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YESTERDAY, November 12, was the ASEAN Gala Dinner held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
As the host of the event, President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the 19 leaders to the dinner. 9 of them are ASEAN Members including Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The rest are Dialogue Partners like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, China’s Premier Li Keqiang, European Council’s President Donald Tusk, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In, United States’s President Donald Trump and United Nations’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The program proper titled “Bravo ASEAN!” ran for 30 minutes and was divided into three symphonies featuring performers from across the Philippines.
The most talk about when Lani Misalucha, David Ezra, Darren Espanto, Elha Nympha, Sam Shoaf, Jona, and Jed Madela were performed popular celebratory songs like Climb Every Mountain, Go the Distance, Imagine, and a lot more.
President Duterte gave the thumbs up while witnessing the program proper of the dinner. Obvious from his reaction that he truly love the performance.