April 28 - U.S. President Barack Obama toasted to a lasting alliance with the Philippines and shared passions between the two countries, such as Manny Pacquiao and basketball during a banquet in Manila. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. president Barack Obama got a taste of Philippine culture in a banquet dinner held in his honor on Monday (April 28), capping the first of his two-day state visit to the Philippines. Led by the Philippine President Benigno Aquino, the dinner for 300 guests was held in the Malacanang presidential palace amid tight security. Guests included senators, cabinet officials, former presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos, and business tycoons. U.S. President Barack Obama and President Aquino toasted to a lasting alliance and shared passions between the two countries, such as Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and basketball. "We feel our spirit, our 'kalooban,' and the friendship between our peoples that expresses itself in so many ways. There's our mutual obsession with basketball, there's our mutual obsession with Manny Pacquiao, even if sometimes he's fighting against Americans and it doesn't turn out the way we'd like. There's our shared pride in millions of Filipino-Americans who contribute to our nation every single day," he said. The Philippines is the final leg of Obama's four-nation trek of U.S. allies in Asia.