APEC 2015: A Postscript

It was an interesting week here in Metro Manila as the metropolis was host to one of the most high-profile international summits to be held here, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

As was explained here in a previous post, the APEC summit is an annual event in which 21 economic leaders converge to talk about various economic issues, as well as other matters that affect the Asia-Pacific region.

the 21 APEC economic leaders in their traditional family photo with the barong as attire (photo courtesy of GMA)

This year’s summit is an interesting one, not only in the light of the US-China relations and China’s moves in the region that is causing worry, (something I touched upon in that aforementioned post) but also in light of what happened in Paris a few days before the summit in which terrorists said to be belonging to the group ISIS/ISIL stormed different venues in the city and killed hundreds in the process.

And as the days went on during the summit, there was that lingering fear that Manila would suffer a such terrorist attack that would endanger the lives of the people in the metropolis, and especially the delegates in the city for the APEC summit. Thankfully, such an attack did not happen. Continue reading


The Urban Roamer’s Guide to APEC 2015

In the coming days, the Philippines will be host to one of the most high-profile summits to be held in the country as 21 world leaders would converge for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders summit to be held here in Manila from November 18 to 19.

We have heard the preparations for it and some of us have decried the “overkill” in the preparations. But what exactly are we preparing for this APEC 2015 anyway? Today, we shall take time here at the Urban Roamer to understand a bit more about APEC and what it means to us, as well as be informed as to what to expect as far as the preparations are concerned. Continue reading