Filipino Edition – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III visits Canada
Members of the Filipino community across BC were delighted to welcome President Benigno Aquino III last May 9th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. His 3-day state visit included stops in Ottawa, Toronto, where he was met by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and in Vancouver.
President Aquino’s visit aimed to strengthen diplomatic & economic relations between Canada and the Philippines, and to meet the Filipino community here. There are 700,000 Filipinos living in Canada and 136,000 Filipinos in BC. Philippines is Canada’s 6th largest trading partner in Southeast Asia.
This was Aquino’s first visit to Canada and the first Philippine president to visit Canada in 18 years.