Canada's Justin Trudeau visits Jollibee in Manila


Posted at Nov 12 2017 07:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2017 10:55 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a Jollibee branch in Tondo when he arrived in the Philippines on Sunday for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

In a photo by Agence France Presse, the Canadian leader was spotted with a take-out meal from the Filipino fast food chain, which opened its first Canadian branch last December 2016.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a baby during a visit at a non-government women's health advocacy group called Likhaan, before attending the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Jollibee also posted photos of Trudeau's visit, showing the prime minister of Canada talking and taking selfies with some of the customers at the fast food restaurant.


Trudeau ordered fried chicken and strawberry float before going around, shaking hands and talking to the delighted customers, a Reuters report said. 

"Can I get it to go? I'll eat it in the car," Trudeau said, before going behind the counter for a photograph with the Jollibee staff.

Jose Minana, a Jollibee executive, said it was Canadian officials who requested for the visit. 

The Canadian leader already had a taste of Jollibee when he visited its then newly-opened branch in Winnipeg, Canada. Another branch of the Filipino fast food chain will be opened in the city this month.

"We're very humbled by him taking time from his obviously busy schedule to give us a slice of his time," said Minana.

Aside from the fast food chain, he also stopped by Likhaan, a women's health advocacy center, when he arrived in Manila.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves after visiting a Jollibee restaurant, a Filipino multinational chain of fast food restaurants, before attending the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, in Manila. Ted Aljibe, AFP

This is Trudeau's second trip to the Philippines, since November 2015, where his good looks earned him the moniker "APEC Hottie" from social media users, alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. -- with reports from Manolo Serapio Jr., Reuters