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Philippine Embassy Celebrates Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN@50

27 March 2017 – Charge d’Affaires a.i. Eduardo Martin R. Meñez hosted a lunch reception for some 100 guests to celebrate Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN on its 50th Year at the Hikari Room, Imperial Hotel Tokyo. The reception was graced by the presence of esteemed guests headed by the Hon. Hirofumi Nakasone (Member of the House of Councillors and President of the Japan-ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Exchange Group), Hon. Natsuo Yamaguchi, (President of the Komeito Party and Member of the House of Councillors), Deputy Minister Takeo Akiba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), H.E. Singaporean Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon (ASEAN Committee in Tokyo), Governor Akira Kondoh (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) and Secretary-General Masataka Fujita (ASEAN-Japan Centre).

Hon. Hirofumi Nakasone expresses hopes to further deepen friendly and cooperative relationship between Japan and ASEAN countries, recognizing its importance for the peace and prosperity of the Asian region as a whole.  (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Hon. Hirofumi Nakasone expresses hopes to further deepen friendly and cooperative relationship between Japan and ASEAN countries, recognizing its importance for the peace and prosperity of the Asian region as a whole. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Hon. Natsuo Yamaguchi and CDA Eduardo Martin R. Meñez discuss possible areas of cooperation between Japan and ASEAN. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Hon. Natsuo Yamaguchi and CDA Eduardo Martin R. Meñez discuss possible areas of cooperation between Japan and ASEAN. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Secretary-General Masataka Fujita conveys the ASEAN-Japan Centre’s continued support to ASEAN Embassies in Japan. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Secretary-General Masataka Fujita conveys the ASEAN-Japan Centre’s continued support to ASEAN Embassies in Japan. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

From the Philippine side, the reception was attended by the high-level Philippine Delegation to the First Philippines-Japan Infrastructure and Economic Cooperation Meeting headed by Secretary of Finance Hon. Carlos Dominguez, Secretary of Public Works & Highways Hon. Mark Villar, Secretary of Budget & Management Hon. Benjamin Diokno, Secretary of Energy Hon. Alfonso Cusi, National Economic & Development Authority Director-General Hon. Ernesto Pernia, Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hon. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Philippine Secretary of Finance Hon. Carlos Dominguez proposes a toast to congratulate ASEAN as it celebrates its 50th Year since its establishment.(Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

Philippine Secretary of Finance Hon. Carlos Dominguez proposes a toast to congratulate ASEAN as it celebrates its 50th Year since its establishment.(Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

CDA Meñez explains this year’s theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

CDA Meñez explains this year’s theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

CDA Meñez, in his remarks, stated that the celebration hopes to emphasize the Philippines’ aspiration to espouse the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World” and to pursue the six thematic priorities for the year namely – a people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN; peace and stability in the region; maritime security and cooperation; inclusive innovation and growth; ASEAN resiliency; and ASEAN as a model of regionalism and as a global player. END

ASEAN Committee in Tokyo (ACT) Ambassadors/Representatives headed by Singaporean Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon, current Chair of ACT, join hands the ASEAN way. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

ASEAN Committee in Tokyo (ACT) Ambassadors/Representatives headed by Singaporean Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon, current Chair of ACT, join hands the ASEAN way. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

ACT Ambassadors/Representatives pose together with Hon. Nakasone, Hon. Yamaguchi, AJC Sec.Gen. Fujita and JBIC Governor Kondoh. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim).

ACT Ambassadors/Representatives pose together with Hon. Nakasone, Hon. Yamaguchi, AJC Sec.Gen. Fujita and JBIC Governor Kondoh. (Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim).

ACT Ambassadors/Representatives pose together with the Philippine Delegation headed by Secretary of Finance Hon. Carlos Dominguez.(Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)

ACT Ambassadors/Representatives pose together with the Philippine Delegation headed by Secretary of Finance Hon. Carlos Dominguez.(Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)