Before flying back home, President Benigno Aquino III enjoyed a Yum burger with cheese and French fries at a Jollibee store in Singapore on Wednesday, November 18.
Aquino left Manila on Tuesday for a two-day working visit in Singapore where he met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Tony Tan and top business executives who participated in The Economist magazine’s “The World in 2015” conference.
Unlike his much-criticized photos when he visited a McDonald’s outlet and dropped by a gun store in San Francisco on the last day of his US visit earlier this year, the President’s visit at the Filipino-owned Jollibee store looked like a pleasant surprise to Filipinos there.
Photos of Aquino mingling with a crowd of Filipinos at Jollibee store inside Lucky Plaza, a famous shopping center frequented by Filipinos in the island-state, immediately went viral on social media sites.
One photo showed him dining at the burger joint with some of his Cabinet officials and security escorts. Another photo showed the President having selfie photos with some of the Filipinos who waited to see him.
A tweet from Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, who was part of the President’s official delegation, read: “The Filipino crowd inside the Jollibee in Lucky Plaza. It felt like home!”
Aquino’s burger run also made headlines on The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language broadsheet. The Jollibee in Lucky Plaza is the only one in Singapore and was named as the fast food chain’s top outlet globally.
The President’s visit at the American McDonald’s burger chain caused a stir because it supposedly caused traffic jam in the area.