President Rodrigo Duterte gives the thumbs up while witnessing the program proper during the dinner he hosted for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Nov. 12, 2017. PPD/Karl Alonzo

WATCH: Highlights of Filipino performances that world leaders witnessed
(philstar.com) - November 13, 2017 - 1:08pm

MANILA, Philippines — American President Donald Trump could not help praise the spectacle at the gala celebration hosted by his counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, on Sunday night.

On Monday, Trump thanked the Philippine president for the hospitality and praised the performances on the eve of the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

"The show last night, the talent at that show — I assume mostly from the Philippines — was fantastic. Thank you," Trump said after his bilateral meeting with Duterte.

The show featured some of the country's best performing artists for the gala celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 10-nation bloc.

Trump and Duterte were joined by more than a dozen other leaders from Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, Russia and India. — Video editing by RP Ocampo

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