PHOTOS: PNoy in Canada [Day 1]

By , on May 8, 2015


PNoy arrives in Canada for day 1 of his state visit 5 (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III aboard a state landau arrives at the 7 Rideau Gate for the welcome ceremony during his State Visit to Canada. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III is in Canada for a three-day state visit from May 7 to 9, 2015.

As written by RTV Malacanang:

From Chicago, the President proceeds to Canada for a State Visit upon the invitation of Canadian Governor General David Johnston.

Both countries have long-standing and positive bilateral relations based on shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, and a mutual interest in expanding trade and commerce.

Canada is the Philippines’ 21st largest trading partner and a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan. In 2014, the Philippines was also designated as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.

President Aquino is scheduled to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, before witnessing the signing of bilateral agreements on labor cooperation, development assistance, and infrastructure development.

The Chief Executive is also set to meet with the Filipino communities in Vancouver and Toronto. Canada is home to almost 700,000 Filipinos.

In an official press release from the website of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he is quoted, “Canada and the Philippines enjoy a close friendship based on shared democratic values and strong people-to-people ties. I look forward to meeting with President Aquino to further strengthen the bonds between our two countries, including in the areas of trade, investment, development and security, benefitting the citizens of both nations.”

Here are some photos of PNoy’s first day in the Great White North.

PNoy welcomes by Canadian officials upon arrival (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Philippine and Canadian officials upon arrival at theCanada Reception Centre (Hangar 11) during his State Visit to Canada. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy in Canada, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
PNoy in Canada, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy in Canada's Rideau Hall, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his remarks during the welcome ceremony at Rideau Hall for his State Visit to Canada. Also in photo are the Governor General of Canada David Johnston, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

FIlipino-Canadians take a selfie with PNoy outside Rideau Hall (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
FIlipino-Canadians take a selfie with PNoy outside Rideau Hall (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy meets Governor General David Johnston, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
PNoy meets Governor General David Johnston, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy meets with Canadian leaders, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Governor General of Canada David Johnston during the courtesy call at the Large Drawing Room of the Rideau Hall for his State Visit to Canada. Also in photo are Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy plants a tree next at the RIdeau Hall grounds. He planted his tree next to the tree his mother -- former President Corazon Aquino -- planted in 1989 (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
PNoy plants a tree next at the RIdeau Hall grounds. He planted his tree next to the tree his mother — former President Corazon Aquino — planted in 1989 (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy attends gala with Canadian Governor General David Johnston. Also in the photo is Gov. Gen. Johnston's wife Sharon  (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
PNoy attends the State Dinner given by Their Excellencies The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, for his State Visit to Canada at the Rideau Hall Ballroom (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 

PNoy in Canada, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
PNoy in Canada, May 7, 2015 (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)