August 30, 2019 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – The first Filipino bakery and pastry shop in The Hague recently opened, offering Filipino specialties such as pan de sal, ensaymada, puto, kutsinta and kapeng barako to Dutch citizens and resident expats.
CafÃ© Nordrick is owned and operated by Filipino restaurateurs Danton Lacorum and his wife Norma, who have resided in The Hague for some time.
Philippine Ambassador Jaime Victor Ledda attended the blessing and the opening of the cafe.
Norma said she hopes to introduce other popular Filipino specialties to the menu when the store expands over the coming week to attract the interest of Filipinos and Dutch people, including expats who love Filipino cuisine.
The Hague, or Den Haag in Dutch, is where the seat of government of the Netherlands is located as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), which ruled in favor of the Philippines in a territorial dispute against China. in 2016.
The Huffington Post described The Hague as the international city of peace and justice. Since the end of the 19th century, The Hague has played an essential role in diplomacy and international affairs.
The city is home to international tribunals that hear cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Since the 1920s, international tribunals have multiplied in The Hague.
The oldest of these is the World Court, officially called the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
Besides the courts, The Hague is also home to many other international organizations and is considered one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the Netherlands.