In an effort to help spread awareness on ASEAN, the Philippine Information Agency-National Capital Region (PIA-NCR) in partnership with the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) held mall tours in Metro Manila.
On April 23. the ASEAN Mall Exhibit was on display at the Trinoma Cinema Lobby in Quezon City.
Six feet tall photos of famous landmarks in 10 ASEAN member states – Brunei (Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque), Cambodia (Angkor Wat Temple), Indonesia (Borobudur Temple), Lao PDR - Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stupa), Malaysia (Petronas Twin Towers), Myanmar (Shwedagon Pagoda), Philippines (Rizal Monument, Luneta Park), Singapore (Merlion), Thailand (Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya), and Viet Nam (Ha Long Bay) were put up on display.
The exhibit also included panels entitled, “Celebrating ASEAN,” provided by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), describing the rich culture of ASEAN member countries.
To add color and emphasis on the country’s culture and tradition, the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Dance Troupe provided a cultural presentation during the event.
PIA-NCR Regional Director Riza Baldoria said the two-day exhibit was open to the public.
Baldoria shared that same activity wasl also held in other malls and local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
Apart from mall tour, PIA-NCR conducted barangay forums, university tours and flash-mob dance performances in various places in Metro Manila to increase public awareness on ASEAN.
A flat screen TV installed in the exhibit area also showed audio-visual presentations.
An info kiosk for various ASEAN related information, education, communication materials for the public were also put up.
“We encourage everyone to take a photo at the exhibit and use the hashtags #ASEAN2017 #ASEANLandmarks when posting online and help in the promotion of the Philippines hosting of ASEAN 2017,” Baldoria said.
The Philippines is honored to be the Chairman of ASEAN 2017, with the theme “Partnering for Change Engaging the World”. It reflects the Philippine government’s advocacy to promote unity with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping founded on Aug. 8 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region through multilateral cooperation.