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Mang Inasal Is Dwight Howard’s New Favorite

Is basketball the true reason for Dwight Howard’s visit to the Philippines? Based on his social media feed, food-crawling comes at a close second.
Mang Inasal, Dwight Howard
James Francisco

Since the news of Dwight Howard’s addition to Strong Group’s 2024 Dubai International Basketball Championship roster, he continues to scour the Philippines in search of the best-tasting chicken. While Jollibee holds a competitive edge in Howard’s book, the eight-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star may have found a suitable rival with sister-company Mang Inasal’s menu staples.

Instagram: @dwighthoward and @iammanginasal

Howard took his newfound discovery to his Instagram last January 14, 2024, publishing a collaborative reel with the local fast-food restaurant chain. The 38-year-old cager provided a rundown of his Mang Inasal favorites, featuring its Extra Creamy Halo-Halo, Palabok, Pork BBQ, and brand staple, Chicken Inasal.

“I got some good Filipino food from @iammanginasal and the food was a A+ from the Chicken Inasal to the Palabok, the pork barbecue, Halo Halo 👀🍨 and everything else on the menu. I would order it from anywhere in the world if I could! 😫,” his post reads.

Howard’s commitment to basketball in the Philippines embraces several side quests in pursuit of Strong Group’s invitational tourney. From meeting the former eight-division boxing champion to several public appearances, food-crawling may be the highlight of his awaited decade-long return to the country.

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1 month ago

It’s great seeing Dwight Howard diving into the local cuisine in the Philippines! His enthusiasm for Mang Inasal’s dishes, especially the Chicken Inasal and Halo-Halo, really shows how food can be an exciting part of experiencing a new culture. Plus, it’s a fun reminder that even world-class athletes can’t resist the allure of delicious food! 

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