DECADES after the concept was first proposed, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have finally taken a huge step to establishing ASEAN Community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible.
A landmark achievement for the Asian region is the declaration and the launching of the ASEAN Community during the 27th ASEAN Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aim is to have greater appreciation and awareness on the importance of a unified ASEAN community in order to effectively respond to current and future challenges and opportunities.
To commemorate this important milestone, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs—through its Office of ASEAN Affairs—will hold the ASEAN Community Day celebration on January 22, Friday, 5 p.m., at the Luneta Park in Manila. Both organizations are members of the ASEAN Committee for Culture and Information (ASEAN-COCI), which is mandated to spread ASEAN awareness and promote ASEAN identity.
Gearing up for its chairmanship on the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN, the Philippines hopes to intensify and consolidate its efforts by undertaking initiatives and activities to bring ASEAN into the consciousness of its peoples. Through this cultural event, the Philippines aims to spread awareness among its peoples on what ASEAN Community 2015 is all about and how it will benefit them, as well as promote ASEAN identity in support of the ASEAN Community.
The Philippine event will be in connection with the region-wide celebration for this landmark achievement. The cultural program will kick off with a parade around the park, followed by commemorative speeches, performances, video presentations, and commencing with a countdown leading to a spectacular fireworks display. A cocktail reception will follow.
NCCA Chairman Felipe M. de Leon Jr. will give the opening remarks, while DFA Secretary will be the keynote speaker. Gracing the events will be the Ambassadors of the AMS in the Philippines, representatives from various line agencies and members of the diplomatic corps.
Based on the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the Roadmap for the ASEAN Community, the ASEAN Member States have pledged their commitments to promote ASEAN and participate in the process of ASEAN integration and community building. The Member State Leaders promise to mobilize their resources to implement the goals that include three community blueprints—Economic (AEC), Political-Security (APSC), Socio-Cultural (ASCC)—which will be the basis for the overall ASEAN Community.
For more details on the ASEAN Day celebration, please contact Rulet Salvador of the NCCA International Affairs Office through numbers 527-2192 loc 612.