Spanish envoy cites city’s key role in regional dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:24

Visiting the city for the first time, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Antonio Calvo yesterday said ?amboanga City plays a key role in the development of the region, owing to its rich natural resources.

In a brief statement during his courtesy call on Mayor Beng Climaco in City before addressing the Dia de ?amboanga main program, Ambassador Calvo said it was his first visit to the city and his first outside of Metro Manila.

He said ?amboanga is one of the cities that is “closer to our hearts” and that it enjoys a special treatment by the Spanish government as manifested by the different projects and programs the Spanish Embassy had implemented in this part of the country.

Calvo said the visit of Queen Sophia of Spain to ?amboanga in July 2012 had sent a strong message that the city is very special to Spain, citing historical and cultural commonalities between Spain and ?amboanga, and one legacy in the city’s widely spoken Chabacano language, a creole of Spanish language.

According to him, the Spanish government is committed to support the Philippines in its efforts to attain sustainable peace and development.

The Spanish envoy further said his government is also committed to continue the expansion of the Spanish language through the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

The Spanish envoy was in the city upon invitation of the city government to keynote the 78th Dia de ?amboanga celebration yesterday.— Vic Larato