While the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) rarely attracts public attention or interest, this year’s event in the Philippines was very different – thanks to one world leader in particular.
As the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Manila, he was mobbed by shrieking fans, mostly women, and flashes of camera phones.
People were so excited to see him that he had to be whisked away by police bodyguards.
“He shook my hand!" one young woman was quoted as saying by the CBC. "He's so hot!" screamed another. In fact, one woman was reportedly so thrilled, itlooked like she was going to collapse.
The enthusiasm even reflected in national newspapers as the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper featured a half-page photo of Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto with the caption: "Ladies choice Are you with Team Nieto or Team Trudeau?"
Both the leaders were dubbed “APEC hotties,” by various local news outlets with many Filipinos using the bawdy label as a hashtag on Twitter.
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The excitement had nothing to do with the policies he was going to discuss at the summit and Trudeau seemed to be aware of the fact.
“I have absolutely adored my stay in the Philippines. Everyone has been tremendously friendly and, for me, it was an opportunity to engage with a culture that I’ve gotten to know very well in Canada,” Trudeau stated during a press conference in Pasay City.
“What I also had to learn is that there were a lot of people who liked my father and liked me for reasons entirely unrelated to who I actually was, and I had to learn to set aside positive impressions that weren’t grounded in reality,” he added.
Meanwhile, on a more serious note, Trudeau vowed to tackle the problem of exporting Canadian dump to countries like the Philippines. He didn’t elaborate his plans but acknowledged it “needs fixing within our legislation that we're going to lean into and ensure happens.”