Isang hindi makakalimutang gabi para sa TV host na si Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla ang appreciation dinner na inihanda ni Honeylet Avanceña para sa celebrity supporters—lantaran man o patago—sa partner nitong si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.
Ginanap ang private dinner sa Rizal Hall ng Malacañang Palace noong May 7, Martes, kung saan bumuhos ang maraming celebrities.
Kabilang sa mga dumalo sina Mariel at asawang si Robin Padilla, John Lloyd Cruz, Ruffa Gutierrez, Aiko Melendez, Alex Gonzaga, Phillip Salvador, Ice Seguerra, Vhong Navarro, Ryan Bang, Rodjun Cruz, Ynez Veneracion, Jimmy Bondoc, Luke Mejares, Arnell Ignacio, Vivian Velez, Chad Borja, Liza Diño, Richard Gomez, Annabelle Rama, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano, Bayani Agbayani, Joseph Marco, Dulce, Gretchen Ho, at Ai-Ai delas Alas.
Espesyal din ang menu noong gabing iyon: mesclun green salad in raspberry vinaigrette dressing, cream of mushroom soup, grilled fillet mignon in bourguignonne sauce served with double baked potato and vegetables in season, and cotton soft cheesecake with fresh strawberries.
Kuwento ni Mariel sa kanyang Instagram post kagabi, May 8, hindi si Pangulong Duterte ang unang presidential candidate na ikinampanya niya, ngunit ito lamang ang nag-imbita sa kanya sa Palasyo.
Saad ng Kapamilya TV host: “A memorable evening for me courtesy of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and First Lady Honeylet.
“PRRD is not the first President that I campaigned for but he is the first President to invite me to the palace.
“The room was filled with celebrities who supported him both silently and openly.
“When the President arrived he sat down and immediately said 'mag tatlong taon na akong presidente ngayon lang ako makapagpasalamat sa inyo.'
“Madam Honeylet flew in from Davao just to be at the thanksgiving dinner and she flies back to Davao the next day, during her introduction speech she mentioned that they are not really fond of hosting parties... so i knew it was a special night!”
Sinadya raw ni Pangulong Duterte na mag-iba ng menu dahil kadalasan sa mga okasyon sa Malacañang ay kanin, isang ulam, at sabaw lamang ang inihahanda.
Dagdag pa ng It’s Showtime host, “On the menu was salad, mushroom soup, fillet mignon and strawberry cheesecake.
“The menu was a special request made by the President himself 'sabi ko ibahin naman ang pagkain.
“Kasi ang pagkain talaga dito isang ulam, kanin at sabaw.
“Sabi ko gawin espesyal.'
“My favorite moment of the evening that made me admire our President even more... the fillet mignon was wrapped in bacon so in advanced the kitchen staff prepared fish for Robin and I.
“When our fish arrived Senatorial candidate Freddie aguilar and his wife, jovie, wanted fish as well because they are muslims too.
“Robin being the gentleman that he is gave his fish to Jovie so she could eat ahead.
“The whole table was prompted to eat all except for Robin, Ka Freddie and PRRD.
“He said 'sige kumain na kayo hintayin ko si Robin' and he really waited for Robin’s food to arrive.
“I know maliit na bagay but diba it’s the little things that matter.
“Super nakakatuwa at nakaka touched talaga.
“Yung loyalty ni Robin kay President ay hindi sayang because it is reciprocated with kindness.
“Truly a memorable evening!!! Big big thanks to Senatorial Candidate Bong Go for making the evening possible. (side kwento I didn’t know hindi pala pwede naka sleeveless... i had to cover my beautiful Carolina Herrera dress hehe buti na lang may blazer sa car).”
Sa comments section, nagkomento si Kris Aquino.
Nahiya raw si Kris na hindi man lang naimbita si Mariel noong nakaupo pa ang kanyang kapatid na si former President Noynoy Aquino sa Malacañang.
Sabi ni Kris, “Hi Ma... it’s those human gestures of saying THANK YOU that matter...
“Nahiya ako that hindi ka na invite for a proper thank you celebration (i am keeping my fingers crossed at some point you did receive flowers?)
“On a side note- may funny kwento ako- there was a lunch for an ASEAN head of state- and invitation said business attire.
“Napagalitan ako because i think i wore a skin baring outfit- nasabihan ako na, didn’t you read na “business attire”?
“i said yes, in our industry ito ang business attire. so don’t sweat it- i broke that sleeveless rule countless times- nag backless, nag halter, nag plunging.”
Sagot ni Mariel, wala rin siyang natanggap na flowers. Pero wala raw siyang problema rito.
Sabi niya kay Kris, “@krisaquino hi ate!!! No I didn’t receive flowers maybe because i was married na hehehe but my friendship with you is more than enough hehehe bawal pala skin baring."
Dispensa pa ni Kris, “@marieltpadilla i apologize na kinulang sa personal touch.”
Sabi naman ni Mariel, walang dapat alalahanin si Kris tungkol dito.
Aniya, “@krisaquino no need to apologize ate i was not expecting anything personal in exchange i willingly did it from my heart.”