Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted at the APEC Summit in Manila by a large crowd of screaming, selfie-seeking well-wishers, as if the prime minister was the frontman of a popular boy band.
Following a day of talks, including a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Trudeau walked through a long line of screaming admirers as he made his way to an awaiting motorcade.
Throngs of men and women lined the partition through the main lobby of the International Media Centre with mobile phones in hand, hoping to snag a picture of Canada’s young prime minister.
“Hi, sir, over here sir,” the crowed greeted the prime minister. “Thank you, nice to meet you,” Trudeau politely replied.
Even members of the foreign media were seen attempting a selfie as Trudeau walked by.
Trudeau shook hands as he thanked the screaming crowd of well-wishers as he made his way out of the building.
Ahead of Trudeau’s arrival Manila newspaper ran a front page headline Wednesday, asking: Who’s sexier: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto?
A pair of large photos of the two leaders filled the top half of the Philippine Daily Inquirer broadsheet.
The caption said: “Ladies choice Are you with Team Nieto or Team Trudeau?”
The newspaper article discussed the arrival of the 21 APEC leaders among other items including a friendly reminder to the general media.
“Aware of Trudeau’s popularity, a member of the Malacanang media office earlier reminded journalists covering his arrival against shouting or making giddy shrieks,” the newspaper said.
–with a file from The Canadian Press
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