President Aquino dons traditional Lao silk at Gala dinner hosted by Lao PDR President for ASEM heads of state and government
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nov 6 (Mabuhay) – After a full day of successive bilateral meetings and plenary sessions marking the formal opening of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) here, Heads of State and Government were given the chance to loosen their ties, roll up their sleeves and let their hair down at a gala dinner hosted by Lao PDR President Choummaly Sayasone and Mrs. Keosaychay Sayasone at the Don Chan Palace Hotel on Monday night.
President Benigno S. Aquino III came to the dinner dressed to the nines garbed in a traditional Lao blue silk shirt, dark slacks and comfy leather driving shoes looking cool and composed as he gamely chatted and shook hands with his counterparts from ASEM member-countries.
He complimented the Lao silk shirt saying it kept him warm despite the chilly atmosphere recorded in the room due to the hotel’s large air conditioning units at full blast.
The President joined the rest of the 52 Heads of State and Government together with their spouses at the close of the first day of ASEM9.
They were welcomed by President Sayasone and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong at the lobby area before being escorted to their respective seats at the hotel’s Gala Dinner Hall.
The Gala Dinner was highlighted by a cultural presentation participated by Laotian performers. (MNS)