LESSONS LEARNED. A young Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and his mother, then First Lady Imelda Marcos, flank Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong during a visit to China in September 1974. Marcos said he learned a lot from joining the state visits of his late father and former president, Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. (Courtesy of BBM Facebook)

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he found it easy to rub elbows with Indonesian and Singaporean leaders during his recent state visits because he used to tag along the foreign trips of his father, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

In the Sunday episode of his vlog, Marcos reminisced how he, as a teen, and his siblings would join their father and mother, Imelda, and the Philippine delegation, in several state visits.

Alalang-alala ko ‘yung pagpunta sa mga state visit dahil kahit bata pa kami ay sinasama na kami at nakikita ko, ganito pala ang patakbo ng state visit (I clearly recall those state visits because even when we were young, they would take us along and I would see what state visits were like),” he recalled.

The vlog showed videos of the older Marcos meeting United States President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a photo of the younger Marcos and his mother with former Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong in 1974.

Marcos said his father was not much of a lecturer because he opted to actually show his children how things were done.

Alam niyo naman, ‘yung aking ama, hindi nagleleksyon 'yun e. Matututo ka na lang. Panoorin mo siya kung ano ‘yung kanyang halimbawa na ibinibigay (You know, my father, he didn’t give lectures. You would just learn, you would just watch him),” he added.

The President said it was easy for him to associate with foreign leaders because of the lessons he learned from joining his father’s official trips.

Kaya pagpunta ko naman sa aking sariling state visit, alam ko na ‘yung gagawin, alam ko na yung sistema. Sa palagay ko, si Sandro ngayon ay nanonood din. Eh malay natin, baka mag-state visit din siya. Alam na niya ‘yung gagawin niya (That’s why during my own state visit, I knew what to do, I knew how the system works. I think Sandro is watching. too. Who knows, he might also have his own state visit and also know how the system works),” he said, referring to his eldest son who is also Ilocos Norte’s First District Representative.

Marcos emphasized the importance of engaging with other countries in business, education, data protection, creative industries, sports, among others, in achieving prosperity.

Ang pakikipagkaibigan natin sa lahat ay isa sa ating polisiya tungo sa tuluy-tuloy nating pagbangon. Ang lahat ng pakikipag-ugnayan na ito ay para masulong ang kapakanan ng ating bansa at ng ating mga kababayan (Our friendship with all nations is one of our policies towards our continuous rise. All these efforts are being done to promote the welfare of our country and our countrymen),” he said.

Marcos made his first state visit to Indonesia on Sept. 4 to 6, followed by Singapore on Sept. 6 and 7.

He brought home USD14.36 billion, or about PHP804.78 billion, in investment pledges, seen to aid the country's economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. (PNA)