Balesin restaurant . File Photo
MANILA – Balesin Island Club broke its silence on Monday after fashion designer and model Maggie Wilson-Consunji condemned the members-only resort for serving “yaya meals” to visiting helpers and nannies.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the exclusive resort in Quezon province said it “does not understand this entire hullabaloo about the yaya meal,” adding that “any talk of discrimination is inappropriate.”
Balesin’s chief executive officer and island director, Mike Asperin, explained that the “yaya meal” offered at the resort's 22 restaurants is “merely an accommodation and an option” that guests can avail for their household help.
“Hence, we do not serve this meal if there is no instruction at all from the guest for a yaya meal to be served to a yaya,” he said.
Asperin went on to say that the helpers of their guests at the resort “are thrilled with their meals because they are deliciously prepared by our chefs, as well, for our operating staff.”
Wilson-Consunji, who was staying at Balesin at the time, shared in a Facebook post over the weekend that the resort was offering “yaya meals” which are exclusive to the guests’ household help.
She found out about these meals when her mother was not allowed to order the same thing as her child’s nanny.
According to Coconuts Manila, “yaya meals” at Balesin usually include chicken or pork adobo with rice.
Balesin mentioned in its latest statement, however, that it would serve a “yaya” tenderloin steak and lobster thermidor if the guest wants.