Parliament House, Sydney, Australia
25 October 2012

After the courtesy call of Hon. Barry O’Farrell to President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Premier of New South Wales hosted a state luncheon in honor of the President. Before the ceremonial toast, Premiere O’Farrell said that the visit of President Aquino opens up more future opportunities in both countries. He also added that out of 200 nationalities presently working and residing in Australia, the Filipinos are the most vibrant, energetic and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

President Aquino thanked the people of New South Wales for their warm hospitality. According to the President, Australia is a long committed ally of the Philippines, a firm believer of democracy and has the same value of kindness, hospitality and compassion.

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