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In this episode of ASEAN in focus weekened aired on April 9, the program is honored to have interviewed no less than the ambassador of the kingdom of Thailand, his Excellency,  Mr. Thanatip Upatising.

Our resident ASEAN resource person, Dr. Carlos Tabunda Jr., of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), interviewed Ambassador Upatising at his residence where he gave his views about the ASEAN region and the relationship of Thailand to ASEAN and to the Philippines.


Forty‐five years of achievements since its inception in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made a number of achievements towards regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Thailand has played an active role in ASEAN from the very beginning.

Thailand is one of the founding members of ASEAN, together with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The ASEAN Declaration, or Bangkok Declaration, was signed on 8 August 1967 at Saranrom Palace, Bangkok. As stipulated in the Bangkok Declaration, ASEAN was established with an aim to promote peace and stability, and accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in a spirit of equality and partnership. Over the years, ASEAN has gradually evolved and expanded to include Brunei Darussalam (1984), Viet Nam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997), and Cambodia (1999)

  • ASEAN was founded in 1967 when Thanat Khoman of the Kingdom of Thailand brought together the five original members of ASEAN, including then Foreign Minister Narciso R. Ramos of the Philippines, to sign the Bangkok Declaration that created ASEAN.
  • It is most unfortunate, for Thailand as well as for the ASEAN Community, that Thanat, the last remaining Founding Father of ASEAN, passed away this March (2016)

Thailand’s Contribution to ASEAN, ASEAN has been and will continue to be a cornerstone of Thailand’s foreign policy. Thailand attaches great importance to enhancing cooperation within ASEAN frameworks to build trust and confidence among ASEAN Member States, as well as to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region.    Thailand’s contribution to ASEAN has been continuous and active. Under Thailand’s chairmanship in 2008‐2009, the ASEAN Charter entered into force and transformed ASEAN into a truly rules‐ based organization. Thailand is thus fully committed to the effective implementation of the ASEAN Charter, which is vital to the ASEAN community‐building process.   Another important document adopted during Thailand’s Chairmanship in 2009 is the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009‐2015) which lays down a series of actions to guide our community building efforts in all three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political‐Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio‐Cultural Community. Thailand believes that progress in all the three pillars will support a strong ASEAN community building process beyond 2015

Always watch ASEAN in Focus weekend edition, every Saturday, 2 p.m. at NET 25 to have a deeper understanding of the various perspectives about the ASEAN region.

H.E. Mr. Thanatip Upatising, Ambassador of Thailand to the Philippines, at the donation ceremony of 61,000.- PHP to Asociacion De Damas De Filipinas Orphanage in tribute to His Majesty the King's 88th Birthday Anniversary.



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On 28 August 2015, the Thai Prime Minister and his spouse joined the official programmes, namely the Wreath-laying Ceremony at Rizal Monument and the Welcoming Ceremony at the Malacañan Palace. Afterward, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of the Philippines had a bilateral meeting. The talks focused on improve bilateral relations by building a partnership for prosperity and strengthening the ASEAN Community. The Prime Minister also used this opportunity to express his condolences regarding a Filipina who was injured during an explosion at the Brahma shrine, Ratchaprasong intersection on 17 August 2015. The Thai authorities have provided remedies and assistance to those affected by the incident. After discussions, President Aquino hosted a State Luncheon in honor of the Prime Minister and his spouse.


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On 4 December 2015 at 1830 hrs., His Excellency Thanatip Upatising, Ambassador of the Kingdom Thailand to the Republic of the Philippines, hosted a reception on the auspicious occasion of the 88th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand at the Mayuree Ballroom, Dusit Thani Manila. The event was attended by Honourable Evan P. Garcia, Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippine as representative of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs/ the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, Honourable Billy Kuartei, Minister of State of the Republic of Palau, Honourable Elbuchel Sadang, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Palau, Honourable Umiich Sengebau, Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism of the Republic of Palau, Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Cesar Virata, Former Prime Minister of the Philippines, Mr. Jose de Venecia Jr., Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Honourary Consul-Generals, dignitaries from the Philippine Government. At 1730 hrs., His Excellency the Ambassador led Embassy’s officials and members of Team Thailand to pay tribute to His Majesty the King.


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On A27-28 August 2015, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand and Associate Professor Naraporn Chan–o-cha paid an official visit to the Republic of the Philippines. In the evening of 27 August 2015, the Prime Minister and his spouse attended a dinner hosted by H.E. Thanatip Upatising, Ambassador of Thailand to the Philippines and Mrs. Monthip Upatising. Officials of the Royal Thai Embassy, CEOs of the Thai private companies were also invited to the dinner.

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