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RUSSIA's PUTIN AND INDONESIA's WIDODO WITHDRAW ATTENDANCE AT APEC 2015
[According to the Russian news agency RBC, Putin suddenly refused to participate in the APEC summit in the Philippines but will send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instead. The Russian news agency did not disclose the reason but said that Putin will still attend the G20 Summit in Turkey.]


NOVEMBER 12 -Composite photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will not attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' meeting in Manila next week. According to the Russian news agency RBC, Putin suddenly refused to participate in the APEC summit in the Philippines but will send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instead. The Russian news agency did not disclose the reason but said that Putin will still attend the G20 Summit in Turkey. Meanwhile, during the press briefing at the International Media Center on Thursday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario confirmed Widodo’s absence from APEC. “I just got a verbal message that there are things in Jakarta that need the attention of Pres. Widodo,” Del Rosario said, citing domestic concerns as reason for Widodo’s sudden non-attendance. Widodo will be represented by Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong. Putin and Widodo earlier confirmed attendance at the APEC Summit to be held in Manila on November 18 to 19 along with 18 other heads of APEC economies. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Domestic issues force Putin to miss APEC meet


NOVEMBER 14 -Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) logo MANILA, Philippines - The Russian jetliner that was downed over Egypt and other domestic problems prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to skip next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila. It would have been the first visit to the Philippines by a Russian leader. Officials declined to comment on speculative reports that threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria prompted Putin to cancel his visit. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian jetliner. Putin called President Aquino Thursday night to explain his absence as well as discuss “bilateral cooperation,” according to Malacañang. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said at a press briefing that Putin told Aquino over the phone of his reasons for skipping the APEC summit, including the downing of the Russian jetliner. She said Putin also informed Aquino that Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev would lead the Russian delegation to the APEC summit on Nov. 18-19. “I say ‘downed’ because there is an ongoing investigation as to the reasons for it going down and, as you know, a number of Russians suffered or perished in that crash,” Valte said. “The President (Aquino) did extend his understanding on the loss of life and recognized fully well that it is a cause for concern for President Putin,” Valte said. At the APEC international media center, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose declined to comment on reports that threats from ISIS prompted Putin to skip the APEC meet. “I can’t confirm that. I have no information on the reason given by President Putin to President Aquino,” he said. The extremist ISIS purportedly released a video and audio statement threatening to attack Russia “very soon” because of Putin’s support for Syrian leader Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his launching of air strikes on the militants’ positions. READ MORE...

ALSO: Chinese tabloid nixes RP take on maritime row ruling
[Global Times said the tribunal in fact confirmed that China may have valid objections to its jurisdiction under Article 297 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), in particular with regard to fisheries or, more generally, the exercise of sovereign rights and jurisdiction by China in its exclusive economic zone. “Considering that the Philippines had argued that there was no need to join any question of jurisdiction to the merits and that all issues of jurisdiction ‘could and should be resolved at this stage of the proceedings,’ the tribunal’s decision is a slap in the face for the Philippines.”]


NOVEMBER 13 -A Chinese tabloid reportedly affiliated with Beijing’s Communist Party mouthpiece came out with an editorial entitled “Tribunal ruling not clear victory for Philippines” downplaying what has been portrayed by parts of the media as Manila’s triumph over Beijing after an international tribunal ruled that it can take on a case between the two countries over disputed territory in the South China Sea, overruling objections from Beijing that the body has no authority to hear it. “But is this really the case? We should remember that the award in question only addresses the tribunal’s jurisdiction and the admissibility of the Philippines’ claims, that is, whether the tribunal is competent to hear the case at all. So far, nothing of substance has been decided and the Philippines’ claims may still be rejected in their entirety at the merits phase of the proceedings. So what exactly did the tribunal decide?” said The Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China. It stressed that in the proceedings, the Philippines put forward 15 submissions. “Only with regard to five submissions did the tribunal follow the Philippines’ argument that it has jurisdiction to rule on the merits; with regard to two submissions the tribunal found that it will only have jurisdiction if the Philippines is able to prove in the merits phase that the issues involved fall within the territorial sea of Scarborough Shoal (known as Huangyan Island in China), and with regard to eight submissions the tribunal decided that either the Philippines had submitted insufficient information or that it had to examine the matter further in order to decide whether or not it has jurisdiction and therefore joined the question of jurisdiction to the merits of the case,” it stated.
According to the paper, while the arbitration continues, for 10 out of 15 submissions the tribunal accepted the possible existence of jurisdictional hurdles, as set out by the Chinese government in its position paper of Dec. 7, 2014 and advanced in the academic literature. “The tribunal may thus still find that it does not even have jurisdiction to decide on the merits of 10 of the submissions. “Considering that the Philippines had argued that there was no need to join any question of jurisdiction to the merits and that all issues of jurisdiction ‘could and should be resolved at this stage of the proceedings,’ the tribunal’s decision is a slap in the face for the Philippines.” READ MORE...

ALSO Strange bedfellows: Protocol dictates Aquino sit by Xi


NOVEMBER 13 -LAST YEAR: President Aquino greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing. Malacañang File Photo 
Too close for comfort, but tradition requires them to sit side by side and get along like polished diplomats and just this once forget the shark and minnow game they usually play in the heavily disputed South China Sea. They will be a sight to see: President Aquino, who has taken China to court over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country claims almost the whole 3.5-million-square-kilometer sea and refuses to be taken to court over it, sitting elbow to elbow at next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Manila. Former Philippine Ambassador to Israel Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the National Organizing Council for the Philippine hosting of Apec 2015, on Thursday explained the seating plan for the summit and the practice called “troika” (group of three) among member-economies hosting the meeting.
“We have what we call a troika and this is a normal practice among Apec economies who are hosting. Usually in the middle is the host, previous host, future host and that’s the so-called troika. And normally they are seated together,” Paynor told a news briefing.
In the manner of the troika, President Aquino, this year’s Apec host, will sit in the middle. Paynor did not say, however, who would sit at Mr. Aquino left and right. Xi was last year’s Apec host and next year’s host would be Peru President Ollanta Humala. Rotation The hosting of the Apec summit rotates among members annually. READ MORE...

ALSO: 80% SPENT ON SECURITY; Almost P10B spent on APEC meetings, preparations


NOVEMBER 12 -The Philippine government has spent nearly P10 billion for its year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and a bulk of this was invested in security.
Before the major meetings slated on Nov. 13 to 19, more than 50 meetings alone were held in various venues across the country since Manila assumed as APEC host from China in 2014. National Organizing Committee Director General Marciano Paynor said APEC spending has reached P9.5 billion, an amount, he described as “fairly decent” and anything “less than that we would be short of expectations.” “This amount went into the whole year of hosting plus all the preparations,” Paynor said. “This was not spent on the acquisition of equipment and property just all mostly for hosting expenditures. We always say that every economy will have spent an average of about the same more or less," he added. Four-fifths spent on security As far as numbers are concerned, Paynor said two thirds or maybe even four fifths of total personnel complement is security. “Security because of the very high profile nature of many of our guests,” Paynor said as he cited the current nature of global security. READ MORE...

ALSO Inside 'Walled City': Aquino’s 4 sisters ‘Walk Thru Time’ with Apec spouses


NOVEMBER 13 -THE AQUINO sisters (from left) Viel, Pinky, Kris and Ballsy INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/Edwin Bacasmas Intramuros in Manila will become a virtual time machine next week when President Aquino’s four sisters offer the spouses of several heads of state a glimpse of life in the Philippines during the Spanish era. “We envision a leisurely Saturday with the family relaxing,” said Nes Jardin, who leads the creative team behind the cultural events related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting, in an exclusive interview with Inquirer Lifestyle. “There will be children playing sungka (a native game played with a long board and cowrie shells) and a young woman singing in a tertulia (a social gathering), while other family members gather around to listen,” Jardin added. “There will also be househelp making pastillas (milk candies) in the kitchen, while another helper cuts out candy wrappers bearing the names of the guests. These will be offered as gifts,” the head of the creative team said. Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the Apec National Organizing Council, earlier told reporters that President Aquino’s sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda, Viel Aquino-Dee and Kris Aquino will be giving the spouses of Apec leaders a historical tour of Intramuros during the Nov. 18-19 event. Living museum Tradition dictates that the spouse of the head of the host-state tour the spouses of guest-leaders during Apec events, but with President Aquino being a bachelor, his sisters had to fill in. Jardin said the tour, with the theme “A Walk Through Time,” would recreate a “living museum” scenario at every stop featuring actors, dancers and musicians. The tour of Intramuros, he added, will give the spouses a glimpse of the country’s cultural heritage from the Spanish colonial period. “The whole event will have a fiesta atmosphere,” Jardin said. “Upon arrival, the guests will be treated to singing and dancing through a number called ‘Jota Intramureña.’” READ MORE...


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Putin, Widodo to skip APEC


Composite photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Rosette Adel  Updated November 12, 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will not attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' meeting in Manila next week.

According to the Russian news agency RBC, Putin suddenly refused to participate in the APEC summit in the Philippines but will send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instead.

The Russian news agency did not disclose the reason but said that Putin will still attend the G20 Summit in Turkey.

Meanwhile, during the press briefing at the International Media Center on Thursday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario confirmed Widodo’s absence from APEC.

“I just got a verbal message that there are things in Jakarta that need the attention of Pres. Widodo,” Del Rosario said, citing domestic concerns as reason for Widodo’s sudden non-attendance.

Widodo will be represented by Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong.

Putin and Widodo earlier confirmed attendance at the APEC Summit to be held in Manila on November 18 to 19 along with 18 other heads of APEC economies.


PHILSTAR

Domestic issues force Putin to miss APEC meet By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 14, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) logo MANILA, Philippines - The Russian jetliner that was downed over Egypt and other domestic problems prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to skip next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila.

It would have been the first visit to the Philippines by a Russian leader.

Officials declined to comment on speculative reports that threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria prompted Putin to cancel his visit. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian jetliner.

Putin called President Aquino Thursday night to explain his absence as well as discuss “bilateral cooperation,” according to Malacañang.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said at a press briefing that Putin told Aquino over the phone of his reasons for skipping the APEC summit, including the downing of the Russian jetliner.

She said Putin also informed Aquino that Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev would lead the Russian delegation to the APEC summit on Nov. 18-19.

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“I say ‘downed’ because there is an ongoing investigation as to the reasons for it going down and, as you know, a number of Russians suffered or perished in that crash,” Valte said.

“The President (Aquino) did extend his understanding on the loss of life and recognized fully well that it is a cause for concern for President Putin,” Valte said.

At the APEC international media center, Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose declined to comment on reports that threats from ISIS prompted Putin to skip the APEC meet.

“I can’t confirm that. I have no information on the reason given by President Putin to President Aquino,” he said.

The extremist ISIS purportedly released a video and audio statement threatening to attack Russia “very soon” because of Putin’s support for Syrian leader Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his launching of air strikes on the militants’ positions.

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Valte said Aquino also understood fully well the need for Putin to stay in his country to “ensure that the reasons behind some of their domestic issues are fully investigated and threshed out.”

A bilateral meeting had actually been scheduled between Aquino and Putin on the sidelines of the summit.

Valte said she was not sure if a bilateral meeting would push through with Medvedev.

On the absence of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Valte said Manila was informed verbally that the Indonesian leader would also have to attend to domestic issues.

“It is quite regretful that President Joko Widodo will most likely be unable to attend the summit. We understand that the pressing matters back home require his immediate attention,” Valte said.

Valte said even reports that Vice President Jusuf Kalla would represent Widodo in the summit are still being confirmed.

Valte said massive haze caused by raging forest fires forced the Indonesian leader to cut short his first ever visit to the United States. – Pia Lee Brago


TRIBUNE

Chinese tabloid nixes RP take on maritime row ruling
Written by Tribune Wires Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00



A Chinese tabloid reportedly affiliated with Beijing’s Communist Party mouthpiece came out with an editorial entitled “Tribunal ruling not clear victory for Philippines” downplaying what has been portrayed by parts of the media as Manila’s triumph over Beijing after an international tribunal ruled that it can take on a case between the two countries over disputed territory in the South China Sea, overruling objections from Beijing that the body has no authority to hear it.

“But is this really the case? We should remember that the award in question only addresses the tribunal’s jurisdiction and the admissibility of the Philippines’ claims, that is, whether the tribunal is competent to hear the case at all. So far, nothing of substance has been decided and the Philippines’ claims may still be rejected in their entirety at the merits phase of the proceedings. So what exactly did the tribunal decide?” said The Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China.

It stressed that in the proceedings, the Philippines put forward 15 submissions.

“Only with regard to five submissions did the tribunal follow the Philippines’ argument that it has jurisdiction to rule on the merits; with regard to two submissions the tribunal found that it will only have jurisdiction if the Philippines is able to prove in the merits phase that the issues involved fall within the territorial sea of Scarborough Shoal (known as Huangyan Island in China), and with regard to eight submissions the tribunal decided that either the Philippines had submitted insufficient information or that it had to examine the matter further in order to decide whether or not it has jurisdiction and therefore joined the question of jurisdiction to the merits of the case,” it stated.

According to the paper, while the arbitration continues, for 10 out of 15 submissions the tribunal accepted the possible existence of jurisdictional hurdles, as set out by the Chinese government in its position paper of Dec. 7, 2014 and advanced in the academic literature.

“The tribunal may thus still find that it does not even have jurisdiction to decide on the merits of 10 of the submissions.

“Considering that the Philippines had argued that there was no need to join any question of jurisdiction to the merits and that all issues of jurisdiction ‘could and should be resolved at this stage of the proceedings,’ the tribunal’s decision is a slap in the face for the Philippines.”

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Global Times said the tribunal in fact confirmed that China may have valid objections to its jurisdiction under Article 297 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), in particular with regard to fisheries or, more generally, the exercise of sovereign rights and jurisdiction by China in its exclusive economic zone.

“There may also be valid objections to the tribunal’s jurisdiction under Article 298 of Unclos, in particular with regard to Chinese historic rights in the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, military activities and law enforcement activities. Much will depend on the interpretation of the relevant provisions of Unclos and the facts to be established at the merits stage of the proceedings.”

It added for example, if the tribunal finds that just one of the maritime features claimed by China in the South China Sea is an island within the meaning of Article 121 of Unclos and that its exclusive economic zone or continental shelf overlaps with those generated by the Philippine archipelago, it will have to decline jurisdiction.

“Similarly, if China’s activities in the South China Sea concern ‘military activities’ or ‘law enforcement activities’ related to fisheries, the tribunal will have to refuse to take any decision concerning Chinese fisheries enforcement measures, land reclamation and construction, or the operation of Chinese law enforcement vessels.

Finally, if China’s claims to historic rights are found to be permitted by the Convention and within the scope of Article 298 of Unclos the Philippines’ claim will founder for lack of jurisdiction.”

Global Times stressed “while this confirmation of China’s position is to be welcomed, there are also some aspects of the decision that do not bode well for any future decision on jurisdiction and the merits.”


INQUIRER

Strange pairing: Protocol dictates Aquino sit by Xi By: Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:42 AM November 13th, 2015


LAST YEAR: President Aquino greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing. Malacañang File Photo

Too close for comfort, but tradition requires them to sit side by side and get along like polished diplomats and just this once forget the shark and minnow game they usually play in the heavily disputed South China Sea.

They will be a sight to see: President Aquino, who has taken China to court over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose country claims almost the whole 3.5-million-square-kilometer sea and refuses to be taken to court over it, sitting elbow to elbow at next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Manila.

Former Philippine Ambassador to Israel Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the National Organizing Council for the Philippine hosting of Apec 2015, on Thursday explained the seating plan for the summit and the practice called “troika” (group of three) among member-economies hosting the meeting.

“We have what we call a troika and this is a normal practice among Apec economies who are hosting. Usually in the middle is the host, previous host, future host and that’s the so-called troika. And normally they are seated together,” Paynor told a news briefing.

In the manner of the troika, President Aquino, this year’s Apec host, will sit in the middle.

Paynor did not say, however, who would sit at Mr. Aquino left and right. Xi was last year’s Apec host and next year’s host would be Peru President Ollanta Humala.

Rotation
The hosting of the Apec summit rotates among members annually.

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While there has been no mention of a bilateral meeting between President Aquino and Xi, the two leaders are likely to meet briefly and interact during the summit at the Philippine International Convention Center, Paynor said.

Mr. Aquino will have at least 11 bilateral talks with other Apec leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

Paynor said this was apart from the pull-aside meetings, the informal talks between leaders.

“So the opportunity for the President (Aquino) and President Xi Jinping will always be there if they wish to talk about issues that are bilateral in nature,” Paynor said.

Tree-planting ceremony

At last year’s Apec summit in Beijing, President Aquino met Xi for 10 minutes, during a tree-planting ceremony attended by all 21 leaders of the bloc.

Paynor could not say yet if there would be a similar opportunity for the two leaders to talk even informally on the sidelines of the summit.

The Philippines and China have both committed not to raise the South China Sea dispute during the summit, agreeing that Apec is not the proper forum to discuss political and security issues.

China has refused to take part in the proceedings at the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, but the court has agreed to hear the case and set oral arguments for Nov. 24-30.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

80% SPENT ON SECURITY Almost P10B spent on APEC meetings, preparations November 12, 2015 8:20pm Tags: apec2015 By MICHAELA DEL CALLAR

The Philippine government has spent nearly P10 billion for its year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and a bulk of this was invested in security.

Before the major meetings slated on Nov. 13 to 19, more than 50 meetings alone were held in various venues across the country since Manila assumed as APEC host from China in 2014.

National Organizing Committee Director General Marciano Paynor said APEC spending has reached P9.5 billion, an amount, he described as “fairly decent” and anything “less than that we would be short of expectations.”

“This amount went into the whole year of hosting plus all the preparations,” Paynor said.

“This was not spent on the acquisition of equipment and property just all mostly for hosting expenditures. We always say that every economy will have spent an average of about the same more or less," he added.

Four-fifths spent on security

As far as numbers are concerned, Paynor said two thirds or maybe even four fifths of total personnel complement is security.

“Security because of the very high profile nature of many of our guests,” Paynor said as he cited the current nature of global security.

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The Philippines last hosted the APEC in 1996 and during that time, Paynor said the Sept. 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attack on New York City has not yet happened nor the radical Islamic State or ISIS has emerged.

“We have no problems about ISIS or any of this other world events or organizations that are coming up that affect particular countries and their leaders and some of these leaders will be here. So, we have to be ready, we have to be prepared to ensure their safety and ease of movement,” he said.

High-profile

APEC is said to be the biggest and most high-profile annual gathering of world leaders from 21-member economies.

Its members include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

At least 7,000 delegates that include government officials, business leaders and foreign journalists are expected in the meeting. -NB, GMA News


INQUIRER

Aquino’s 4 sisters ‘Walk Thru Time’ with Apec spouses By: Cathy C. Yamsuan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:50 AM November 13th, 2015


THE AQUINO sisters (from left) Viel, Pinky, Kris and Ballsy INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/Edwin Bacasmas

Intramuros in Manila will become a virtual time machine next week when President Aquino’s four sisters offer the spouses of several heads of state a glimpse of life in the Philippines during the Spanish era.

“We envision a leisurely Saturday with the family relaxing,” said Nes Jardin, who leads the creative team behind the cultural events related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting, in an exclusive interview with Inquirer Lifestyle.

“There will be children playing sungka (a native game played with a long board and cowrie shells) and a young woman singing in a tertulia (a social gathering), while other family members gather around to listen,” Jardin added.

“There will also be househelp making pastillas (milk candies) in the kitchen, while another helper cuts out candy wrappers bearing the names of the guests. These will be offered as gifts,” the head of the creative team said.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the Apec National Organizing Council, earlier told reporters that President Aquino’s sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda, Viel Aquino-Dee and Kris Aquino will be giving the spouses of Apec leaders a historical tour of Intramuros during the Nov. 18-19 event.

Living museum

Tradition dictates that the spouse of the head of the host-state tour the spouses of guest-leaders during Apec events, but with President Aquino being a bachelor, his sisters had to fill in.

Jardin said the tour, with the theme “A Walk Through Time,” would recreate a “living museum” scenario at every stop featuring actors, dancers and musicians.

The tour of Intramuros, he added, will give the spouses a glimpse of the country’s cultural heritage from the Spanish colonial period.

“The whole event will have a fiesta atmosphere,” Jardin said. “Upon arrival, the guests will be treated to singing and dancing through a number called ‘Jota Intramureña.’”

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The tour also includes a photo exhibit and a serenade by a boys’ choir, and ends with shopping in a curated bazaar where Jardin said the visitors “can shop for Philippine-made products and have lunch while listening to some of the country’s leading singers.”


NES Jardin, former President and trustee of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Contemporary Manila

Senior officials and other delegates to the Apec meeting will be feted at a separate but just as memorable cultural presentation on two occasions, including a welcome dinner with the theme “Contemporary Manila” that showcases modern and hip aspects of city life.

“The event features graffiti art, hip-hop dances, rap music, skateboard artists, BMX bikers, alternative bands, and so on,” Jardin said.

Guests will also be treated to updated arrangements of popular songs that became hits during their youth.

Among the performers expected to entertain the Apec guests are Bituin Escalante, Junior New System, Q York, We skateboard group, Lirah Bermudez, Maya, Nicole Asencio, Edward Benosa and Hotlegs.

Jardin said the setting for the show will feature urban street art while the catered dinner will showcase fusion dishes by the LJC Group and Bono Gelato.

Another dinner will have the theme “archipelago of sounds,” to be directed by noted filmmaker Loy Arcenas.

“It’s composed of four sections: the sounds of nature, the sounds of romance, the sounds of celebration (fiesta) and the sounds of the city,” Jardin explained.

Featured artists in this bigger event include Rachelle Gerodias, Joanna Ampil, Ballet Manila, Junior New System, Jett Pangan, Aicelle Santos and David Ezra Cruz.

Sources privy to the “Contemporary Manila” event to be held in Pasay City tonight gave Inquirer a copy of the approved menu.

The festive buffet dinner starts off guests with chicken galantine, mixed salad greens, different kinds of bread as well as broccoli and pumpkin soup.

The main courses include prawns in kamias cream sauce, lamb adobo, grilled boneless chicken with annatto and garlic, braised choice vegetables, bamboo rice with forest mushrooms and steamed rice.

Pearl of the Orient theme

Spaghetti and tagliolini pasta can be topped with napolitana (tomato and basil) or puttanesca (tomato, capers, olives and anchovy) sauce. Roast US black angus rib eye will also be available at the carving station.

Desserts include assorted rice cakes like suman sa ibus, suman pinipig and sapin-sapin, as well as fruits and mango ube symphony from Bono Gelato.

Tonight’s separate sit-down menu will have a “Pearl of the Orient” theme, and will include king prawn and forest fern with salted eggs for appetizer and a choice between broccoli and pumpkin soup.

For the mains, there will be lamb cutlets in native garlic and lamb sauce, tuna belly with mango and grain mustard sauce, fine beans and baked tomato, and bamboo rice with forest mushrooms.

Both buffet and sit-down dinner will have identical desserts.

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