Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla took to Instagram her gratitude towards President Duterte and his wife Honeylet Avanceña for being invited to a private dinner held at Malacañang Palace last night, May 7.
Mariel alongside her husband Robin Padilla shared the table for dinner with the country’s president.
The Kapamilya actress recalled the wonderful night she experienced at the palace, “A memorable evening for me courtesy of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and First Lady Honeylet.”
“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is not the first President that I campaigned for but he is the first President to invite me to the palace. The room was filled with celebrities who supported him both silently and openly.” she mentioned.
“When the President arrived he sat down and immediately said “mag tatlong taon na akong presidente ngayon lang ako makapagpasalamat sa inyo.” Madam Honeylet flew in from Davao just to be at the thanksgiving dinner and she flies back to Davao the next day, during her introduction speech she mentioned that they are not really fond of hosting parties... so I knew it was a special night!”
She added, “On the menu was salad, mushroom soup, fillet mignon and strawberry cheesecake. The menu was a special request made by the President himself “sabi ko ibahin naman ang pagkain. Kasi ang pagkain talaga dito isang ulam, kanin at sabaw. Sabi ko gawin espesyal.”
The highlight of Mariel’s night was when President Duterte specially prepared a different menu for her and her husband to be able to observe their Muslim belief while at the event.
“My favorite moment of the evening that made me admire our President even more... the fillet mignon was wrapped in bacon so in advanced the kitchen staff prepared fish for Robin and I. When our fish arrived Senatorial candidate Freddie aguilar and his wife, jovie, wanted fish as well because they are muslims too. Robin being the gentleman that he is gave his fish to Jovie so she could eat ahead.”
“The whole table was prompted to eat all except for Robin, Ka Freddie and PRRD. He said “sige kumain na kayo hintayin ko si Robin” and he really waited for Robin’s food to arrive. I know maliit na bagay but diba it’s the little things that matter. Super nakakatuwa at nakaka touched talaga. Yung loyalty ni Robin kay President ay hindi sayang because it is reciprocated with kindness. Truly a memorable evening!!!”
The Showtime host wore a sleeveless Carolina Herrera dress but covered it with a pale blue blazer, “(side kwento I didn’t know hindi pala pwede naka sleeveless... i had to cover my beautiful Carolina Herrera dress hehe buti na lang may blazer sa car)”
Kris Aquino commented on her post and agreed that “it’s those human gestures of saying THANK YOU that matter…”
Here’s the full conversation of the two:
Aside from Mariel and Robin, other celebrities like John Lloyd Cruz, Richard Gomez, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Phillip Salvador, Aiko Melendez, Vhong Navarro, Ruffa Gutierrez, Alex Gonzaga, Ice Seguerra, Liza Diño, Annabelle Rama, and Ryan Bang flocked to the event to show their continued support to President Duterte.