WhiteWoods Hotel says it's chicken sausage, not kikiam, in breakfast menu for SEA Games footbelles

WhiteWoods Hotel clarified that the footbelles of the SEA Games were served chicken sausage for breakfast. Mia Montayre/PFF (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--WhiteWoods Convention and Leisure Hotel vehemently denied that it served kikiam as part of its breakfast menu for the participating Southeast Asian Games women's football teams billeted at the said place.

"For the specific breakfast meal in question, chicken sausage (and not kikiam), was part of a wider menu that included an omelette station, other assorted sausages, fruits, fresh fruit juices, bread, and rice," the Silang-based hotel said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Monday, Malditas coach Let Dimzon told Filipino reporters present at the pre-tournament press conference for the SEA Games women's football event at WhiteWoods that kikiam, a popular street food among Filipinos, was among those being served to the lady footballers.

However, WhiteWoods said that Dimzon mistook the chicken sausage for kikiam, leading to her now viral comment.

"The coach who released a statement to the media has repeatedly apologized to our staff and management for the erroneous kikiam comment," the hotel further stated. This coach admitted that she was not present during the breakfast buffet. She saw the chicken sausage in a plastic container (which is not a hotel container, as we do not use plastic for packed meals) and assumed that this was the full breakfast offering."

WhiteWoods then called on those who already shared the reports about the kikiam claims "to correct these issues."

"This experience has only strengthened our love for country and our desire to serve our athletes and international delegations as best as we can during their entire stay with us. We hope our commitment to hospitality serves as a concrete contribution to our country during this time, and we are filled with gratitude for this opportunity," the statement concluded.

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