Swiss envoy visits Zambo, traces cultural, bilateral ties PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:13

Switzerland Ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber and his wife, Gracita Tolentino Sieber, arrived for the first time in Zamboanga City yesterday afternoon on a familiarization tour of this part of the country and to trace or renew whatever cultural heritage of common interest between his country and this city.

“I am honored to be here to see for myself what Zamboanga is and how diverse its culture,” Ambassador Sieber said during a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall.

The Swiss ambassador particularly showed interest in John Spirig Sr Elementary School in Suterville, which, according to him, was named after a Swiss national John Spirig, who happened to be a relative of his mother.

Ambassador Sieber and his wife will visit the school today. Also part of their itinerary is the Western Mindanao Command and the Police Regional Office’s Camp Abendan in Mercedes.

Asked what does he think Zamboanga City can offer to visitors like him, Ambassador Seiber said, “Zamboanga City already offered quite a lot. I’ve got to experience a very warm welcome, its diverse cultural heritage and the number of Swiss people here.”

The ambassador also promised to share his experience here with Swiss nationals when he gets back to Manila in his effort to help promote Zamboanga and invite investors, particularly those coming from his country.

For his part, Lobregat said he was honored by Sieber and his wife’s visit to Zamboanga City, even as he cited the previous visits of other ambassadors like those of Spain, Malaysia, Brunei and the United Kingdom, among others. — Vic Larato