Duterte sings 'Ikaw' upon Trump's request

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte was not only the host at last night's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala dinner – for a few moments, he was an entertainer too. 

A clip posted by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Karen Jimeno shows Duterte singing Pinoy classic "Ikaw" on stage – apparently at U.S. President Donald Trump's request.

 

Duterte serenaded the cheering crowd with iconic songtress Pilita Corrales.

At the end he quipped, he did it "upon the orders of the Commander in Chief of the United States."

Trump is one of 20 foreign leaders in the Philippines for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. It is his first visit to the country as President.

The Philippines is hosting the summit this year as ASEAN's chairman.

Earlier in the evening Duterte and his partner, Honeylet Avanceña, gave a warm welcome to other heads of state visiting the country.

Duterte played the gracious host to 20 leaders from ASEAN's ten member states and its dialogue partners as they arrived at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay city.

Duterte wore a Barong Tagalog, while Avanceña wore a dazzling gray terno as they posed for a photo with each world leader.

The ASEAN heads and their dialogue partners were likewise dressed in Filipino attire.

Men donned embroidered pinacocoon Barong Tagalogs by fashion designer Albert Andrada. Their female spouses wore Filipiniana dresses by Andrada, Rajo Laurel, and Randy Ortiz.

The sole female head of state at the event, and the world's youngest female leader, 37-year-old New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a barong with a skirt.

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi wore a blue Mindanao-inspired garment, which she complemented with a sash and necklace.

In a photo opportunity, Duterte stood side by side with the towering Trump to his right as they exchanged a few words in between the takes.

The two leaders also sat next to each other at the dinner table, with Trump sharing a toast with Duterte first, then Avanceña.

Filipino talent takes center stage

Music, dance, and songs entertained the delegates throughout the night.

Entertainment was at full force, with a marching band setting the mood for the evening's festivities.

The program featured world-famous Filipino talent with dancers dressed in elaborate costumes performing numbers from tap dance, ballet, and traditional Filipino dance.

Singers, meanwhile, sang operatic harmonies and gave their own renditions of popular songs like Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "the Prayer".

Meanwhile for dinner, delegates enjoyed a hearty four-course Filipino-Asian fusion dinner,

A tweet by Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Karen Jimeno showed meals with twists to Filipino favorites, such as ensaladang ubod at alugbati (heart of palm and malabar spinach salad), sinigang na maya-maya sa miso (soured red snapper in miso broth), bistek sushi (Filipino steak sushi) or charcoal grilled apahap fillet, and budin (Filipino caramel flan).

These meals were curated and prepared by Chef Jessie Sincioco and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Sincioco was also responsible for Pope Francis' meals when he went to the Philippines.

Good start to ASEAN

Duterte also shared a toast to mark the regional bloc's 50th anniversary.

"I wish to offer a toast to the unity, centrality, solidarity, and continued success of the ASEAN, to ASEAN's achievements in the last 50 years, and to the success of the 31st ASEAN summit [and] related [meetings]," Duterte said.

Duterte said he wants the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, happening from November 12-14, to start "on a positive note."

"I look forward to having constructive and substantive discussions with you, your majesty and your excellencies, in the upcoming meetings," Duterte said.

ASEAN leaders in attendance during the welcome dinner were Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counselor Aung Sun Suu Kyi; Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Leaders from ASEAN dialogue partners at the event were Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Aside from the foreign leaders, government officials and dignitaries, including former Presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Fidel V. Ramos, also graced the event.

On Monday, the leaders are expected to discuss various issues, from tension in the Korean peninsula to South China Sea.