Filipino hospitality, artistry to shine in ASEAN Summit 2017 gala

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 10 2017 03:01 PM

A view of the Philippine International Convention Center, one of the venues of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines November 7, 2017. Reuters

MANILA – World leaders will experience unique Filipino hospitality, artistry, and talent at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit 2017 gala dinner on Sunday, November 12, Palace said. 

The gala dinner, to be hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, is expected to be attended by some 1,300 guests and will culminate in a cultural presentation that will showcase “the best of Philippine arts and culture,” according to a primer on the event.

The leaders of the regional bloc and their dialogue partners will also be welcomed by 5 giant lanterns from San Fernando, Pampanga. These lanterns shall represent the 50 years of the ASEAN.

“Celebratory in theme, it showcases both the Filipino’s penchant for celebrating the holidays with gusto and the eternal desire of each person to bring cheer to any celebration,” the primer reads.

The guests will be treated to a 4-course Filipino-Asian fusion menu, while they enjoy Filipino music and dance performances.


Three top Filipino designers, namely Albert Andrada, Rajo Laurel, and Randy Ortiz, will dress the leaders and their spouses for the gala dinner.

The ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners will wear piña cocoon barong designed by Andrada. The pieces will either be half-button down or full-button down silhouette with intricate embroidery along the center front, collar and cuffs.


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The spouses, meanwhile, will wear Filipiniana gowns designed by Andrada, Laurel, and Ortiz. These gowns have designs inspired by the three major island groups of the Philippines.

Gowns inspired by Luzon will be a terno, while those inspired by the Visayas will be baro’t saya. The Mindanao-themed gowns, meanwhile, are inspired by the fashion in the region.

The materials for the gowns include high-quality poly Thai silk with embroidered adornments, piña cocoon with special embroidery, piña cloth with flower-themed embroidery, and Mindanao-inspired fabric.