MANILA - From fashion and food to message, the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte is expected to divert from the glamour that marked the ceremony in previous administrations.
Malacañang on Sunday reminded legislators and guests to observe the business attire in the SONA on Monday, instead of donning long gowns and suits.
The Palace also confirmed that the menu for the event would include native dishes like salted duck eggs with dressing, mongo soup, smoked fish with alugbati on grissini bread, fresh lumpia ubod in pouch, and chicken and spicy tuna empanaditas.
Other dishes approved were sotong goreng or deep fried calamaris tossed in chili and bell pepper, crispy triangles of flaked chicken adobo and mushrooms, fried lumpia ubod, pandesal with kesong puti and beef steak, penne with taba ng talangka sauce, balut pâté in profiteroles and chicken skin crackling.
(READ: What's on the menu: SONA 2016)
An estimated 800 people will be served, including the 293 congressmen and 24 senators, whom the President will address on the opening of the Congress joint session every year.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said Duterte's speech will rouse love of country among Filipnos.
Acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza has been tapped to direct the event, pro bono.
Leftist militants, for their part, have vowed not mount rallies during the SONA, but march instead in support of the new President.
Among the thousands expected at the march are delegates from lumad communities in Northern Mindanao and Caraga.