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(WATCH) A display of Davao hospitality for Abe

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Malacañang posted an “editor’s cut” video of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Davao City.

The nearly seven-minute video from the Presidential Communications Office chronicles the prime minister’s visit to President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown, showing the various displays of Davao’s hospitality for the foreign leader.

It was bookended by a red carpet treatment his delegation got upon arrival and departure.

The video showed the prime minister and wife Akie visiting the president’s house.

Mrs. Abe is also seen being toured by Duterte’s partner, Honeylet Avanceña, to the city’s Japanese cemetery, where the Japanese first lady paid homage to her countrymen who lived in the city.

The two leaders later got to savor “durian diplomacy,” with Abe tasting Davao’s famed durian and other endemic fruits in the festive banquet. Abe also got to adopt a rescued Philippine eagle and named her “Sakura” in honor of the Japanese leader. This was all followed by Abe’s visit to Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, a Japanese school in Davao City.

‘SAKURA’ – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center), with wife Akie (left), is joined by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the formal naming of a Philippine eagle as ‘Sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom).’ (EPA | Manila Bulletin)

‘SAKURA’ – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center), with wife Akie (left), is joined by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the formal naming of a Philippine eagle as ‘Sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom).’ (EPA | Manila Bulletin)

During the Japanese prime minister’s two-day official visit to the Philippines, he pledged assistance for investments, counterterrorism equipment and drug rehab facilities.

The prime minister is the first foreign leader to officially visit the country under Duterte Administration.

President Rodrigo Duterte described the two-day official visit as a “show of solidarity” and a “friendly visit.”

Read more: PH, Japan seal special friendship

The Philippines is the first country in Abe’s four-nation tour of Asia Pacific countries (followed by Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam).

Read more: (WATCH) How Japan appreciates Davao’s hospitality to Abe

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