The inaugural launch of the Sino Phil Asia International Peace Awards on March 6, 2019 in Manila began with a day of history—and closed with historical comments for future paths of peace from perspectives in Asia.
Welcomed by the Order of Knights of Rizal to the hallowed national memorial of the Filipino revolutionary martyr Dr. Jose Rizal in Manila, the laureates assembled for a morning wreath laying ceremony on the morning of March 6.
With tradition, the Philippine Marine Corps played tempo drumsas the key founders of the Sino Phil Asia International Peace Awards, President Emeritus Sir Manson Fok, and Chairman Sir Billy Chan, led the laureates with the official Sino Phil Asia International Peace Award Wreath as it was respectively placed at the Rizal memorial. The assembled Philippine Marine Corps then fired a 21-gun salute to the gentle bugle play of Taps.
The solemn homage was followed by a courtesy call to the Presidential Malacañang Palace. The seat of government for over 175 years, Malacañang has an intriguing history with rich architecture. It was originally a sacred space for the indigenous tribes before Spanish officials erected a government building—one the Americans extended into from 1898. Since 1946 it has served as the official Philippines presidential residence. The laureates were welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet undersecretary.
After the tour, laureates were greeted in the neighboring historic district at brunch by Fema Duterte, a sister of Rodrigo Duterte.