Talking to INQUIRER.net for their 40th anniversary, Via Mare President and Chief Executive Officer Glenda Barretto shared how their restaurant became a beloved household name. “We try to inculcate a culture of quality in everything we do: from the service, to the tableware, to the food and to the presentation. I am very passionate about that. I guess it rubbed off on them,” Barretto said.
“Mrs. Marcos, upon seeing what I do, and by her influence, began serving Filipino food during state dinners. She said: ‘Let us just refine our Filipino food and the next time we have a state dinner, we will serve Filipino food.’ She always wanted the best of Filipino cuisine,” she said.
Meanwhile, Barretto also imparted words of wisdom to aspiring restaurateurs:
“Work hard. Be consistent. Always maintain the quality (of your food),” she said, “You cannot get sick, you cannot get tired. You just have to do it. You should have the drive."
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