President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace
March 1, 2023

After a productive bilateral meeting and reaffirming longstanding ties between the Philippines and Malaysia, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim held a tete-a-tete and an exchange of gifts at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace.

The President handed over one of Dr. Jose Rizal’s greatest literary works, Noli Me Tangere (Tercera Edition, 1909), to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

The Malaysian Prime Minister considers Dr. Jose Rizal as a “precursor to Asian renaissance”, and deeply appreciated the President’s gesture in giving a very invaluable gift.

Dr. Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, the Prime Minister’s spouse, received a Waling-Waling brass card holder – a decorative ornament that combines the beauty of the Waling-Waling with the durability and attractiveness of brass crafted by Cebuano artisans.

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