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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte was held Thursday, June 30, and the guests at his diplomatic reception will be dining on food by caterer Via Mare.
The 5-dish menu was released a few days before the inauguration and included the following:
- Monggo soup, smoked fish with alugbati in demitasse cups
- Pandesal with kesong puti and Vigan longganisa grilled on the spot
- Lumpia ubod pouch
- Durian tartlet
- Fried saba using Carbava banana
A few hours before the inauguration started, Via Mare was already busy in the Malacañang kitchens preparing food for the guests.
In the photos below, you can catch the kitchen staff mixing big pots of monggo soup, preparing the saba for frying, and getting the pandesal ready for the meal ahead.
The newly inaugurated president is set to eat with the diplomats in Malacañang’s Presidential Hall, while his other guests will dine at the Heroes’ Hall.
Duterte instructed his inauguration committee to keep the event simple, hence the menu having 5 dishes. But committee member Liset Marquez told Rappler that bigger servings of the food will compensate for the limited types of food.
Marquez also said that monggo soup was part of the menu as it’s Duterte’s favorite and that durian is a Davao City specialty, a reference to Duterte’s time as Davao City mayor. – Rappler.com