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April 28, 2014
On Board with President Obama in the Philippines
President Barack Obama arrived in the Philippines to meet the President Benigno Aquino III,  It’s interesting to note that like South Korean President Park Geun-hye, President Aquino III is single and never married.  
Both come from political families and had a parent assassinated.  President Geun-hye’s father and mother and President Aquino III’s father Benigno Aquino, Jr. whom he is named after. 
The people power revolution in the events leading up to President Corazon Aquino’s being sworn in as president in 1986 was the most eventful political election  prior to President Barack Obama being sworn in as president in 2009.

President Barack Obama waves at people as he walks with Philippines 
President Benigno Aquino III, second right, at Malacanang Palace
Manila, the Philippines, Monday, April 28, 2014
More than six decades after President Eisenhower’s trip, and more than a decade after the last presidential visit—President Obama returned to the Philippines, in a sign of how the U.S. now finds itself once again in a contest for leadership and influence in Asia. President Obama’s two-day visit is as much about symbolism as strategy. 
The two sides agreed on a ten-year pact that will allow the U.S. to pre-position fighter jets and ships; it’s not yet clear what level of force and equipment the U.S. will rotate through the Philippines, though it won’t be a return to the levels once hosted at the sprawling Subic Bay Naval Station

President Barack Obama talks with President Benigno Aquino III
Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines April 28, 2014
The first woman o hold the office of president in the Philippines, and the first woman president in Asia; President Corazon Aquino is regarded as the “Icon of Philippine Democracy”
President Aquino was the most prominent figure of the 1986 People Power Revolution,which toppled the 21-year authoritarian rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy to the Philippines. 
She was named Time magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 1986. She is the first President without any political experience as she had not held any other elective office.
The fete, hosted by Philippines President Benigno Aquino, was a sweet 
ending for a week-long foreign swing, that included Obama’s induction 
into the Order of Sikatuna, a Filipino diplomatic honor that has been 
bestowed on U.S. presidents dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Malacanang Palace_Manila, Philippines, Monday, April 28, 2014
Shared Interests
President Obama visit to the Philippines reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the alliance, and to discuss with President Aquino our strategic vision for the bilateral relationship.  The President noted our shared history, shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, commitment to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and commitment to build prosperity for our people and the global economy. 
In the video below both presidents pay homage and a toast to a shared past, mutual interests and a commitment for the future of a bilateral relationship.
President Barack Obama & Philippine President Benigno Aquino III 
share a toast during the State Dinner
Malacañang Palace on Monday, April 28th

​President Obama addresses U.S. and Philippine troops about the 
two countries shared interest before leaving the Philippines
Manila, Philippines_April 29, 2014
Air Force One in the Philippines for the fourth and final country of 
President Obama’s Asian Trip_April 29, 2014
Filipino-American Bruno Mars in performance at a concert near you this Summer
Bruno Mars, 28 was born in Hawaii and his heritage is one=half Filipino, one-quarterPuerto Rican and one-quarter Ashkenazi Jewish.  This talented young man is a singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, voice actor & choreographer.
If you watched Super Bowl XLVIII earlier this year; you saw just how talented he is.
Below follows a 4 minute video of one of his songs in quite a different atmosphere than half-time at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Michigan Concerts
Bruno Mars will be performing two concerts in Michigan in mid-June 2014.  There are limited tickets for only one of the Detroit metropolitan area concerts left
Out of the fifty-six (56) domestic and international concerts; thirty-five (35) are already“Sold Out”.   Check his website to see if there are tickets available in your city.
Magkaroon ng isang kamangha-manghang mga panggabing!
Have a Fantastic Evening!
Salamat sa iyo para sa naglalakbay sa board ng Pangulo
Thank you for traveling on board with the President