The Malacanang Palace is all set for the state visit of the royal couple of Japan, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Malacanang will be implementing a tight security and will not allow any pass thru to all vehicles in JP Laurel street.
The welcome ceremony will start at 10:20am, followed by the signing of the guest book and a private meeting between Emperor Akihito and President Benigno Aquino III.
After the ceremony at the Palace, the royal couple will be offering a flower wreath to the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park.
President Aquino will host a state dinner event at the Rizal hall for the royal couple and their delegation around 7:30pm.
Emperor Akihito assumed as the 125th emperor of Japan when his father Hirohito died on January 7, 1989.
Emperor Akihito was born on December 23, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan.
In April 10, 1959, he married Michiko Shoda, daughter of businessman Hidesaburo Shoda. Empress Michiko is a graduate of Foreign Language and Arts at the University of Sacred Heart in Tokyo.
They have four children, Naruhito, Fumihito Prince Akishino and Sayako Kuroda.
Based on the Japanese constitution, the Emperor is the symbol of the state and unity of its people.
Emperor Akihito spends his time studying Goby, a type of fish. In fact, he is considered an expert in this field and already published at least 30 books regarding this topic.
Emperor Akihito is part of the Icthyological Society of Japan.
The royal couple were seen enjoying the sunset at Manila Bay yesterday afternoon.
The state visit coincides with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the PHL-Japan relations.
(with DZRH Florante Rosales)