The humble menu for Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration party

Here’s a taste of some of the changes coming to politics in the Philippines.

For his presidential inauguration on June 30, Rodgrigo Duterte, the tough-talking populist from the country’s southern region, has shunned the usual trappings of a posh affair in favor of a “modest diplomatic reception.”

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Instead of a lavish state dinner, the 627 dignitaries and supporters will have to make do with finger food such as plantain fritters (maruya), mongo bean soup, buns filled with cheese from carabao’s milk (kesong putt), and durian fruit tarts.

And instead of usual the wine or vin d’honneur, the Philippines’ 16th president has chosen to toast with coconut juice.


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With only three days to go before the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, his camp on Monday revealed details of the food to be served to his around 600 guests at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace. Inaugural committee member Lisette Marques told reporters in Davao City that they will keep to Duterte’s wishes of a simple celebration and serve finger food. “Iyong ating mga isi-serve sa ating mga bisita basically finger food, meron tayong lumpia, monggo in cups. Meron tayong cheese, kesong puti in pandesal. Iyon iyong mga simpleng bagay na ilalagay natin to also answer to his wishes,” she said. Presidential spokesperson Ernie Abella told GMA News Online in a text message that the inauguration will be catered by Via Mare, founded by restaurateur and writer Glenda Barretto. Via Mare’s concept dining arm Cafe Via Mare is well-loved for its take on Filipino classic fare such as bibingka and pancit luglog. Its catering services provider was picked for the papal visit of St. John Paul II, the Miss Universe pageant in 1995, and ASEAN Summit in Cebu in 2007. Via Mare was also the go-to caterer of former First Lady Imelda Marcos for galas in the Malacañan during the Marcos years. —Trisha Macas/JST, GMA News – See more at: utm_source=GMANews&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=GMANewsFacebook#sthash.su6MlKIJ.dpuf #monggo #mungbeans #munggo #munggoday #lumpia #kesongputi #viamare #food #foodie #frugal #tipidpamore #simplelife #changeiscoming #RodrigoDuterte #malacanangpalace #du30 #inauguration #Aestheticscience #ASclinic #beautybyas #BestFacialInManila #Manila #Philippines #ItsmorefuninthePhilippines #pinoy #filipino

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Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar says that the simple menu and austere celebration is in keeping with Duterte’s preference to do away with fussy and extravagant events.

Sartorial substitutes and corduroy slacks

Duterte also is bucking tradition when it comes to presidential fashion. He plans to pair his formal Philippine barong tagalog ceremonial shirt with casual corduroy slacks. His common-law wife, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, said that he initially considered wearing black denim for the historic event. “The usual kind of [formal] pants made from synthetic fibers will not work for him. He prefers black jeans or cords,” she told Rappler. “That’s how he is, we can’t do anything about it.”

epa05361307 A handout picture provided by Davao City Mayor's Office on 13 June 2016 shows Filipino President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (R) speaking to Philip Goldberg (L) United States Ambassador to the Philippines, during a meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines. Police have reported the discovery of a million dollar bounty being offered to whoever kills Rodrigo Duterte, according to media reports.  EPA/DAVAO CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Casual commander-in-chief. (EPA/Davao City Mayors Office)

Duterte’s inaguration will be steamed live on Facebook for Filipinos, who are among the largest users of the platform. “The streaming of the inauguration on Facebook is mainly for those who don’t have access to television and radio in the Philippines,” Andanar said at a press briefing, referring to some 10.2 million overseas Filipino workers around the world, a majority of whom voted for Duterte.

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