IN PHOTOS: Kris Aquino hosts lunch for APEC leaders’ spouses
Derek Ramsay co-hosts the lunch with Kris, while Ogie Alcasid, Angeline Quinto, and Matteo Guidicelli perform

HOSTS. Derek Ramsay and Kris Aquino are the hosts at the APEC 2015 economic leaders' spouses' lunch. Screengrab from Instagram/ramsayderek11

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

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The lunch was held at the Marble Ballroom in Intramuros. 


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



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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.


Thank you for cohosting w/ me @ramsayderek11. #APEC2015

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Thank You Ate Kris @withlovekrisaquino for giving us the chance na makapag perform today for #Apec2015 Love you ate

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Favorite namin ng sisters ko! Thank you to my Kumpare @ogiealcasid. #Rehearsals #APEC2015

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Some of the performers posted photos from backstage.

Backstage this afternoon with two amazing guys. @ramsayderek11 @ogiealcasid

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Before our performanceThank you Sir Ogie @ogiealcasid for leading the prayer. With @eriksantos @mateoguidicelli#Apec2015

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APEC 2015! Thank you Francis Libiran for my barong tagalog.#apec

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


My super fun seat mateslovely ladies Tita virgie Ramos and mother lily

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With the First Lady of Thailand, Mrs Drilon , wife of the ambassador and me #apec2015

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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.


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

“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

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“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. –