By Erma Edera
The city government of Manila renewed its friendship with Mexico, after the Mexican Ambassador expressed willingness to cooperate and collaborate with the nation’s capital.
Mexican Ambassador Gerardo Lozano Arredondo paid a courtesy call on Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday.
“Like you, we have a new government in the capital. We also have more programs, social programs,” Arredondo told Moreno.
The Ambassador said “we can exchange successful experiences because this is a good way [to know] what works in the Philippines and what works in Mexico.”
“We wish to renew and reactivate the diplomatic ties of Acapulco and Manila,” he added.
Mayor Isko agreed with the Mexican Ambassador, saying that “we have to do something, we have to help the government.”
The Ambassador also lauded Domagoso for his efforts to clean and revive the Philippine capital city.
“I am sure that seeing the results, maybe these are small steps but these have (huge effects),” the Ambassador said.
“I am very well impressed with your first actions,” he added.
The Ambassador recognized the city government’s efforts to strengthen Manila’s tourism sector, particularly the proposed creation of a “tourism circuit” or the so-called Manila Heritage Trail.
“You have to feel very proud because when people visit the Philippines, the first place they want to visit is Intramuros, Fort Santiago,” he told the mayor.
The Mexican Ambassador is the 19th foreign envoy to pay a courtesy call on the mayor.