World-leaders arrive in Clark for ASEAN 2017November 13, 2017 4:02 am / News
With the theme “Partnering for Change. Engaging the World,” the Philippines is honored to be chosen as the host country for 31st ASEAN Summit which also marks its 50th year. The theme reflects the Philippine government’s advocacy of promoting unity and cooperation with its neighboring countries.
ASEAN 2017 will simultaneously be held in Manila and Clark, Pampanga from the April 10-14. Upon their arrival, hundreds of performers welcomes the leaders from the 10 Southeast Asian member-states and dialogue partners Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
Mayor Cris Garbo is seen welcoming the leaders that arrived in Clark International Airport (CIA) on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The leaders that arrived in the country through CIA are Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Laotian Prime Minister Thoungloun Sisoulith, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Menahwile, other leaders arrived in Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Manila (NAIA).
The community invites “everyone to become dynamic and vibrant allies as we envision a future that is prosperous for all citizens and to prove that, as a whole, the Association is greater than the sum of its parts.”
In line with the celebartion, November 13 to 15 were declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as special non-working days for Metro Manila, Pampanga and Bulacan.
Words by Lilet Sicat
Photos by Photos by Rosan Paquia and Borj Meneses of CDC ComDiv
Other sources: www.asean2017.ph