Annalisa Burgos Mixes Food And Politics On ANC’s “Food Diplomacy”

Seasoned broadcast journalist Annalisa Burgos takes viewers around the world right here in Manila as she sits down with foreign ambassadors to discuss politics, culture, and food in the comfort of their homes in “Food Diplomacy.”

The segment, which airs every Friday at 6:45 am during “Early Edition” on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, gives viewers a chance to learn about other food cultures and understand historical ties with other countries, as Annalisa converses with foreign dignitaries from countries such as United Kingdom, United States of America, France, and the United Arab Emirates in an informal setting away from the newsroom.

Colombia ambassador Victor Hugo Echeverri, shows Annalisa a showcase of Colombia’s cuisine with chef Alejandro Cuellar

Annalisa visits the home of Nigeria ambassador Sonaike-Ayodeji

Annalisa talks bilateral relations with Sri Lanka ambassador to PH Aruni Ranaraja over cups of tea and their best curry dishes

Annalisa sits down with Australia ambassador Amanda Gorely for a meal of appetizers, meat, and pavlova

Annalisa meets Thailand ambassador Thanatip Upatising and wife Bee and discuss culture of the Land of Smiles

Annalisa meets Sweden ambassador Harald Fries and wife Susan to talk about tourism, trade and Alpine cuisine

Annalisa and Venezuela ambassador Capaya Rodriguez talk populist leaders, non-interference, and human rights over traditional Venezuelan dishes

Food makes politics and foreign affairs fun,” said Annalisa. “Everyone loves food, but not everyone knows what the governments of other countries are doing in the Philippines and the role they play in local economies.”

Annalisa, who used to host an international food travel series, said she hopes to engage people by featuring food in her segment and make them aware of global issues in the process.

Filipinos tend to focus on domestic issues. In this era of globalization, our citizens, especially the youth, should have a regional and global perspective. By incorporating food in my series, I hope to appeal to younger viewers who aspire to travel to or work in other countries,” she said.

On the episode this Friday (August 3), Annalisa will experience France and Argentina’s national day celebrations. Viewers can also look forward to a cooking lesson with the Thai Charge d’affaires and interviews with the ambassadors of Colombia and Morocco in the next episodes. Previous episodes of “Food Diplomacy” are also available online on the Facebook page of “Early Edition” (

Catch a new episode of “Food Diplomacy” with Annalisa every Friday at 6:45 am during “Early Edition,” with replays on Saturdays at 4:30 am and 8:30 pm, and Sundays at 9:30 am, on ANC and ANC HD or online via or For news, follow @ANCalerts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit

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