IN PHOTOS: Kris Aquino hosts lunch for APEC leaders' spouses

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Welcome Dinner held on November 18, President Benigno Aquino III and his team, including his sisters, have more entertainment and cultural presentations prepared for our foreign guests. (IN PHOTOS: PH stars perform at APEC 2015 dinner)

Kris Aquino and her sisters, Viel Aquino-Dee, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, and Pinky Aquino-Abellada, prepared a lunch for the APEC leaders' spouses on November 19.

We're at the venue #AyuntamientoDeManila #APEC2015 A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:40pm PST


The lunch was held at the Marble Ballroom in Intramuros. 

The simple & lovely stage setup for the performances at the Marble Ballroom in Intramuros. #APEC2015 @pampamintuan @gideonhermosa A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 4:36pm PST

 

The spouses of the leaders from 9 countries – Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam – attended.

W/ Madame Lee, 1st Lady of Singapore, who is also the CEO of Temasek- I was seated beside her during our lunch & I thanked her for the good jobs of our Filipinos in Singapore. A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:22pm PST

 

From LEFT TO RIGHT: MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, HONG KONG, THAILAND, JAPAN, SINGAPORE, INDONESIA, TAIWAN #APEC2015 A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 8:09pm PST


Last week, Kris announced on Instagram that those who will perform at the luncheon are Derek Ramsay, Matteo Guidicelli, Ogie Alcasid, Angeline Quinto, and Erik Santos. Kris herself hosted the lunch, together with actor Derek Ramsay.

NAPAKAHUSAY NILA! Bravo @mateoguidicelli @ogiealcasid @loveangelinequinto & @eriksantos (tap to listen to a snippet of their finale) THANK YOU @angelina_jojie, @cornerstone_ig, @visionerickson, @rey_lanada & @leovdominguez for helping make this performance possible! A video posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:51pm PST

 

Thank you for cohosting w/ me @ramsayderek11. #APEC2015 A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:42pm PST

Thank You Ate Kris @withlovekrisaquino for giving us the chance na makapag perform today for #Apec2015 Love you ate A photo posted by Angeline Quinto (@loveangelinequinto) on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:57pm PST

 

So happy that our guests loved their performance! Thank you @mateoguidicelli @ogiealcasid @loveangelinequinto @eriksantos #APEC2015 A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:25pm PST

 

Thank you @withlovekrisaquino for inviting me to host the APEC spouses lunch. It was such an honor to be a part of this distinguished occasion. A photo posted by @ramsayderek11 on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:49pm PST

 

Favorite namin ng sisters ko! Thank you to my Kumpare @ogiealcasid. #Rehearsals #APEC2015 A video posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 6:15pm PST

 

Some of the performers posted photos from backstage.

Backstage this afternoon with two amazing guys. @ramsayderek11 @ogiealcasid A photo posted by Matteo Guidicelli (@mateoguidicelli) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:14pm PST

 

Before our performanceThank you Sir Ogie @ogiealcasid for leading the prayer. With @eriksantos @mateoguidicelli#Apec2015 A photo posted by Angeline Quinto (@loveangelinequinto) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:02pm PST

 

APEC 2015! Thank you Francis Libiran for my barong tagalog.#apec A photo posted by eriksantos (@eriksantos) on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:46pm PST

 

Other guests at the lunch included Lily Monteverde, Virgie Ramos, and Tootsy Angara and her mother.

At the Ayuntamiento de Manila for luncheon hosted by the Aquino sisters in honor of the APEC spouses with my mommy dearest .. Thank you @rajolaurel again !! Wearing my recycled Benguet terno top from last years SONAthank you also @marifemordido A photo posted by tootsyangara(@tootsyangara) on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:10pm PST

 

My super fun seat mateslovely ladies Tita virgie Ramos and mother lily A photo posted by tootsyangara(@tootsyangara) on Nov 18, 2015 at 8:20pm PST

 

With the First Lady of Thailand, Mrs Drilon , wife of the ambassador and me #apec2015 A photo posted by tootsyangara(@tootsyangara) on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:01pm PST


Before the event, Kris told reporters outside Intramuros that the program was around 20 minutes, and she was lucky to have been able to call in favors from her friends.

Aside from the program prepared, there was also a "small showcase of our world-class Filipino products." The artists behind these products were at the luncheon too.

Preview of the performance for the spouses later. Dance portrays festive wedding celebrations in rural areas. pic.twitter.com/6V4FbDQGyY — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) November 19, 2015

 

Before the lunch, the 9 leaders' spouses, together with Kris and her sisters, went on a tour of Fort Santiago.

First stop: Fort Santiago. Tour starts later at 10 am. pic.twitter.com/lRoiVSyJmS — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) November 19, 2015


"Ang nanay namin, sinabi na 'Hindi man tayo mayaman na bansa, sobrang yaman natin sa ating hospitality, sa warmth, (Our mom said, 'We're not a rich country, but we're very rich in hospitality and warmth) and we really want to make sure that everybody who visits the Philippines will go home with a positive impression of all Filipinos," said Kris of the luncheon.

Our Visayan Wedding Celebration Dance! #APEC2015 A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:46pm PST


"And I think we've achieved that," Kris said, not only because of the lunch, but also because of the Welcome Dinner, where artists like Apl de Ap, Reynan dal Anay, Gary Valenciano, Charice Pempengco, and Jessica Sanchez performed.

"Nakita ko naman kagabi (I saw last night) how much they (the foreign visitors) were so appreciative... of our cultural presentation, even I was really amazed at the extent of our talent," continued Kris.

APEC is an economic forum in the Asia-Pacific with 21 member economies. The economic leaders held their meeting in the Philippines from November 18 to 19. – Rappler.com