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Obama thanks Fil-Am chef for lumpia, adobo in White House

Louis Bacani (The Philippine Star) - April 28, 2014 - 8:27pm

MANILA, Philippines — It seems that United States President Barack Obama has been enjoying Filipino food even before he set foot on Philippine land on Monday.

Obama said the US and the Philippines have a shared pride in the millions of Filipino-Americans who contribute to the US every day.

But he made special mention to Cristeta Comerford, the White House executive chef born in Manila. Obama said he is grateful to the Filipina-American for her services.

"Thanks to her, we in the White House enjoy the occasional lumpia and adobo," Obama said in a short speech as he offered a toast during the televised state dinner in Malacañang.

Obama also said that Americans feel their spirit in their friendship with the Philippines "that expresses itself in so many ways."

He cited the US and the Philippines' mutual obsession with basketball and the shared admiration for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

"Even if sometimes he's playing against Americans and it doesn't turn out the way we like," Obama said.

Obama said that as a treaty ally, the US has an "iron-clad" commitment to defend the Philippines' security and independence.

"On behalf of the American people, we are honored and proud to call you an ally and a friend," Obama said in front of about 300 guests that included Philippine officials.

The American leader was also served with Filipino food during the state dinner.

Read: Obama to get a taste of Filipino food at state dinner

CRISTETA COMERFORD FILIPINA-AMERICAN FILIPINO FILIPINO-AMERICANS MALACA MANNY PACQUIAO OBAMA UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHITE HOUSE
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