On 24 October 2016, #UNDayPH was celebrated at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. The event was graced by then Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay who underscored the importance of the United Nations (UN) in the growth and development of the Philippines as a nation. Asst. Secretary Bayani Mercado of DFA’s Office of the United Nations and other International Organizations (UNIO) elaborated on the partnership between the UN and the Philippine Government, as UN celebrates 71st year by promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Philippine Azkal members Aly Borromeo and James and Phil Younghusband led the symbolic kick, launching “#GoForGoals, for #SDG2030.” Likewise, UN Celebrity Ambassadors KC Concepcion, with her sister Garie Concepcion, Daphne Osena-Paez, Gab Alipe of Urbandub, and Antoinette Taus gave inspirational messages and meaningful performances to celebrate the occasion.
Philippine National Commission for UNESCO Secretary General Lila Ramos Shahani and her mother, the late Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani, joined the ceremony as well. United Nations Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren cited former Senator Shahani’s unwavering service to the United Nations during her stint as the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Social and Humanitarian Affairs.