Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace
January 31, 2023

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President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expressed high hopes for a new year with ‘fresh enthusiasm and a renewed sense of hope for the future’ as he hosted his first traditional Vin d’Honneur this year at the Ceremonial Hall in Malacañan Palace.

Speaking before foreign dignitaries and the diplomatic corps, the President emphasized that while the country is still recovering from the effects of COVID-19 and amid the current status of the global economy, the Philippine Government remains with a clear vision geared towards a more resilient, inclusive and innovative post-recovery for the country.

He added that the Philippines was included as one of the ‘fastest rising economies in the Asia-Pacific Region’ with a growth domestic product (GDP) of 7.7% during the 3rd quarter of 2022, way better than the 5.7% growth during the same period in 2021.

“A big part of this strategy is, of course, drawing investments in key economic sectors, including agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure, and ensuring that opportunities and investment leads and pledges translate into actual projects,” President Marcos Jr. remarked.

Likewise, he called on the diplomatic corps to work hand-in-hand with the Philippine Government through impactful partnerships and cooperation, and gave his firm assurance that the Administration continues to attach great importance to the country’s external relations.

During the event, His Excellency Most Reverend Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See, delivered his message on behalf of the diplomatic community.

Vin d’Honneur or ‘Wine of Honor’ is hosted by the Chief Executive twice in a year, usually after New Year’s Day and on June 12, the nation’s Independence Day.

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