Marcos returns to Manila from Brunei

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  • The First Couple left for Brunei on Saturday evening and returned the following night at around 7 p.m.

President Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos are back in Manila after attending the Royal Wedding of Brunei's Royal Prince Abdul Mateen in Brunei on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Marcos Widodo Mateen wedding (Radio Televisyen Brunei/Astro AWANI/YouTube)
ATTENDING THE ROYAL WEDDING — President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. chats with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the Royal Wedding of Brunei Prince Abdul Mateen and Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah in Brunei on Jan. 14, 2024. Beside the President is First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos. (Radio Televisyen Brunei/Astro AWANI/YouTube) 

The First Couple left for Brunei on Saturday evening and returned the following night at around 7 p.m.

Marcos joined other world leaders at the wedding, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was seated beside him.

During the ceremony, Marcos was seen talking to Widodo. Their short exchange, caught on camera by the Bruneian government's official media arm, occurred days after they met in Malacañan during Widodo's official visit to the Philippines last week.

According to Malacañang, the First Couple's attendance at Prince Mateen's wedding was upon the invitation of Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

It added that the gesture "reaffirms the strength of the bilateral ties between the Philippines and Brunei."

Prince Abdul Mateen is the sixth in line of succession to the Bruneian throne. He married Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah Binti Adam, a businesswoman who owns a fashion brand and a tourism company.

The Royal Prince has been in the Philippines with the Sultan. In November 2019, Mateen joined Bolkiah during his bilateral meeting with former president Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañan.

Prince Mateen is also a polo player who was part of Brunei's polo team in the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Brunei were established on Jan. 1, 1984, when the Philippine Consulate General in Bandar Seri Begawan was elevated to an Embassy, and the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam was subsequently opened in Makati City.

Brunei is home to over 22,000 overseas Filipino workers.