Filipinos for helping make the country's APEC hosting a success
Nov. 23 -- Malacañang expressed its gratitude to millions of Filipinos
nationwide who helped make the country’s recent hosting of the 2015
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting and other related
summits a huge success.
Speaking over Radyo ng Bayan, Sunday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda
said this particular accomplishment would not be possible without the
tremendous support and cooperation of the general public.
“Marami po tayong ginawa rito at nagpapasalamat po tayo sa kooperasyon ng
ating sambayanan. Tagumpay po ito ng ating sambayanang Pilipinas. So
maraming salamat sa ating mga kababayan sa isang matagumpay na pag-ho-host
po ng APEC,” Lacierda said.
What made the country’s hosting even more noteworthy, Lacierda said, is that
we managed to hold such international event without major complications,
especially in terms of security, in light of the recent terror attacks in
"I know we have pleaded for understanding but this is a once and a lifetime
opportunity for us to show our best foot forward and considering the
difficulties, considering the recent situation on the Paris attacks, the
security concerns, we were able to successfully host not just the APEC
Leaders’ Summit, but huwag natin pong kalimutan sa buong taon po ang ating
ginawang hosting nitong APEC. Ang nakikita lang po natin siguro [ay] ‘yung
nangyari po nitong APEC Leaders’ Summit last week," Lacierda said.
The Philippines hosted the yearlong APEC summit, since December last year.
Overall, 44 meetings were held in nine cities across Luzon and Visayas,
including Manila, Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, Bacolod, Boracay, Bagac, Iloilo,
The annual gathering of individuals to promote trade and other economic
policies culminated in the just concluded APEC Leaders’ Meeting held in
Manila on November 18 and 19.
Twenty heads of government including US President Barack Obama, Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other
representatives from APEC member economies participated in the event with
Colombia as guest observer.
Throughout the year, Lacierda noted, the country played host to 13,402
delegates, 9,607 meeting participants and delegates, and 2,678 foreign media
delegates who were served in 21 major hotels.
Security proved to be the major challenge in the Philippines’ hosting,
especially during the APEC Leaders’ Week, as the government was forced to
close major thoroughfares and issue no-fly zones in the airports to ensure
the safety of arriving world economic leaders.
As the Filipinos are known for their trademark hospitality, Lacierda thanked
the public for bearing with these security procedures and enduring all the
hardships just to make sure our guests are treated well throughout their
stay in the country.
“Nakita po nila ‘yung world-class hospitality ng ating mga kababayan. Hindi
talaga [maikakaila] ang galing ng ating kababayan sa pag-welcome sa ating
mga foreign guest, sa mga foreigner,” Lacierda said.
“We really go beyond the extra mile to make sure that our guests are treated
well and for that we thank the entire Filipino people for the hardship, for
the support, for the cooperation that (they extended) for this whole year of
hosting APEC,” he added. (PCOO/hdc)