NZ premier finds her barong scratchy

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - – He­len Flores

While oth­ers were im­pressed with her Filipino at­tire, New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern found the barong blouse pre­sented to her as “scratchy and quite starched.”

Ardern wore the barong dur­ing last Sun­day’s gala din­ner for the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Sum­mit and Re­lated Meet­ings in Manila. In a video posted by New­shub yes­ter­day, the 37-year-old Ardern was seen show­ing her beige barong to the for­eign press, de­scrib­ing it as “scratchy” and “quite starched.”

Ardern said the barong was made of pineap­ple husk. She even al­lowed a jour­nal­ist to check the texture of the shirt.

When asked what the shirt made of pineap­ple husk smelled like, she replied: “I’m not go­ing to sniff the shirt on cam­era.”

Ardern is­sued the com­ment be­fore hold­ing a press con­fer­ence in Manila. She looked el­e­gant in the barong, which she paired with a black be­low-theknee skirt.

New Zealand For­eign Min­is­ter Win­ston Peters, who joined Ardern at the press con­fer­ence, was asked if he also re­ceived a barong.

“If I did, I’d re­gard it as be­ing per­sonal,” Peters said in jest.

A jour­nal­ist com­mented that the barong smells “very nice.”

The barong and Filip­ini­ana at­tire worn by the lead­ers and their spouses dur­ing the gala din­ner were cre­ated by Rajo Lau­rel, Al­bert An­drada and Randy Ortiz.

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