29 Apr '17, 4pm

Why is Duterte — and other ASEAN leaders — like durian? @philstarstyle https://t.co/4swJZnj2yy

Why is Duterte — and other ASEAN leaders — like durian? @philstarstyle https://t.co/4swJZnj2yy

America’s Smithsonian magazine once described durian as “the notorious Asian fruit.” Similarly, western media often resort to negatives when describing our leader, President Rody R. Duterte. Maybe you could make a case that most of our strong, colorful and popular leaders in the ASEAN region, including President Duterte, are like the exotic, pungent and earthy durian fruit — often misunderstood by those in the west, but good in taste and nutritious. Just days before the start of the historic ASEAN Summit in Manila, I was invited to head an ASEAN delegation of mostly business and economic journalists to tour the vast infrastructure and modern high-speed railway projects across central and northwest China. In the ancient imperial capital of Xian City, I was pleasantly surprised that we culturally, linguistically, religiously and ethnically diverse ASEAN media delegates were ...

Full article: http://www.philstar.com/sunday-life/2017/04/30/1695138/wh...

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