24 Mar2014

Sister triumphs with Four “Gold Awards” and Two “Best in Category” at the recently held Dalemain Marmalade Awards 2014 at Dalemain Mansion and Gardens, Cumbria, United Kingdom. Dalemain is the world’s leading marmalade competition held every year since 2005. With well over 2,000 entries this year, for both amateur (homemade) and artisanal (commercial) marmalade categories, it is a serious gathering of marmalade enthusiasts…

Sister entered four bottles of marmalade for judging this year, after experimenting and cooking hundreds of pounds of citrus fruit that yielded dozens and dozens of bottles of unusual and unique marmalade combinations. She was up against roughly 1,700 bottles submitted for the home-made categories! Clearly, she was in it to win it. I am hoping there is a family genetic trait/DNA that is passed on to our descendants to strive for the best, no matter what the food or other endeavor…

For the Marmalade Hall of Fame (sponsored by Paddington Bear), she entered two bottles of marmalade:

Bottle # 1 : Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Honey & Bergamot
Bottle # 2 : “Merry Marmalade” – Meyer Lemon with Tequila

For the international category, (sponsored by Mackays) she entered another two bottles of marmalade:

Bottle # 3 : Kalamansi & Lisbon Lemon
Bottle # 4 : Meyer Lemon with Ginger and Star Anise

She won GOLD awards for ALL FOUR bottles, and won best in category for:


Marmalade Hall of Fame – Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Honey & Bergamot – which she explains was the entry because with Paddington Bear as the sponsor, he just had to have a touch of honey, don’t you think?


International – Kalamansi & Lisbon Lemon – a concoction of lemon rind and kalamansi juice that apparently wowed the judges. She may have lived on New York’s Upper East Side for the last 45 years or so, but you can’t take the Pinay out of her bloodstream.

Sister joined the contest once before in 2012, with an entry that was competing for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2012. She even went to the extent of cutting traditional seville orange rinds into the shape of diamonds, and labored to distribute them evenly against the surface of the bottle so it would be worthy of the Queen, but she only got a silver award at that time, in a VERY HEATED COMPETITION for that particular award that year. She also got bronze for two other bottles. I mention this because the English, and subjects in their previous colonies or members of the Commonwealth are DEAD SERIOUS about their marmalade, and it’s rather unusual for an “outsider” to break through the invisible barrier of sorts… But these awards are very international now, fielding entries from all corners of the globe (even I once sent in a kalamansi marmalade entry, but FEDEX delivered it a day after the Sunday deadline, hence I was disqualified from the get-go, and my bottle was never tasted) and they have re-kindled an interest in marmalade making around the globe.

So if you take a look at the current 2014 list of winners in the home-made category, notice with some competitive glee that the list of winners, with their home towns listed as Kent, Surrey, Lancashire, Vale of Glamorgan now includes Sister’s two Best in Category wins with her New York home address. And as far as we know, she might be the first Cebuana via New York to win the gold at this competition! Actually, she may even be the first American to win Best in Category award as well. Heeheehee. Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to taste the “discarded” bottles of marmalade that will hopefully end up in a balikbayan box (see similar shipment, here) on the way to Manila in the next few months… :)



  1. Emil Tamayo says:

    Who is Veda Karlo? There is a name tag tied around the bottle.

    Mar 24, 2014 | 3:13 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Sister, obviously. :)

    Mar 24, 2014 | 3:20 pm

  4. Blaise says:

    Congratulations to Sister! :) I’m so happy for the humble Kalamansi :)

    Mar 24, 2014 | 3:58 pm

  5. ami says:

    The brits now know what pinoys have known all along, that calamansi is awesome! Congratulations sister and good job showcasing our calamansi to the global stage. *clap clap clap**

    Mar 24, 2014 | 4:38 pm

  6. Risa says:


    Mar 24, 2014 | 4:42 pm

  7. MrsKookie says:

    Congratulations to Sister!!!! :) niiice!!!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 4:43 pm

  8. chichay says:

    Congartulations sister. I’m glad she included our kalamansi in her entries. Anyway, may I know if you are still on the diet you posted in 2011? I’m checking out some diet plans for my daughter and I’ve seen how you seemed to manage to your weight despite all those food posts. :) Thanks!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 5:00 pm

  9. Rochelle says:

    Wow! congrats to sister MM! :)

    Mar 24, 2014 | 5:56 pm

  10. Angelo says:

    Wow, those are some straight-up hardcore marmalades.

    Mar 24, 2014 | 6:10 pm

  11. Marketman says:

    chichay, I lost close to 30 pounds in 2-3 months, and it took more than a year for most of it to come back, eating everything I wanted. I know, evil plan. The diet worked, it was just harder to keep it all off. I will be going back to a heavy vegetable diet for a month or two to drop a few pounds or so…

    Mar 24, 2014 | 6:14 pm

  12. general says:

    congratulations to your sister, mm! amazing job!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 6:23 pm

  13. Lee says:

    congratulations Sister! Sweet victory.

    Mar 24, 2014 | 6:37 pm

  14. Thel from Florida says:

    Congratulations!! Sister, You are the best!!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 7:19 pm

  15. greens_blossoms says:

    Congratulations, sister!!!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 7:38 pm

  16. greens_blossoms says:

    Congratulations, sister!!! I still remember that post when she sent you a balikbayan box full of jams….hmmmm maybe I should try some of the recipes sister has posted and put the mason jars I have to good use instead of it being used to store coffee, sugar, cornstarch and also as a soap dispenser!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 7:48 pm

  17. Chinky says:


    Mar 24, 2014 | 7:54 pm

  18. Super.me says:

    No mean feat! Congrats!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 8:09 pm

  19. Josogoru says:

    Striving for excellence and not settling for anything less are definitely in your family’s DNA. BRAVO!!!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 8:20 pm

  20. CCA19 says:

    Wow, congratulations to the whole family! :)

    Mar 24, 2014 | 8:25 pm

  21. millet says:


    Mar 24, 2014 | 8:56 pm

  22. millet says:

    congratulations, Sister!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 9:01 pm

  23. Mary Lee says:

    Congratulations. She should go into business. Or sell enough to cover her (surely massive) expenses.

    Mar 24, 2014 | 9:38 pm

  24. Jessica says:

    Hi Sister, congratulations!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 10:03 pm

  25. betty q. says:

    Congratulations, Sister!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 10:09 pm

  26. Sister says:

    Citrus is cheap, specially when it comes from Alemany market, SF, with a Google executive as the courier. Labor is expensive, all artisan marmalades are still hand sliced, it takes half an hour to shred 1 lb. of peel 1/16 of an inch wide. Robert Lambert gets $24.for 8 oz. of kalamansi marmalade and he didn’t win gold, just commended for his Limetta. Now really, how many of you would pay $48. for a pint of marmalade?
    However, life is too short for Smuckers.

    Mar 24, 2014 | 10:54 pm

  27. Cathy says:

    Congratulations! The different marmalade flavors sound amazing!

    Mar 24, 2014 | 11:30 pm

  28. Andrea says:


    Mar 24, 2014 | 11:44 pm

  29. millet says:

    …and I was fine with Smuckers until I saw Sister’s flavors!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:01 am

  30. Mart says:

    Congratulations sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:06 am

  31. AM says:

    Congratulations!! So proud that your family showcases what Phillipines and its people have to offer the world. Mabuhay!!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:17 am

  32. La Emperor says:

    First the “Best Lechon”. Now this… 2 major recognitions as the world continues to recognize Filipino’s creativity, talent and excellence in the kitchen. Kudos!!

    Thanks and congrats to “sister”.

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:43 am

  33. Catherine says:

    Impressive! Inspirational! Congratulations sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:50 am

  34. rp says:

    If i see a steaming apartment with citrus-y whiffs on my walk from the subway to the MET in the UES of Manhattan in a coupla weeks when I visit, I will know that there is a Pinay up there cooking up a vat of these marmalades! ;-) there surely must be a NY story to the seeming incongruity of this: the fast pace NYC life in the UES + the patience of bottling marmalades.

    congratulations to sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:52 am

  35. netoy says:

    Congratulations to Sister.. Now, please pass along that bottle of Merry Marmalade and don’t skimp on the Tequila :)

    Mar 25, 2014 | 3:55 am

  36. Noel says:

    Congratulations! You make us all proud!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 6:04 am

  37. Betchay says:


    Mar 25, 2014 | 6:07 am

  38. Dreaming! says:


    Mar 25, 2014 | 7:09 am

  39. kristin says:

    Congratulations Sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 7:17 am

  40. marilen says:

    Congratulations, Sister!!! on the wonderful awards!!! ( my family quite partial to marmalades)

    Mar 25, 2014 | 7:31 am

  41. Cora says:

    Congratulations, Sister! Winner of the Hall of Fame Marmalade Category and Winner of the International Marmalade Category 2014 Dalemain, Cumbria, UK

    Mar 25, 2014 | 7:33 am

  42. Monty says:

    Congratulations on such an impressive feat! Just one request though, how about more pictures of those drool worthy marmalades?

    Mar 25, 2014 | 7:47 am

  43. Josephine says:

    Congratulations Sister! That is some feat! Determination and obsession obviously run in the family. Those Brits don’t give up their laurels easily.

    Mar 25, 2014 | 8:14 am

  44. pixienixie says:

    Congratulations to your sister, MM!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 8:35 am

  45. cecile says:

    Wow! That is awesomeness! Congratulations to your sister sir! I am still experimenting on how to cook good marmalades as in edible marmalade. No success so far, my last orange marmalade is a bit bitter! :(

    Mar 25, 2014 | 8:59 am

  46. marznery says:

    Our hats off to you, Sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 9:04 am

  47. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Congratulations Sister!!! Can you be my sister too? So I can be as fortunate as MM to get a balikbayan box of goodies. ;-)

    Mar 25, 2014 | 10:17 am

  48. Thel from Florida says:

    Sister, I would like to order 1 each of the four kinds, 8 oz each (not pint) for $48 each plus shipping. Hope to hear from you. Thank you kindly.

    Mar 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

  49. Joan says:

    Congratulations Sister! Someone should feature you in our local lifestyle / food magazines here :)

    Mar 25, 2014 | 10:31 am

  50. little mary says:

    Congratulations to your sister, MM !

    Mar 25, 2014 | 10:43 am

  51. odessa says:

    wow, congrats to your Sister MM!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 11:31 am

  52. bluegirl says:

    Congratulations Sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 11:34 am

  53. mommyG says:

    Congratulations Sister!….

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm

  54. Cheryl says:

    wow! congrats Sister!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 12:57 pm

  55. ragamuffin girl says:

    Congratulations to your sister MM! Talent (and competitiveness) run deep in your family. :) May I make a suggestion? When that balikbayan box arrives PLEASE hold a contest and give away some (or most!) of its precious contents. I still have your note from when I won the kalamansi marmalade contest a few years back. I’m counting on my luck so I can try sister’s marmalades. :)

    Mar 25, 2014 | 1:16 pm

  56. bearhug0127 says:

    Congratulations Sister! Talk about dedication and passion.

    Love your comment Sister.

    And to MM, it will surely be a feast with all those bottles of marmalade coming in.

    Is there any contest forthcoming from your end so we can win any one of those fantastic marmalade from Sister?

    Mar 25, 2014 | 2:02 pm

  57. Melissa Comia says:

    Congratulations sister!!!! Amazing!!!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 2:45 pm

  58. Mimi says:

    Sister, such wonderful news to read of your victory! Congratulations! Maybe you can guest post about your marmalades as we would love to see more photos too!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 5:33 pm

  59. Corrine says:

    Congratulations to Sister! Those were fruit combinations I can only dream of. I met a French lady in Boracay years back and she fell in love with the calamansi!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 8:37 pm

  60. Nina says:

    Wow! How I wish I can taste those marmalades or at least describe to us how they taste… we’ll be in marmalade heaven!

    Mar 25, 2014 | 11:22 pm

  61. Sister says:

    Thank you all for your good wishes, marketmanila readers. I was thrilled that the Kalamansi and Lisbon lemon combination won the International category; it is an elegant marmalade with the unmistakeable sharpness and flavour of kalamansi, clear bright sparkling jelly with very fine shards of lisbon lemon peel suspended throughout the marmalade. I gave Marketman the recipe if any of you wish to duplicate it, just be forwarned it is a 3 day project. Kalamansi has been the darling of foodies and mixologists for the last 3 years so it has gotten market recognition. The millions of Filipinos in CA and Florida means there are plenty of backyard shrubs, often ornamental, and fruit can be found in the farmers markets or even online.
    Unfortunately marmalade does not photograph well, they are all golden to caramel in color. But they are very fruity, with complex flavours, sweet sour and bitter as well, far more sophisticated than jam and with a long finish because of the zest. The English traditionally like a bitter seville orange so Cecile do not despair, your orange marmalade is on track more than you think.
    All the best.

    Mar 25, 2014 | 11:53 pm

  62. bakerwannabe says:

    Congratulations Sister!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 3:30 am

  63. wisdom tooth says:

    Congratulations Sister! And, thank you for the Mango with Star Anise jam recipe. I make it whenever ataulfo mango abounds here in California.

    Mar 26, 2014 | 7:28 am

  64. Nina says:

    Thank you sister for the description; I just fantasized eating your kalamansi marmalade with a newly baked pandesal… yummy!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 7:56 am

  65. Marie says:

    Congratulations! You make us so proud! Mabuhay!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 9:03 am

  66. bagito says:

    Wow, awesome job, Sister! CONGRATS!!!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 1:41 pm

  67. sophie says:

    Congratulations Sister! Hats off to you.

    Mar 26, 2014 | 4:49 pm

  68. Eva Mondragon says:

    Congratulations, Sister! It was truly amazing. I am always on the look-out for good marmalades. I use it in some of my recipes, so I buy a bottle every time I spot a new one. I know how time-consuming it is. I spend hours just slicing peels from all kinds of citrus I can find.With this competition, I am honestly in awe on how you managed.

    Mar 26, 2014 | 5:40 pm

  69. Kasseopeia says:

    Way to go, Sister (you do have two sisters in the US, MM, right? :) )! Thank you for representing the Philippines through your marmalade. MM, sana maambunan naman kami ng mga discards ni Sister. Marmalade giveaway! Hahaha!

    I do believe that competitive streak and that “go for the gold” mindset runs in your blood, MM. A very nice trait to have in the family.

    Mar 26, 2014 | 8:50 pm

  70. Kasseopeia says:

    … and may I just say, Sister – thank you for rekindling my love for canning/preserving food. I now WANT to replicate the pineapple marmalade of my childhood, and maybe come up with something as merry (and sophisticated) as your combinations.

    I have cases and cases of Ball jars at home that have never been used for canning. Que horror!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 8:54 pm

  71. Susie says:

    Well done…what a thrill!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 9:43 pm

  72. Teresa says:

    Congratulations to our Sister Veda Karlo! What an honor! I feel the pride! And thank you MM for sharing this wonderful news. Wow, when it comes to patience and creativity and the knack for good taste, your family surely DNA carry it :) Would love to have a sample of the award winning calamansi marmalade. That citrus has eluded me for so long :-) I won’t mind buying even just one of the discarded bottles, if you haven’t sent it to MM yet lol Though not at $48 hahaha I’m visiting The MET weekend next week ???? lol

    Mar 26, 2014 | 10:04 pm

  73. Mari of NY says:

    Congratulations Sister! I wish I had the patience in making jams, jellies and marmalades.

    Mar 27, 2014 | 1:30 am

  74. Mandy says:

    Congratulations to your sister! First Asian, first Filipino, I am guessing, to win! Wow!

    Mar 27, 2014 | 3:33 am

  75. Guia says:

    Dear Sister, Congratulations, ang galing! Excellence in everything you and brother do!

    Mar 27, 2014 | 3:57 am

  76. joji says:

    Mabuhay to the sweetest Sister!

    Mar 27, 2014 | 5:52 am

  77. dianne says:

    Congratulations to the sister! Maybe someday zubuchon will sell her line of marmalades :)

    Mar 27, 2014 | 6:39 am

  78. Lei says:

    From all of your “adopted” brothers & sisters here in this Marketmanila Family, a big Congratulations to Sister!!!

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10:29 am

  79. Mrs. M says:


    How I wish I can meet sister (dreaming) =). Currently visiting NY till Sunday.

    Mar 27, 2014 | 11:41 am

  80. Ley says:

    Congratulations sister!

    Mar 27, 2014 | 7:49 pm

  81. MP says:

    WOW! This one’s seriously impressive sister! Congratulations. Why do I feel so proud and I am not even related to you…

    Mar 27, 2014 | 9:44 pm

  82. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Congratulations sister !! awesome job!!

    Mar 28, 2014 | 12:58 pm

  83. pam says:

    well done, sister!
    MM, do you mind sharing the kalamansi and lisbon lemon marmalade recipe? Thanks.

    Mar 28, 2014 | 3:25 pm

  84. EJ says:

    Congratulations, Sister! Well done!

    Mar 29, 2014 | 4:39 am

  85. Susan says:

    Wow, I want to try them so bad! Lol! Congrats Veda!

    Mar 29, 2014 | 5:15 am

  86. Irene says:

    Wow, that’s serious marmalade! I can almost smell the bergamot :)

    Congratulations to Sister!

    And, MM, if you need help in eating the discarded marmalade, I’m happy to help :)

    Mar 30, 2014 | 12:22 pm

  87. Maricel says:

    Congratulations Sister! You make us proud

    Mar 30, 2014 | 9:08 pm

  88. ELLEN says:

    Congratulations Sister!! that’s what you call PASSION! Yours and MMs passion are so contageous!

    Mar 31, 2014 | 12:17 am

  89. Getter Dragon 1 says:


    Apr 2, 2014 | 1:08 am

  90. Farida says:

    Congratulations! Sister. I have 3 calamansi trees and just looking for some recipes to use the fruits. I will certainly give this a try. Will be here in Cebu for some time. Thanks for the recipe, Sister.

    Apr 2, 2014 | 12:09 pm

  91. Rowi says:

    Congratulations MM on having a sister who is passionate and dedicated in her craft. Your pride really shines through in this post and rightfully so! Both of you deserve accolades in your desire to excel and to be the best if not among the best.

    Hej Sister,
    Belated congratulations! Fantastic! Well-deserved! What’s the next exotic flavour combination in the marmalade horizon? Quince with calamansi, perhaps?

    Apr 2, 2014 | 6:02 pm


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