Twin brothers Tom and Zach Galliguez were giddy with excitement when they left home on Tuesday morning, and headed to a mall in Ortigas.
They didn't mind the traffic, much less the scorching summer heat--they were too busy peppering their mother with questions, and trying to get her to reveal what they were going to do that day.
"Are we gonna eat? Are we gonna cook? Are we gonna try something special?" the twins asked their mother, Ian Galliguez, who had promised them a special surprise.
Ian had signed her children up for Cheez Whiz' summer workshop, which aimed to hone the creativity and independence of young, aspiring kitchen masters such as Tom and Zach.
According to Ian, Tom and Zach became interested in cooking after watching their grandmother prepare dishes--they frequently spend their Sundays at their lola's house.
When she learned about the "Cheez Whiz Cheeseventions" workshop featuring Chef DJ Santos, she immediately signed up for it because it was a perfect way for her kids to further develop their love of cooking.
Upon arriving at SM Megamall, where the workshop was to be conducted, the kids rushed to the tables and donned their aprons. They studied the ingredients laid upon the tables in front of them with such anticipation that Ian almost expected them to eat everything before the workshop began.
"I'm surprised na hindi pa nila kinain iyong ingredients!" Ian said as she took photos of her "little chefs" who were excited to put their hands to work.
The kids, with the help of their mother, used the ingredients on their tables--ham, bread, and Cheez Whiz, to make delicious cheesy sandwiches.
They also learned how to use Cheez Whiz to make cheese cupcakes creamier and more savory.
After the workshop, Ian said that she was very proud of her sons' "cheeseventions".
"Sabi ko nga, sila na magluto mamayang gabi."
CREATIVITY THROUGH FOOD
Aside from being a way for parents to bond with their kids, cooking is one great way to let little ones express their creativity, which is good for their overall development.
This is why they designed the "Cheez Whiz Cheeseventions" sessions, said Rachelle Virata, Cheez Whiz Philippines brand manager.
"When we say creativity, usually we think of arts and crafts, but even in things closest to us like eating merienda, we can still inspire kids to be creative with it," Virata said.
Another set of workshops will be held on May 22 in Glorietta 3, and on May 28 in Trinoma.
The brand is also holding a promo titled "Cheez Whiz Cheeseventors Club promo," where participants can win P10,000, as well as gift packs simply by posting the photo and recipe of their "Cheesevention" online.
More information about the promo, as well as recipes to unique Cheeseventions can be found on the Cheez Whiz Facebook page.
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