She was one of the five young women professionals featured in Emirates Woman Magazine in 1995 in a Special Report, "Why the Future is Female". Her story in The New Filipino Kitchen recounts what it’s like to be a single Filipino female expat in an extremely male-dominated and couple-oriented society.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and earned multiple MBA-level Executive Certificates in Marketing & Business Strategies from Cornell University. She currently lives in the UK, her 7th country of residence. 


Rowena Dumlao-Giardina is a food, wine, and travel blogger, recipe developer, and food photographer and stylist. Her work has appeared on sites like Huffington Post, Bon Appetit, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Upwave of CNN. Her personal blog is Apron and Sneakers. 

She is a contributing author, food stylist and photographer of THE NEW FILIPINO KITCHEN. In her story, she discovers the reason behind her Fatal Attraction-kind of obsession for a particular type of plant.

Jacqueline Chio-Lauri has opened and managed several restaurants at five-star hotels. The New Filipino Kitchen, of which she is also a contributing author, is the first anthology she compiled and edited. It won the 2017 Sunshot Prose Finalist Prize before it was published.
Jacqueline’s writing appears in anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength. Her short memoir, “Good for One”, won the short memoir writing competition at and was published in the anthology Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road. The book won awards for anthologies at the New England, Los Angeles, and Great NorthWest Book Festivals. Her writing also appears on global media sites, such as Huffington Post and Epicurious.  

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