"No reason nor rhyme was given and this was after six months of legwork the WSFC did in curating and accommodating the TPB and DOT ideals for the event,"the WSFC said on its Facebook page.
"This in unbecoming of the TPB and DOT, but we doubt this is personal as we have a good working relationship with the ground team," the WSFC said.
WSFC apologized to local and international food fans, sponsors, partners and entrepreneurs who have already placed their interest in this year's event.
Asked if organizers of WSFC can resubmit the project proposal in the coming years, Puyat said it is possible if licensing fees are lowered.
The Philippines hosted the WSFC in 2016 and 2017 and it was also slated to host last year's edition of the congress, but organizers said the TPB decided to cancel the project due to circumstances beyond its control.
A typical WSFC cluster in vSphere utilizes a storage configuration technique known as raw device mapping to connect VMs directly to the storage area network (SAN).
The Failover Clustering feature in SQL Server Standard Edition works with Microsoft's WSFC to provide automatic and seamless failover and failback on a fully redundant configuration.
The problem is WSFC and other failover clustering solutions require some form of shared storage, and fully redundant, cluster-aware shared storage (e.g., SANs) can be quite expensive.
The synchronized storage is presented to WSFC as if it were a shared disk.
"We thank the Dept of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotion Board for their ardent belief and support on this movement and the WSFC," he added.
The country last hosted WSFC in May 2017 in coordination with DOT and TPB headed by then resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and TPB Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano.
In April last year, however, WSFC canceled the event citing "circumstances beyond its control" as the reason and on behalf of its event presenter, TPB.