CEBU CITY – The city government here on Friday afternoon welcomed a delegation from the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, marking this city’s renewed bilateral relations with the country.
Amaya Fuentes Milani, deputy head of mission at the embassy, and defense attaché Col. Ricardo Pardo paid a courtesy call on Mayor Edgar Labella and they discussed the goodwill port call of the Spanish Navy ship, the Juan Sebastian Elcano, which arrived here on Saturday morning.
Labella and the foreign officials discussed the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Spain and the many similarities of their cultures.
“We are very honored to be welcomed with our esteemed authorities to commemorate this historic day and uphold bilateral relations between our countries,” Milani said.
“Our shared faith that has endured for five centuries is now paving the way to boosting our bilateral relations with Spain,” Labella said.
Both Milani and Pardo represented the team aboard the Juan Sebastian Elcano.
The ship’s visit to Cebu is part of the celebration to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Philippines’ role in the first circumnavigation of the world. (PNA)