Chefs on Parade 2013 has chosen Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation as its beneficiary; this marks the second time that the Philippines’ biggest culinary competition is supporting the NGO which is a center devoted to helping street children. The agreement which was signed with Tuloy founder Rev. Fr. Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista of the Salesians of Don Bosco covers free participation of the Tuloy students in the COP 2013 contests, complimentary passes to the event, and other forms of assistance.

Tuloy sa Don Bosco founded in 1991 is a center for excellence that prepares street children for the reintegration into mainstream society. The objective is achieved through healing, caring and teaching. Wards which include poor, abandoned and neglected street children from the ages of nine to 18 are housed in the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street children Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They are provided with food, shelter, clothing, health care, and spiritual guidance, as well as basic literacy, technical and vocational skills training, and initial job placement. As of 2010, Tuloy has helped about 10,000 street children, and over 1,700 have graduated from the center’s basic and functional literacy programs.

One of the vocational courses at Tuloy is a food service-related program. In fact, in 2011, 25 Tuloy wards went through an 18-month Culinary Course program by French chef Jean Pierre Migne. The same wards competed in COP 2011’s Market Basket and Table Setting categories. Fr. Rocky was emotional when he gave his message of thanks during the COP 2011 closing ceremony. He declared “We are overwhelmed by the generosity. We never thought that street children who would hang around outside restaurants begging for food would have the chance to rule the kingdom of the kitchen. To the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), you have given us more than you know. You have breathed life into these children.”

Chefs on Parade 2013 Chairman Philippe Bartholomi says that HRAP is more than happy to support and have Tuloy sa Don Bosco in the competition. He says, “The goal is to give these children the opportunity to mingle with other culinary students and learn from the professional chefs.”