Popular leaders see potential
October 25, 2011
Following the successful meeting with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday, four popular Philippine leaders joined today’s trade presentation, led by Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.
Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., Congressman Nasser PanganDaman, and the mayors of Bacoor, Cavite and Puerto Princesa, Palawan attended today’s presentations and are eager to establish closer economic and educational ties with Guam.
Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla, and his wife, PLDT Controller Chaye Cabal Revilla, traveled to Manila to enter a sister-city relationship with Governor Calvo. The leaders signed the accord during the trade presentation.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Ed Hagedorn also expressed his interest in mutual exchanges. The Mayor has family in Guam. His city and his province are known as tropical paradises and popular tourist destinations, much like Guam.
“I want to establish closer ties with the Philippines, not just for the benefit of our economy, but because many of our people trace their roots back to these cities and provinces.”
Many of Guam’s Filipino Guamanians can trace their heritage to Zambalas, Cavite and Palawan.
“I’m very excited about this new relationship with Guam,” Mayor Revilla, who attended Governor Calvo’s inauguration, said.
Governor Calvo, in his message to the presentation participants, highlighted one of his initiatives, education tourism. Sister-city relationships help to identify networks and bring education communities together.
“I see the talent coming out of your universities, and I see opportunities for these students to receive an education at the Guam Community College and the University of Guam. Many people see the opportunities of the military  buildup, but there are the post-buildup opportunities for civilian applications.”
Please call Natalie Quinata at 488-6013 for more information.
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