Boston, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino shared a pepperoni pizza with U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III at a pizzeria that was one of the Philippine leader’s favorites when his family lived in exile in Boston.
Aquino met with the grandnephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy at Bill’s Pizzeria in Newton on Monday morning, prior to his scheduled policy speech at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Except for a photo coverage, reporters were not allowed at the meeting between the two scions of their countries’ most influential political families. At press time, details of their 30-minute meeting have yet to be released.
However, sources close to Kennedy said that the congressman was extremely upset and insulted when the Philippine president asked for a knife and fork for his pizza slice. “Over here in Massachusetts, or anywhere in the U.S., we eat pizza with our hands, never with any utensil,” Kennedy reportedly told Aquino. Apparently, Aquino wanted to impress upon Kennedy that while Filipinos are known for eating their food with their hands, they also know how to use utensils.
The sources also said that while Kennedy was pleased to meet with Aquino, he was disgusted that the breakfast meeting was held at a pizzeria. “In America, we don’t eat pizza for breakfast. We eat pancakes, bacon and eggs,” Kennedy said.