“Scholarships” in Philippines

The Association Culture Ticino Network of Lugano launches, for all 2022 and beyond, a special fundraiser in collaboration with the historic bakery – pastry Bignasca of Sonvico to support “scholarships (Tesda programs) and start up” in the field of pastry and bakery in the Region of Bulacan, Philippines. For this purpose, the bakery Bignasca has created a baked product named: “GIOIA ESOTICA” that you can order at our Association in Lugano or buy directly at the bakery Bignasca in Pregassona. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the cake “GIOIA ESOTICA” will be donated to the project “Professional training in the field of gastronomy and support the start-up of independent activities in the Province of Bulacan in the Philippines”.  Partners of the project are Korphil Training Center in Bulacan and our sister Association Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association in Paombong/Philippines.


Who is it addressed to? To individuals, companies, associations, foundations who wish to support this project.
It is perfect for any occasion!
Where can you buy it? At the headquarters of the Association Culture Ticino Network Via Cortivallo 3a, 6900 Lugano (c / o MaffeisNetwork SA), for orders you can contact us via e-mail: info@culture-ti.net or at: +41 91 922 95 18. Or at the point of sale of the bakery Bignasca SA in Pregassona.
In addition, there is the possibility to receive large quantities of product for your company or events.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of the cake “GIOIA ESOTICA” will go to the project “Professional training in the field of gastronomy and support for the start-up of independent activities in the Province of Bulacan in the Philippines”. 











Bulacan Province is located northeast of the Philippine capital Manila in the central part of Luzon Island. The area covered by this project includes the southern coastal part of the province between the mouth of the Pampanga River and the north-eastern outskirts of Manila. This area is characterized by strong industrial development with an emphasis on the food industry. In addition, there are plans to build some high-income residential neighbourhoods, residences for tourist purposes and a new international airport flanked by a port area. These innovations will have economic implications, for example it will be necessary to train people in order to take advantage of the various employment opportunities that will derive from these infrastructures and this is especially true for the less affluent population.

A sector that is emerging as an economic activity with a certain potential for development is certainly that of catering and gastronomy. For this reason, our project wants to reach as many people as possible, giving priority to women, in order to allow professional training in the field of gastronomy that aims to enhance the local specialties. The modules offered will be: 144 hours of preparation for the trade of baker and pastry chef, 200 hours of preparation as NC II cook, 80 hours of Preparation of cold meals, and 40 hours for the Preparation of desserts.

The project thus aims to create the conditions for that part of the population that risks being marginalized or excluded from the dynamics of development in this region, and thus to help counteract the trends of increasing socioeconomic disparities among the population that is already currently evident.

In addition, during the pandemic, many people lost their jobs, increasing the problem of poverty to which they were subjected.

There will also be a phase of accompaniment for those who intend to start an independent activity, they will be helped in developing direct contacts with local producers, small businesses, up to the point of being able to create local agro-food mini-businesses.

The project intends to offer the possibility of training with related officially recognized Philippine national diploma through instruction modules of baker and pastry chef, cook, cold meal preparation and cake preparation, which are offered by KorPhil IT Training Center. Also, we would like to point out that the project will not have a time frame. The goal will be to offer scholarships, follow the candidates during their training, but most importantly once they graduate, Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association in Paombong will continue to keep in touch with the graduates to ensure their placement in the workforce.


The partners that will make the project possible will be:

  • Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association in Paombong
  • KorPhil IT Training Center (TESDA Program) – Bulacan
  • Pastry shop Bignasca SA of Sonvico

The first partner is the twin association that is already active in the area, and that promotes various activities, from the support to less affluent families, through actions of distribution of meals, to the purchase of educational material for schools, but also in the environmental field with the collection and recycling of plastic waste. This association will give direct help in the start-up of independent activities and in the establishment of food chains.

The second partner mentioned is an institution that deals with professional training recognized by the Philippine government, which has given its willingness to collaborate on the basis of the objectives of the project.

The third partner is Bignasca SA Bakery, a historic pastry shop in Sonvico. In the month of December 2021, it has allowed the project to come to life through the solidarity sale of artisanal panettone cakes. Thanks to the positive feedback obtained, the collaboration will continue throughout 2022.

Our initiatives would not be possible without the support of our supporters and partners. In fact, we want to thank the generosity shown over the years, which has allowed us to help children and families in need.  Our project will be a start, to help introduce women and men in the world of work and allow them to get out of the poverty.

We take to heart every donation for fundraising, which is done with the utmost transparency and seriousness. Our Association Culture Ticino Network in Lugano/Switzerland is recognized of public utility by the Canton Ticino and for this reason you can deduct the donation from your taxes.

The great wealth of humanity lies in solidarity” and to get out of these difficult times it really only takes a small gesture but of great importance. We will be very grateful to anyone who decides to donate something to fight this emergency that has affected the neediest people and we thank you already now for your solidarity.


For Donations:

Associazione Culture Ticino Network, Lugano
IBAN: CH140024724710719501F


For more information, please contact us by e-mail: info@culture-ti.net or at the number: +41 91 922 95 18


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