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MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will circulate 10 million pieces of special edition 50-peso bills to promote greater awareness on ASEAN in the country as the Philippines celebrate the 45th anniversary of the regional bloc.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario will lead the celebration of the 45th year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on August 10, starting with a parade of the ASEAN Flag and the flags of the 10 ASEAN Member States at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Main Building in Pasay City.
The parade of colors will be preceded by the opening of photo exhibits on “Water Festivities of Southeast Asia” and “ASEAN Heritage Parks” and will be followed by the launching of the special edition 50-peso bills with an overprint of the ASEAN logo.
Ambassadors from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, assisted by grade school students from De La Salle Zobel, wearing national costumes of the 10 ASEAN Member States, will join Secretary del Rosario in the parade of colors.
Other participants include members of the diplomatic corps and government agencies implementing the activities of the three pillars of ASEAN Political and Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
Other agencies will also hold nationwide festivities in commemoration of ASEAN Day. These festivities will include the designation of ASEAN Week in schools and universities in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the ASEAN University Network, which includes the University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU).
The University of Santo Tomas will hold a seminar on “Preservation of ASEAN Culture: The Role of the Youth in Fostering its Cultures and Traditions” on 22 August 2012.
The “ASEAN MunaTayo” news program of the People’s Television Network (PTV) will showcase stories about ASEAN.
The DZRP RadyoPilipinas will feature “Music from the ASEAN Region” and “ASEAN in Action” in partnership with the Philippine Broadcasting System (PBS) while DZRB Radyo ng Bayan will host an “ASEAN Quiz” segment and “ASEAN Infobits” in partnership with PBS.
TV and radio interviews conveying ASEAN Day festivities will also be aired.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and PTV will hold a “Seminar-Workshop on ASEAN Community Building: News Perspectives for Communication/ Information Materials” and will launch a text blast campaign.
In Cebu, an “ ASEAN Advertorial Video” will be aired over PTV 4 and the Sugbu Cable TV in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Cebu’s Provincial Capitol.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will also present a film showing of “Rice” in October.
The Philippine government annually commemorates the founding of ASEAN to generate awareness among Filipinos of the significance of ASEAN and in support of the vision for the ASEAN Community 2015.