President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese shake hands after the signing of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership after their bilateral meeting at the Reception Hall of Malacañan Palace on Friday (Sept. 8, 2023). The two leaders witnessed their respective delegations exchange two memoranda of understanding covering mutual commitments on further strengthening collaboration between the Philippines and Australia. Albanese’s visit is the first for an Australian leader since 2003 and highlights the Philippines’ and Australia’s more than 75 years of bilateral relations and diplomatic ties. (PNA photo by Rey Bnaiquet)