Last Updated: 24 OCTOBER 2014

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    President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Shiota Tochi Co. Ltd. officials, headed by its Executive Director Keigo Iue during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 24). The Shiota Tochi Group provides housing and operates a leisure business including management of a large scale shopping facility, resort hotel and golf course in Japan. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a copy of the 40th PBC Resolution presented by 40th PBC chairman George Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Atty. Miguel Varela and PCCI president Alfredo Yao, during the 40th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Expo closing ceremony at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in One Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). With this year's theme: “Proudly Pinoy: Partnering Towards Sustained Growth," the PBC and Expo is an annual business summit that provides a collaborative venue for business leaders, government officials and other development stakeholders to exchange ideas on issues on business and the economy, and share business opportunities. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech following presentation of the 40th PBC Resolution by 40th PBC chairman George Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) chairman Atty. Miguel Varela and PCCI president Alfredo Yao, during the 40th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Expo Closing Ceremony at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in One Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). With this year's theme: “Proudly Pinoy: Partnering Towards Sustained Growth, the PBC and Expo is an annual business summit that provides a collaborative venue for business leaders, government officials and other development stakeholders to exchange ideas on issues on business and the economy, and share business opportunities. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 40th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Expo Closing Ceremony at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in One Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). With this year's theme: “Proudly Pinoy: Partnering Towards Sustained Growth," this PBC event and expo is an annual business summit that provides a collaborative venue for business leaders, government officials and other development stakeholders to exchange ideas on issues on business and the economy, and share business opportunities. Also in photo is 40th PBC chairman George Barcelon. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the 40th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Expo Closing Ceremony at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in One Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). With this year's theme: “Proudly Pinoy: Partnering Towards Sustained Growth," this PBC event and expo is an annual business summit that provides a collaborative venue for business leaders, government officials and other development stakeholders to exchange ideas on issues on business and the economy, and share business opportunities. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with GMR Group of Companies chairman G. M. Rao during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23, 2014). GMR Group is an infrastructural company with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure sectors. Founded in 1978, the Group is well diversified and professionally managed. Employing the Public Private Partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several iconic infrastructure projects in India. It has a global presence with infrastructure operating assets and projects in several countries including Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives and the Philippines. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Lauro Montellano, Jr. - Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III greets GMR Group of Companies chairman Mr. G. M. Rao during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). The GMR Group, founded in 1978, is an infrastructural company with interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure sectors. Employing the Public Private Partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several iconic infrastructure projects in India. It has a global presence with infrastructure operating assets and projects in several countries including Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives and the Philippines. Also in photo are Megawide Construction Corporation chief executive officer Michael Consiquien, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation Louie Ferrer and Meena Raghunathan of GMR Foundation. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III receives from GMR Group of Companies chairman G. M. Rao a glass Swan figurine during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). The GMR Group, founded in 1978, is an infrastructural company with interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure sectors. Employing the Public Private Partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several iconic infrastructure projects in India. It has a global presence with infrastructure operating assets and projects in several countries including Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives and the Philippines. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III greets GMR Group of Companies chairman G. M. Rao during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). The GMR Group is an infrastructural company founded in 1978 with interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure sectors. Employing the Public Private Partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several iconic infrastructure projects in India. It has a global presence with infrastructure operating assets and projects in several countries including Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives and the Philippines. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) officials, headed by JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Also in photo is JETRO minister and deputy chief of mission Tetsuro Amano. (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Japan External Trade Organizations (JETRO) officials, headed by JETRO chairman and chief executive officer Hiroyuki Ishige during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Lauro Montellano Jr / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes Japan External Trade Organizations (JETRO) officials, headed by JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige, during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 23). JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Also in photo is JETRO executive director Tomohiro Ando. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions during the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City on Wednesday (October 22). The FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. Also in photo are FOCAP president Manuel Mogato and DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions during the open forum in connection with the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City on Wednesday (October 22). The FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. Also in photo are from left, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr, FOCAP president Manuel Mogato, and DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City on Wednesday (October 22). The FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions during the open forum in connection with the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila in Pasig City on Wednesday (October 22). The FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. Also in photo are PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, FOCAP President Manny Mogato, and DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions during the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City on Wednesday(October 22). The FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City on Wednesday (October 22). FOCAP forum is a traditional event where the President discusses key policies and answers questions on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and social issues from the foreign media. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. congratulates Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte after the local government received the Galing Pook Award 2014 for its outstanding local governance programs, along with 13 other local government units, on Oct. 21 at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City. Looking on from left are Ma. Lourdes Fernando, chairperson of the Galing Pook Foundation; Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo; Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, and other city officials. (Photo by Robert Vinas / Malacanang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the Leyte landing commemorative stamp from Philippine Postal Corporation Post Master General Ma. Josefina dela Cruz during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the Commemorative Medal from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Vicente Aquino during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III, joined by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla Palo, Leyte Municipal Mayor Remedios Petilla and United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Philip Goldberg, for a snap shot during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Ryan Lim / Marcelino Pascua/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., troops the honor guards upon arrival for 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Marcelino Pascua/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III observes the re-enactment presentation during the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III, with National Historical Commission of the Philippines executive director Ludovico Badoy and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. leads the wreath laying ceremony at the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte on Monday (October 20), with the theme: “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery.” (Photo by Gil Nartea / Ryan Lim / Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17 ) Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17 ). Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17 ). Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Presidential Management Staff Head Julia Andrea Abad, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino and Mindanao Development Authority chairperson Luwalhati Antonino. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17). Also in photo are Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Head Julia Andrea Abad, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) chairperson Luwalhati Antonino, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17). Also in photo are Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17). Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17). Also in photo are Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17, 2014). Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17). Also in photo are PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Presidential Management Staff Head Julia Andrea Abad, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, Mindanao Development Authority chairperson Luwalhati Antonino, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan. (Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 113th Anniversary Celebration at the PCG ceremonial area of the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila City on Thursday (October 16). With the theme: “Matuwid na Pagtatanod Baybayin Tungo sa Maayos at Mapayapang Karagatan,” the PCG is bestowed with substantial responsibilities as a multi-mission maritime agency tasked to promote safety of life and property at sea, protect the maritime environment, enforce maritime laws and conduct maritime security operations. Also in photo are Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya and PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 113th Anniversary Celebration at the PCG ceremonial area of the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila City on Thursday (October 16). With the theme: “Matuwid na Pagtatanod Baybayin Tungo sa Maayos at Mapayapang Karagatan,” the PCG is bestowed with substantial responsibilities as a multi-mission maritime agency tasked to promote safety of life and property at sea, protect the maritime environment, enforce maritime laws and conduct maritime security operations. Also in photo is Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena and Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya, inspects the static display of newly procured aluminum boats, diving equipment and PCG personnel during the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 113th Anniversary Celebration at the PCG ceremonial area of the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila City on Thursday (October 16). With the theme: “Matuwid na Pagtatanod Baybayin Tungo sa Maayos at Mapayapang Karagatan,” the PCG is bestowed with substantial responsibilities as a multi-mission maritime agency tasked to promote safety of life and property at sea, protect the maritime environment, enforce maritime laws and conduct maritime security operations. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
    President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, inspects the static display of newly procured aluminum boats, diving equipment and PCG personnel during the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 113th Anniversary Celebration at the PCG Ceremonial Area of the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila City on Thursday (October 16). With the theme: “Matuwid na Pagtatanod Baybayin Tungo sa Maayos at Mapayapang Karagatan,” the PCG is bestowed with substantial responsibilities as a multi-mission maritime agency tasked to promote safety of life and property at sea, protect the maritime environment, enforce maritime laws and conduct maritime security operations. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
       
 

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