embassy pointed out that calamansi is not very well-known in Europe and the judges noted the marmalade's unusual taste, but they enjoyed the flavor.

"I had heard that one can make a very decent marmalade using calamansi so I decided to have a go," said Harland in a statement. "I liked the taste as did friends so when I heard about the championships I thought why not give it a go. But I knew that competition would be fierce with so many entries coming in from around the world."

Harland said he intends to enter the competition again next year, but perhaps with a slightly modified recipe using whisky rather than brandy.

"This is a great example of the UK and Philippines working together," British embassy Chargé d' Affaires Trevor Lewis said in a statement as he congratulated Harland. "A British national uses local produce to make marmalade in the Philippines that then wins an international award in England. It must taste good!"