Davao durian sweetens Philippines President Duterte's inaugural menu

Mr Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' President on June 30.
Mr Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' President on June 30. PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The menu for President Rodrigo Duterte's inauguration on Thursday (June 30) featured food that showcases the rich Filipino culinary and the Duterte administration's down-to-earth approach, according to the presidential palace.

Davao's famous durian provided the sweet ending to the former Davao mayor's swearing in at the Malacanang Palace, the palace said in the statement.

The fruit were served in tartlets and not in its unadulterated pungent form.

The menu comprised lumpiang ubod (coconut pith spring roll), pandesal (bun) with kesong puti (goat cheese), and Vigan longganisa (native sausage) grilled on the spot, monggo (mung bean) soup with smoked fish and alugbati (malabar spinach) in demitasse cups, fried saba (Cardava banana) slices; and durian tartlet.

Pine-mango cooler and dalandan (native orange) juice completed the line-up.

Via Mare, a Palace-accredited concessionaire, prepared the dishes.

Monggo soup is said to be a favourite of the incoming president, who had said he wanted a simple ceremony for his inauguration.

He decided to forgo the usual public rally held for the inauguration of past presidents and held his at Malacanang instead.