Caught today's broadcast of quiz show "Game KNB? -- quite possibly one of the few bright lights in local TV programming -- and came away with an understanding of presidential eating habits. What do you know? Some TV is actually educational.
One particularly unassuming contestant was a waiter going by the name of Jojo. He was a waiter in Dagupan, some twelve years now on the job. Host Edu Manzano coaxed him for stories about celebrities, and he let drop that he had served meals for three presidents: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, and Fidel Ramos.
So how do presidents eat out? Well, their food is kept on a separate table, and the dishes are covered. The Presidential Security Guard secures the table, and no one is allowed near it. I believe he said that it's actually the guards who take out the covers.
And -- get this -- there are presidential food tasters.
Yes, as in the days of old, when emperors and empresses feared assassination by poisoning, our presidents today still have official food tasters. The tasters sample a little bit of each dish before the meal, down to the sauce.
The food taster he met, according to the waiter, was a little woman. He asked if she accompanied the president on trips abroad, and she said no. She's only assigned to Luzon.
I don't know if this story is true, but it certainly sounds plausible. Regardless, it was a very good yarn.
Oh, and presidents are lousy tippers.