Metro Manila · Guide to the APEC Meeting in Manila (16-19 November 2015)

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The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2015 is taking place in Manila from November 18 to 19. With blocked roads, tightened security, and hundreds of cancelled flights, the event will have a major impact on daily life in the Megacity in the coming week. Here is our Megacitizens Guide on the APEC Summit 2015 in Manila.

Almost all heads of state of the 21 APEC member economies will be attending the summit. Among the confirmed attendees are US President Barack Obama and President of China Xi Jinping. According to organizers, 20,000 homeless people have been swept of the streets and 18,000 police are being deployed. After the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Friday, the Philippines has vowed to further tighten security for the world leaders.

The events in the coming week are as follows:

  • November 16 to 18 - APEC CEO Summit
  • November 17 - APEC SME Summit
  • November 18 - ABAC Dialogue with Leaders
  • November 18 to 19 - APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting


November 18 and 19 (Wednesday and Thursday) have been declared public holidays in the National Capital Region, in order to ease traffic in Metro Manila and to accommodate the safety of the visiting leaders. In addition, government offices and schools will be closed on November 17 and 19.

Road Closures

Also for security reasons and to make up for Manila’s utterly insufficient traffic infrastructure, many major roads will be partly closed at some point during the APEC meeting. This affects Roxas Boulevard, the area around CCP Complex and Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Ayala Avenue and nearby Ayala Center in Makati City. The inner lane in both directions of EDSA will become an ‘APEC Lane’, reserved for delegates to ensure a traffic-free ride between hotels and event venues.

For maps of blocked roads and alternate routes, please click here:

Cancelled Flights

More than a thousand national and international flights to and from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been cancelled for the event. Here is an updated list of cancelled flights:

Background: What is APEC?

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a multilateral international organization which seeks to foster free trade and economic prosperity among its member-economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippines has been hosting working group meetings, seminars, and other APEC events throughout the year. The Leader’s Meeting is the highlight of “APEC Philippines 2015”.

APEC is comprised of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, United States, Chinese Taipei, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Peru, Russia, and Vietnam.

For more information, please visit the official website