ASEAN Gala to showcase Filipino fashion, music, dance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — The special gala for the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday will showcase various aspects of Filipino culture — including cuisine, dance, fashion, and music.

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to welcome leaders of the 10-member ASEAN and its dialogue partners, their spouses and delegates, at the dinner to mark the milestone.

The leaders will wear embroidered piña cocoon Barong Tagalog by fashion designer Albert Andrada. Each one will feature the ASEAN logo on customized buttons at the cuff with distinct Filipino qualities such as "magiting," "magiliw," "marangal," "mapayapa," and "magalang," among others.

The female spouses will wear Filipiniana by Andrada, Rajo Laurel, and Randy Ortiz. Design themes draw their concepts from the three major Philippine islands, according to a statement by the Presidential Communications Operatoins Office (PCOO). These include the terno, made of high-quality poly Thai silk for Luzon; the baro't saya made of piña cocoon for the Visayas; and a Mindanao-inspired dress made of piña cloth and special fabric.

A three-part program of music, dance, and songs will entertain the guests over dinner. It will feature an orchestra, a marching band, a rock band, and soloists, as well as ballet, folk, ballroom, tap, and contemporary dance.

Dinner is a four-course Filipino-Asian fusion menu, curated and prepared by Chef Jessie Sincioco and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

The spouses are also expected to attend a guided tour of a Southeast Asian exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Monday. The show, called "ASEAN at 50: Power as Flow," is organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

"The exhibition will highlight the organization's plans to sustain the region's water resources, from proper management through reservoirs and other hydrological infrastructures to the protection of its marine species and ecosystems," the PCOO statement read.

The Spouses Luncheon at the Manila Hotel will feature a four-course Filipino menu prepared by the hotel's executive chef Konrad Walter and a fashion show by Randy Ortiz.

The President's partner Honeylet Avanceña will give tokens of chocolates from Malagos, Davao City to the spouses.