While leaders discuss economic development in the Asia Pacific Region during the APEC summit the Philippines, some of their spouses were scheduled to visit the National Museum in Luneta Park, Manila.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe, spouse of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Madame Naraporn Chan-o-cha, spouse of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and Madame Susan Chu, spouse of Taiwan’s former Vice President Vincent Siew were received by National Museum of the Philippines director Jeremy Barns.
Philippine Senator Loren Legarda personally invited Abe to visit the Anthropology section.
Legarda initiated and inspired some exhibits in the said museum section.
The exhibits include the “Hibla ng Lahing Filipino” or the indigenous textiles, “Rice and Climate Change,” and the ”Baybayin” or the ancient and traditional scripts.
Barns said Madame Abe was fascinated with the looms in the “Hibla” gallery and considered it as works of art.
Madame Chan-o-cha have taken the Paris drawings by Philippine arts and culture expert Abé Cruz as her favorite while Taiwan’s Madame Chu and her party toured the Museum of Fine Arts.
Barns said he was proud in showing off to the APEC guests the artistry and cultural diversity of Filipinos through the various exhibits in the museum.