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PICC Celebrates 40 Year-Anniversary, Continues To Shine Brighter As National Gem

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L-R: PICC General Manager, Renato B. Padilla; Leah Salonga; BSP Governor, Amando M. Tetangco Jr.
L-R: PICC General Manager, Renato B. Padilla; Leah Salonga; BSP Governor, Amando M. Tetangco Jr.

PICC Celebrates 40 Year-Anniversary

Dubbed the very first international convention center in Asia, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) celebrated its 40 years of existence last Sept. 5 at its Reception Hall.

L-R: Denise Laurel, Christian Bautista
L-R: Denise Laurel, Christian Bautista

After it was formally inaugurated in Sept. 5, 1976, the PICC has undoubtedly became among the most notable venues for events not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia.


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It is deemed as a shining gem for arts, culture, entertainment and history as it hosted quite a few significant events in the country’s history.

Important Events Held

Through the years, PICC has become a much loved venue in hosting an array of grandest events, which include:

  • 1976 IMF – World Bank Meeting
  • World Chess Olympiad (1992)
  • 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (2005)
  • Miss Universe Pageant (1994)
  • 3rd Informal Summit of the ASEAN (1999)
  • 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (2012)
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Meetings (1996; 2015)
  • 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Post Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum (2007)

This place has also been a witness to a multitude of concerts by popular international artists, including Michael Buble, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Janet Jackson, Josh Groban and, of course, Lea Salonga.

L-R: Denise Laurel, Christian Bautista, PICC General Manager Renato B. Padilla, PICC Monetary Board Memeber Amando L. Suratos, Lea Salonga, BSP Gov. Armando M. Tetangco, Jr., PICC Directors Pacita Y. Aguirre, Raquel D. Garcia, Susan S. Villar, Cristina M. Sarino and Gabriel L. Cruz
L-R: Denise Laurel, Christian Bautista, PICC General Manager Renato B. Padilla, PICC Monetary Board Memeber Amando L. Suratos, Lea Salonga, BSP Gov. Armando M. Tetangco, Jr., PICC Directors Pacita Y. Aguirre, Raquel D. Garcia, Susan S. Villar, Cristina M. Sarino and Gabriel L. Cruz

It is also worth mentioning that Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Calcutta also once visited PICC.

Photo Exhibit

As part of the celebration, PICC also unveiled an exhibit showing off photos taken from different past events.

The exhibit also boasts Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s handwritten message to PICC that served as its highlight.

Performances During The Celebration

A program was held over the dinner that featured a slew of performances from top-caliber artists, including Christian Bautista as well as Ballet Manila. Denise Laurel served as the host to the said event.

Meantime, Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., Chairman of the PICC Board and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor talked about PICC’s legacy and its future plans during this particular event.

Service Recognition Awards

In an effort to recognize the dedication, selfless service, hard work and loyalty of PICC employees who have been with the organization for more than 20 years, the Center handed out Service Recognition awards to these staff members. On top of that, it also recognized the support of its loyal partners and top clients.

PICC Gem Awardee

It is also worth mentioning that singer-actress Lea Salonga has been a star of the event, as she was given the precious PICC Gem Award. She made history as the first person to receive such award.

L-R: PICC General Manager, Renato B. Padilla; Leah Salonga; BSP Governor, Amando M. Tetangco Jr.
L-R: PICC General Manager, Renato B. Padilla; Leah Salonga; BSP Governor, Amando M. Tetangco Jr.

Among those who gave the awards to the honorees during the night include Governor Tetangco, Monetory Board Member Armando L. Suratos along with members of the PICC Board of Directors Gabriel C. Cruz, Pacita Rosalinda Y. Aguirre, Raquel D. Garcia, Susan S. Villar and Cristina M. Sarino. Also present was Renato B. Padilla, the PICC General Manager.

If you wish to know more about PICC, you may head on over at its site: picc.gov.ph. They also post updates and other information via Facebook: facebook.com/PICCManila.

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