Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pres. Aquino welcomes Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Malacañang Palace

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday (Jan. 27) welcomed Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Malacañang Palace.

The Japanese Imperial couple arrived at about 10:30 a.m. and was greeted by the President and presidential sister Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada.

After the welcome ceremony, President Aquino introduced his Cabinet members to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Among those present during the welcome ceremony were Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, outgoing National Economic and Development Authority Director General Arsenio Balisacan, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez, and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa.

After the welcome ceremony, President Aquino led the Japanese Imperial couple to the Reception Hall for the signing of the Malacañang guestbook.

From the Reception Hall, the President escorted Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the Music Room for a private meeting.

From the Palace, President Aquino and the Japanese Imperial couple proceeded to Luneta Park for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument.

President Aquino will be hosting a state dinner for the visiting Japanese Imperial couple at 7:30 p.m. at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace.

Emperor Akihito, 82, and Empress Michiko, 81, arrived in the country on Tuesday (Jan. 26) for a five-day state visit marking the 60th anniversary of Philippine-Japanese diplomatic relations. (PCOO News Release)

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