Last Updated: 04 FEBRUARY 2016

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    President Benigno Aquino III with PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma grace the ceremony of Manila Bulletin 116th anniversary, offered a toast along with Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio Yap III and President of Manila Hotel Joey Lina in celebration of the anniversary. Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation (MB) was founded as the Daily Bulletin on February 2, 1900 for the purpose of engaging in the publishing business. (Photo By Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno Aquino III with PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma grace the ceremony of Manila Bulletin 116th anniversary, with new Chairman of the Board Basilio C. Yap and Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President and Manila Bulletin’s Contributor Deede Siytangco during their 116th anniversary celebration held at Manila Hotel. (Photo By Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno Aquino III with PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma grace the ceremony of Manila Bulletin 116th anniversary, with Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio Yap III at the Manila Hotel. Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation was founded as the Daily Bulletin on February 2, 1900 for the purpose of engaging in the publishing business. (Photo By Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
   

Secretary of DSWD Corazon "Dinky" Soliman gives her opening remarks during the celebration of the department's 65th anniversary in Malacanang Tuesday (February 2). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

 

       
   

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiary John Ramon Gadia, 14 years old, from Makati City  narrates how she became a beneficiary of the Deparment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in his speech in Malacanang Tuesday (February 2) during the department's 65th anniversary celebration. John Ramon thanked the DSWD and the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for helping those from poor families like him, He was awarded as this year's Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child representing the National Capital Region. (Photo by Lauro Montillano / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

       
    Social Pension beneficiary Rosario Andres Resulta, 78 years old from Brgy. Abagon, Gerona, Tarlac narrates how she became a beneficiary of the Deparment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in her speech in Malacanang Tuesday (February 2) during the department's 65th anniversary celebration. Lola Rosario thanked the DSWD and the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for helping the poor families like hers. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the anniversary celebration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Tuesday (February 2). The President urges  the Department to  continue to serve and encourage the disadvantaged and vulnerable to rise above adversities and achieve an improved quality of life for more Filipinoes. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Joseph Vidal / Lauro Montillano / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the occassion of the  the anniversary celebration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Tuesday (February 2). Onstage with the President are DSWD Secetary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman and Asec. Noel Macalalad. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Lauro Montillano / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon and the Pontifical delegation during a courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (February 1). The Papal Legate and his delegation is in Manila after the successful celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III presents a gift to His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon, His Excellency Most Reverend Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu and the Pontifical delegation during a courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (February 1). The Papal Legate and his delegation is in Manila after the successful celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a gift from His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon, His Excellency Most Reverend Jose palma, Archbishop of Cebu and the Pontifical delegation during a courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (February 1). The Papal Legate and his delegation is in Manila after the successful celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes His Eminence Most Rev. Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu during the Pontifical delegation courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (February 1). The delegation is in Manila after the celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes His Eminence Charles Maung Bo, Papal Legate and Archbishop of Yangon during the Pontifical delegation courtesy call in Malacanang Monday (February 1). The Papal Legate is in Manila after the celebration of International Eucharist in Cebu. (Photo by Johnny Pascua / Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III pays his last respects Sunday (January 31), to former NEDA chief Cayetano Paderanga who passed away Saturday. Paderanga resigned in 2012 for health reasons.  (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno Simeon Aquino III sends off the Japanese Imperial Couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, as they they left before noon Saturday (January 30) to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sees firmer Philippine-Japan relationship underscoring the goodwill generated by the Imperial Couple's visit this past week. (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno Aquino III and Presidential Sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada bid farewell to TheirMajesties  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during the send off ceremony Saturday, (January 30) to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sees firmer Philippine-Japan relationship underscoring the goodwill generated by the Imperial Couple's visit this past week. (Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    Thier Majesties  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bid farewell during the send off ceremony Saturday, January 30 (2016) to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sees firmer Philippine-Japan relationship underscoring the goodwill generated by the Imperial Couple's visit this past week. (Photo by BenhurArcayanl / Joseph Vidal / Robert Viñas / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    Thier Majesties  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bid farewell to President Benigno Aquino III and Presidential Sister Pinky Aquino Abellada during the send off ceremony Saturday, January 30  (2016) to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sees firmer Philippine-Japan relationship underscoring the goodwill generated by the Imperial Couple's visit this past week. (Photo by BenhurArcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno Simeon Aquino III with Presidential Sister Pinky Aquino Abellada escort's the Japanese Imperial Couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as they troop the line during the send off ceremony Saturday (January 30) to conclude the state visit to the Philippines. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sees firmer Philippine-Japan relationship underscoring the goodwill generated by the Imperial Couple's visit this past week. (Photo by BenhurArcayan / Joseph Vidal / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
   

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños Laguna on Friday (January 29) the last day of their five-day official visit to the Philippines. (Photo by BenhurArcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

       
   

Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan pay tribute to the war dead Japanese soldiers at the Japanese Memorial Garden in Caliraya Laguna, Friday (January 29), the last day of their five-day state visit in the Philippines. (Photo by BenhurArcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III bids goodbye to Their Majesties Emperor and Empress Akihito after a reception ceremony. The President is the guest of honor during the reception hosted by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Ishikawa in North Forbes Park residence Makati Thursday (January 28). (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III holds a private talk with His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan during the reception at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Makati Thursday evening (January 28). On the other side, PinkyAbellada, the President'ssister also holds a talk with Her Majesty Empress Michiko. (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III holds a private talk with His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan during the reception held at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Makati Thursday evening (January 28). (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III is the guest of honor during the reception ceremony hosted by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Ishikawa at his residence in North Forbes Park, Makati Thursday (January 28). The President, together with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and PinkyAbellada, the president's sister, propose a toast at the startof the reception. (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the Japanese Learning Program at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Taguig City, Thursday (January 28). The five-day state visit of Their Majesties comes at an auspicious time as the Philippines and Japan celebrate their 60th year of diplomatic relations. (Photo by BenhurArcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko meet with the third-generation Filipino-Japanese descendants,Thursday (January 28), as they wave small Japanese flags at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel lobby. The descendants were attending the 9th National Convention of the Filipino-Japanese Descendants being held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. (Photo by BenhurArcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko  meet  therepresentatives of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni Thursday (January 28) 2016, at the ancient San Diego Garden, located along  the walls of Intramuros in Manila. (Photo by BenhurArcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, chat with the cultural performers during the State Dinner at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 27). (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, lead the ceremonial toasts during the State Dinner at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 27). Also in photo are Her Majesty Empress Michiko and Presidential sister Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Aquino-Abellada (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, lead the ceremonial toasts during the State Dinner at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 27, 2016). (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III listens as His Majesty the Emperor Akihito of Japan, delivers his message during the State Dinner at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 27, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the State Dinner at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the State Visit to the Philippines of Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on Wednesday (January 27). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       

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