(Feature) Only Davao’s best for Japanese Prime Minister Abe

MANILA -- A Davao-themed morning was planned for the private meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the President's residence in Davao City on Friday morning.

They got off to a good start with a breakfast of heart of banana salad, monggo soup, fresh fruits like mango, pomelo, and rambutan, and native rice cakes, such as biko, suman, kutsinta and puto. To go with these were Earl Grey black tea, coffee and coconut juice.

After breakfast, President Duterte and Prime Minister Abe proceeded to the Waterfront Insular Hotel to meet with Japanese and Filipino businessmen. This was followed by an eagle-naming ceremony, during which a Philippine eagle was named "Sakura", or cherry blossom, as a symbol of the growing friendship and partnership between the Philippines and Japan. Davao is home to the Philippine eagle.

After the ceremony, Prime Minister Abe was treated to a luncheon that featured Japanese-inspired Filipino dishes, prepared with ingredients native to Davao.

Chefs Nobuyki Imamura, Giovanni Sias and Victor Barangan cooked up an impressive fare -- imbao soup with coco cream, wakame, pomelo and fern salad with avocado aioli, squid ink biscuit and cream cheese in almonds for starters; mangosteen glazed tuna belly with corn grits for the main course; and durian panna cota, biko turon, and civet coffee jello for dessert.

On top of these, there were a fruit buffet offered at the gazebo and the 61-kg. class-A tuna for sashimi, showcasing their abundance in Davao and Mindanao.

The Japanese premier ate durian, pineapple, watermelon, marang, and mangosteen, while his wife Akie had pineapple.

On the other hand, President Duterte had durian and marang, while his partner Honeylet AvanceAa had durian.

"Durian is usually eaten using our hands," President Duterte explained to his Japanese counterpart, who in turn showed appreciation for the fruit.

But before lunch was served, the President gave Prime Minister Abe a 'barong', the Philippine national dress, as a present.

During the luncheon, the Japanese guests were entertained by students of the F. Bustamante Central Elementary School, who performed dances that reflect the festive mood of the Kadayawan Festival. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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