We welcome all of you,
our brothers and sisters all over the region to our home.
The Philippines is honored to be the Chairman of ASEAN 2017,
and we look forward to the year ahead as we continue to pursue
and enhance cooperation with you, our neighbors.
The theme “Partnering for Change Engaging the World”
reflects the Philippine government’s advocacy to promote unity
with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners.
We invite everyone to become dynamic and vibrant allies
as we envision a future that is prosperous for all citizens.
We are one community, with one shared identity, one vision.
An even stronger ASEAN begins today.