Duterte hosts 1,300 guests at gala dinner for the 31st ASEAN Summit
MANILA ( Nov 12 ): On Sunday evening, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and their dialogue partners were in a celebratory mood at the gala dinner for this year’s 31st ASEAN Summit hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte together with his common-law wife Cielito Avanceña at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The SMX Complex was lighted by world-renowned giant lanterns from Pampanga. Inquirer reported that 1,300 guests attended the event in which the dinner menu included ensaladang ubod at alugbati (heart of palm and malabar spinach salad), sinigang na maya maya sa miso (soured red snapper in miso broth), bistek sushi (Filipino steak sushi), and charcoal grilled apahap fillet with tomcat-mango sambal. For dessert, the guests had “budin,” Filipino caramel flan.
There was also a showcase of Filipino talents and artistry. The classic song “Manila” set the mood for the guests, who were also entertained with ballet, folk, ballroom, tap, and contemporary dance performances by top local talents. There was also a surprise song number from President Duterte, a duet with singer Pilita Corrales for the song ‘Ikaw’.
According to Inquirer, Filipino top designers Albert Andrade, Rajo Laurel, and Randy Ortiz designed the barong tagalog and Filipiniana gowns that world leaders and their spouses wore during the gala dinner. Andrade made piña fabric-made barong tagalog that would either have full or half button-down silhouette with intricate embroidery on the center front, collar, and cuffs. Each of the 22 world leaders’ barong tagalog would have its own unique embroidery designs while its front and cuff buttons would feature the Asean logo.