GMA  LEAVES  TOMORROW  FOR  APEC  SUMMIT  IN  CHILE

MALACANANG,  November 17, 2004
(OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY)
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leaves tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 17) for San Francisco en route to Santiago, Chile to attend the 12th Leaders’ Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) slated Nov. 20-21.

The President and her entourage, that includes First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, are scheduled to depart at around 10:30 p.m. aboard a commercial flight of the Philippine Airlines.

In San Francisco, the President is scheduled to receive courtesy calls by executives of some multi-national companies on Thursday.

On the same day, the President will be conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of San Francisco and have an audience with Kasamahan, a group of Fil-American students at the USF.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have cocktails with the Filipino community at the Bay Area before departing late Thursday for Panama for a one-hour technical stop before heading for Chile.

She arrives Friday in Santiago where she is set to have dinner with Hernando de Soto and a bilateral meeting with Chile President Ricardo Lagos Escobar early the following day, Saturday.

The President of AIG, Hank Greenberg, will call on the President at her hotel before she attends the official APEC welcome ceremonies for APEC leaders at the Espacio Riesco Convention Center.

This will be followed by the Leaders’ Retreat, to be held also at the Espacio Riesco Convention Center.

Saturday evening, the President will attend the official dinner and artistic cultural presentation hosted by Escobar and his wife in honor of the leaders and their spouses at the Estacion Mapocho Cultural center.

On Sunday, the President leaves her hotel for Chile’s government house, Palacio de la Moneda, where APEC leaders will be photographed officially and put on the Chilean traditional chamantos.

Then the APEC leaders will go for their second retreat, which will be followed by a working lunch. After the working lunch, the final APEC declaration will be issued, formally ending the summit.

The following day, Monday, the President departs for Mexico to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe where a Eucharistic celebration will be held.

She will hold a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox the following day, Tuesday, before departing for Los Angeles where she is scheduled to hold a press conference and meet with the Filipino community, before flying back to Manila, also in a commercial Philippine Airlines flight.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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