Philippines' sets delicious kitchen diplomacy in motion


Philippines sets delicious kitchen diplomacy in motion
Philippine consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes (right) presenting the cookbooks. Supplied photo

Dubai - The cookbooks are in English and all the featured food is halal


Angel Tesorero

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Published: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 10:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 1 Sep 2016, 1:48 PM

The Philippines is strengthening its ties with the UAE and this time around, they want the bonding to happen in the kitchen.
To promote their cuisine among Emiratis and other UAE residents, the Philippine Consulate recently donated Filipino cookbooks to the Dubai Public Library, consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes said.
"The distribution of cookbooks showcasing Filipino cuisine is part of our efforts to further bring ?together the UAE and the Filipino expat community," Cortes said. "I hope this will spur interest in Philippine cuisine among the locals, since we are one of the largest expat groups in the country."
Over 610,000 Filipinos reside in the UAE, with 415,000 living in Dubai and the northern emirates. "The cookbooks were written in English, specifically for the Middle East, and all the featured food is halal," Cortes added.
Fahad Almamari, director of the Dubai Public Library System, received the donated books at a small ceremony held at the Dubai Public Library in Al Qusais on Sunday.

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