The world turned their eyes to Philippines as world leaders 20 world leaders arrived for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Arrivals started on 11 November 2017 (Saturday) at Clark International Airport, Pampanga.
They were then followed by the rest of the delegates the next day in Clark, Pampanga and at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. Apart from its aim to politically and economically strengthen member countries in the region, the event also became an instant source of viral posts in digital media.
Upon arrival, netizens have not only notice the festive welcome by the Kapampangans in Clark but also the youngest world leader to attend the Summit. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, 37, rocked her arrival at Clark International Airport with her simple attire paired with perfect boots that even made her an ASEAN stunner.
Marian Rivera, also arrived on the event with her husband, Dingdong Dantes during the dinner hosted by former Philippine President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Midori Hotel, Pampanga. The local showbiz’ couple was invited by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to personally meet her because Marian Rivera’s soap operas were famous among Cambodians.
Likewise, netizens couldn’t just pass those photos that showed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking an order and chatting with customers at a Jollibee branch in Tondo, Manila.
The ASEAN gala dinner served as a melting pot for all the leaders and delegates for the Summit. Hosted by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, it was a night full of entertainment from foreign and local performers that even President Donald Trump of the United States of America (USA) was amazed with the talent of ASEAN region residents.
President Duterte also belted out an OPM song, “Ikaw” with singer Lani Misalucha—a typical act of a Filipino to show hospitality to visitors. The 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings is set to close today, 14 November 2017.
With all its side stories, the ASEAN region residents, more importantly, hope that all agreed talks will materialize so everyone will be able to compete with the global standards of progress.
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