Manila, Philippines, August 12, 2017 – Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr Alan Peter S. Cayetano presided over the welcome dinner at the Crimson Grand Ballroom hosted by the local organisers for all 14 participating teams and officials taking part in the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Friday night.

Also in attendance were Co-Chairman of the Organising Committee Mr Jose Romasanta, himself the president of the Philippine Volleyball Federation, AVC Development and Marketing Committee Chairman Mr Ramon Suzara, Director General in the Organising Committee, Binan City Mayor, Control Committee members led by CC Chairman Mr Wei Jizhong, the FIVB and AVC Honorary Life President, and Technical Delegate Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself the AVC Secretary-General, distinguished guests, sponsors and supporters as well as team players and all local organisers.

Different kinds of buffet style restaurant have been provided for all participants. Beautiful songs were sung by a professional Philippine singer, followed by the impressive performance of a Philippine traditional folk dance. As all participants started enjoying their dinner, slide show of various teams in action from the previous matches of the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship at both halls, the Alonte Sports Arena and the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, appeared on the giant screen at the stage. Some players were all smiles seeing their photos on the screen.

After that, Mr Alan delivered a speech to all team players, saying on behalf of the Philippines to welcome all participants to the top-tier competition, wishing them a nice stay in Manila. “Winning in the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship here might be the very first thing all teams have longed for, but for us the Philippines, we just would like to see everyone in the same family. Your team compete here and return, but for us only friendship remains forever,” Mr Alan was quoted as saying.

Mr Wei Jizhong later presented an AVC plaque to Mr Alan to honour him as one who supports the AVC activities. Souvenirs were also presented to all participating teams as well as all Control Committee members and international referees officiating the tournament.


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