Greece envoy impressed with Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:29

Greece  Ambassador to the Philippines Polyxeni Stefanidou has expressed awe and admiration for Zamboanga, as she toured different tourist attractions of the city whole day yesterday.

The ambassador, along with her husband Constantinus, arrived in the city from the South yesterday morning and proceeded to City Hall for a courtesy call on Mayor Celso Lobregat.

“It is a very beautiful City”, Ambassador Stefanidou said in an interview with reporters covering City Hall. “As we were coming from the airport, my husband and I were positively impressed, the City keeps a very positive impression and it looks beautiful”.

Ambassador Stefanidou specifically cited the architectural beauty of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the historic City Hall which she said she could only imagine in the movies. “I really liked this City Hall it is very, very impressive. You think it was made just for a movie, it is very impressive and very well preserved”.

From City Hall, the ambassador and her husband visited Plaza del Pilar, National Museum, the Fort Pilar Shrine, Paseo del Mar, the Sta. Cruz Island, the Vista del Mar and various other tourist attractions.

On the other hand, the ambassador declined to comment on travel advisories issued by other embassies prohibiting their nationals from visitin various areas and provinces in Mindanao. “I can say one thing, my country never issued a travel advisory”.

She admitted though there are not too many Greek tourists coming to the Philippines.

The envoy came from Tawi-tawi where she graced the province’s 38th Kamahardikaan celebration. — Sheila Covarrubias