Duterte wants DOT’s ‘Kaon Ta’ to spice up PH as culi­nary des­ti­na­tion

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News -

DAVAO CITY (PNA) – Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is hope­ful the Kaon Ta food and travel expo of the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) would spice up the coun­try’s im­age as a world culi­nary des­ti­na­tion.

“Let this oc­ca­sion strengthen your re­solve to de­velop fur­ther Filipino cui­sine, agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, and tech­nol­ogy that cel­e­brate the best of be­ing Filipino,” the Pres­i­dent said in his speech dur­ing the launch of "Kaon Ta" or “Let’s Eat!” at the Abreeza Mall here on Fri­day night.

Duterte also wished that the DOT ini­tia­tive would boost that im­age by bring­ing to­gether lo­cal chefs, world­class dishes, and the best agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

“Let this gath­er­ing spark greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our di­verse cui­sine as we steer Philip­pine agri­cul­ture and tourism into even greater heights,” he said.

Laud­ing the depart­ment for cook­ing up Kaon Ta as a unique and won­der­ful culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence, the Pres­i­dent said it should also raise aware­ness and greater de­mand for the grow­ing busi­ness.

He like­wise reaf­firmed the im­por­tant role of the tourism in­dus­try in the coun­try’s quest for in­clu­sive growth and bring­ing down poverty as it would cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Filipinos.

Duterte wel­comed the ini­tia­tive as “it har­nesses the po­ten­tial of farm tourism as an ef­fec­tive tool in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the growth of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.”

Kaon Ta as a tourism ap­proach, he said, is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity among Filipinos and for­eign tourists as­pir­ing to take a break from a stress­ful city life.

The event brought the Pres­i­dent back to one of his fa­vorite haunts -Sana’s Karen­derya -- one of the ex­hibitors at the mall.

Sana’s was where Duterte would hang out when­ever he wanted to eat bal­bacua (cow skin stew) and tapa (thin slices of cured meat) when he was still a pros­e­cu­tor. He also tried the Chilli Con Carne of Aling Fop­ings, which is fa­mous for its halo-halo.

Kaon Ta is a food and travel fes­ti­val de­signed to cre­ate aware­ness and in­ter­est in Philip­pine cui­sine and tourist des­ti­na­tions. It fea­tures lo­cal chefs, lo­cal dishes, lo­cal prod­ucts, and farm tourism sites.

LONG-TIME CUS­TOMER – Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte tries the Chili Con Carne of one of his fa­vorite restau­rants Aling Fop­ing's dur­ing the launch of Kaon Ta, a food and travel fes­ti­val, at Abreeza Mall in Davao City on Fri­day. (Keith Ba­con­gco)

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