The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit officially starts today!
This year, ASEAN is celebrating its 50 years, which coincides with the Philippines chairmanship. The theme for this year is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” which symbolizes the country’s advocacy to promote unity with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners.
In case you still have no clue what the ASEAN 2017 Summit is all about (aside from the event giving us a long weekend), here's a quick rundown to clue you in on what the fuss is all about.
Every event needs a logo. For this year's summit, all the elements of the ASEAN 2017 logo were carefully selected—from the colors, the typeface, to everything else in between—just to capture the vision of ASEAN 2017.
The purpose of the semi-annual event is for ASEAN member states (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and of course, the Philippines), and dialogue partners (Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and US), to come together to discuss regional and global issues. Read more by visiting this link.
Though the ASEAN Summit Week officially starts today, November 10, the load of activities will pour over the weekend until Wednesday, November 15. Aside from various meetings, conferences, and celebrations, there are many other commemorative activities and side events in store in the next few days.
Here’s the list of activities:
November 12 (Sunday)
7 PM, Gala Dinner at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
November 13 (Monday)
9 AM, Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, CCP, Manila
10 AM, 31st ASEAN Summit (Plenary), PICC, Manila
12 NN, ASEAN Leaders' Interface with ASEAN Business Advisory Council, PICC, Manila
1:15 PM, 5th ASEAN-US Summit, PICC, Manila
2:30 PM, 20th ASEAN-China Summit, PICC, Manila
3:45 PM, 19th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit, PICC, Manila
5 PM, 20th ASEAN-Japan Summit, PICC, Manila
6:15 PM, ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Leaders' Interface with East Asia Business Council, PICC, Manila
7 PM, 9th Mekong-Japan Summit, PICC, Manila
8 PM, 9th ASEAN-UN Summit, PICC, Manila
November 14 (Tuesday)
9 AM, 20th ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative Summit, PICC, Manila
10:15 AM, ASEAN-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit, PICC, Manila
11:30 AM, ASEAN-EU 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit, PICC, Manila
12:30 PM, Lunch hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte, PICC, Manila
1:30 PM, 12th East Asia Summit, PICC, Manila
3:45 PM, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit, PICC, Manila
5 PM, 15th ASEAN-India Summit, PICC, Manila
6:15 PM, Signing ceremony of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, PICC, Manila
7 PM, Closing Ceremony, PICC, Manila
8 PM, Press Conference with President Rodrigo Duterte, PICC, Manila
There will also be a free concert at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City, that night. Musical acts from 10 ASEAN member states and top local artists in the country such as Franco, Silent Sanctuary, Parokya Ni Edgar, and more, are set to end the ASEAN 2017 summit with a bang.
Lockdown, No Fly Zones
For the ASEAN Summit week holiday, the government has declared restriction on air operations and lockdowns on certain roads in Metro Manila.
From November 11 to 14, all types of aircrafts, even drones, are banned from flying in parts of Pampanga, specifically in Clarkfield Special Economic and Freeport Zone.
In Metro Manila, a no fly zone up to 10,000 feet above and 4 nm will be implemented around Rizal Park from November 12 to 15. Likewise, the sea operations will also be regulated with restrictions.
A lockdown in roads in Pasay City and in Manila will be implemented from November 8 to 15.