Indonesian first lady Iriana Widodo hands a gift to a Filipino pupil as President Joko Widodo looks on upon arrival at Clark International Airport in Clark, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. AP/Bullit Marquez

WATCH: 'Pasalubong' of Jokowi, wife upon arrival in Philippines
(philstar.com) - November 16, 2017 - 8:49am

It happened over the weekend when the Indonesian first couple landed in the Philippines and was greeted by children who gave honored them with a lei for President Joko Widodo and a bouquet for his wife, Iriana.

The couple, at first holding hands while alighting from the jet, then gave away gifts in exchange for the flowers.

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Indonesians have a version of the Filipino "pasalubong" tradition, which they call "oleh-oleh."

"It is usually as a term for representing giving some gifts to your friend or neighborhood after you has been done traveling and come back to your home or your country," an Indonesian explained on Quora.

Among the visiting leaders over the weekend, only Widodo and his wife made the gesture upon arrival.

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