Filipino cuisine with a healthier, modern twist took center stage as cookbook author and culinary enthusiast, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, unveiled her latest masterpiece, "Juana's Table," at the newly-opened Villeroy & Boch Boutique in S Maison on September 20.


Juana Manahan-Yupangco launches “Juana’s Table” in partnership with Villeroy & Boch, S Maison, and La Creperie

“We have partnered with Juana this year not only because of her impressive credentials, but because she is a mom like many of you. A mom who simply wants her kids to live healthier lives. Hence, a plant based diet which is not only affordable, but clean and sustainable,” said SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Marketing Grace Magno.


The Yupangcos

From L-R: Juana, Rosanna (11), Rick, and Jaime (13)

The launch was a feast for the senses as Juana walked guests through the plating of one of her favorite recipes, Rick’s Kadyos Salad, on Villeroy & Boch dinnerware. 


Rick’s Kadyos Salad by Juana and a floral & veggie arrangement by Maria 

Juana recently secured her master’s degree in Food Security and Nutrition from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The recipes from her cookbook integrate clean ingredients with the rich tapestry of Filipino cuisine; infusing a healthier, plant-based take without sacrificing flavor and variety.


Lilia Manahan, Ces Drilon, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, and Grace Magno


Kelly Misa and Rica Peralejo


Jo Dy-Juanco, Nicole Ortega, Irene Marcos-Araneta, and Ana Lorenzana

In addition to the culinary delights, the event also featured a captivating session on floral arrangements and tablescapes presented by floral expert, Maria Parsons. Using exquisite Villeroy & Boch products and local vegetables & flowers, guests were shown the art of table setting and creating stunning floral displays that complement Juana's delectable creations. 


Maria Parsons of Lanai Flores helped create a chapter on veggie centerpieces for “Juana’s Table”


Juana and Maria walked guests through the art of tablescapes and their ability to enhance and complement a dish


Philip Cu-Unjieng, Johnny Manahan, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, and Franco Laurel


Rick Yupangco, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, Matthew Que, May Yao

Afterward, guests were treated to a delicious dinner courtesy of La Creperie. With a delectable array of dishes that cater to the most discerning palates, La Creperie added another level of artistry and elegance to the event.


Dinner included La Creperie’s Shrimp Pesto Pasta, Nami Savory Crepes, Ratatouille and Fontina Sandwiches, and Mille Crepe Cakes

The book launch event was a testament to the enduring appeal of Filipino cuisine and its ability to empower healthier choices among Filipinos. Through Juana’s cookbook, local vegetables were infused into the recipes in order to transform familiar ‘comfort food’ into ones that are plant-based.