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How Did Justin Trudeau Manage to End Up in Jollibee?

The Canadian Prime Minister launches a charm offensive during his visit.
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In case you've been living under a rock or you just don't understand why the traffic has been terrible all weekend long, it's because the Philippines is back to hosting the ASEAN conference, which means world leaders are all over Metro Manila.

One world leader here for the conference is political favorite Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister who, between all the ASEAN festivities, managed to grab a quick snack earlier this afternoon, November 12, at a Jollibee branch in North Harbor, Tondo, Manila.

Of course a man with popularity as immense as Trudeau can't just simply walk into a fast food chain. According to a Jollibee representative, the Canadian embassy reached out to the company a few days ago to ask if they could include a Jollibee stop in the PM's itinerary. Security protocols were then coordinated accordingly.


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After ordering a one-piece Chickenjoy with rice and a Strawberry Tea Float, Trudeau made rounds at the restaurant, taking selfies with other customers, posed with the staff, and even shared someone's french fries. 

The same source mentioned that Trudeau is already familiar with the Jollibee brand and how it's well-loved by Filipinos. In January 2017, he even visited the Winnipeg Jollibee branch, the chain's first in Canada.

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Sasha Lim Uy
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Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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