In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Palawan State University through the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) and Socio-Cultural Affairs Office organized and held an ASEAN Day Celebration on August 8, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center. The event had the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

Attended by PSU officials, faculty, and students, the event aimed to promote and showcase ASEAN culture, and to inform the PSU community – particularly its students – on the history and objectives of ASEAN. The special guest speaker for the event was Palawan Congressman Gil Acosta, who was represented by Mr. Sonny Seracarpio, Senior Legislative Officer.

In his message, Mr. Seracarpio highlighted the role of Palawan and the Provincial Government in the greater ASEAN framework and its objectives. He also mentioned the steps taken by the Province to promote economic growth in the interest of its people, and how this comes in line with ASEAN’s overall goals. Dr. Eva Jimenez, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and CAH Dean Prof. Restie Allan Puno likewise spoke at the event, stressing the importance of ASEAN and how it benefits the Philippines in the long run, and how this beneficial partnership can impact the nation, on a socioeconomic and even educational level.

Aside from the messages given at the event, cultural presentations were also showcased by PSU students, including performances from the Sining Palawan Dance Troupe, PSU Singers, and the Teatro Entablado group.

Originally established in 1967, ASEAN is now composed of ten member nations which include the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.