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Celebrating the 50th Manila-Acapulco anniversary

Ambassador to Mexico Demetrio Tuason poses with Mayor Adela Roman Ocampo (center), Philippine Honorary Consul Mario de la O Almazan and officials of the Municipality of Acapulco during his courtesy call to the mayor on the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Manila-Acapulco Sister-City Agreement. Mexico PE

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The Philippine Embassy in Mexico participated in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Manila-Acapulco Sister-City Agreement and the International Day of the Galleon at Acapulco, Mexico on 19 to 20 October.

Prior to the celebration, Ambassador Demetrio Tuason paid a courtesy call on Acapulco Mayor Adela Roman Ocampo on 19 October. They both highlighted the importance of the commemoration of the Galleon Trade as it began the close historical and cultural relations between Mexico and the Philippines.

Other activities included a wreath-laying ceremony at the marker of the Return Voyage of the Galleon at the Plaza Mexico-Filipinas in Acapulco City and the inauguration of the 13th La Nao International Festival Acapulco at the Fuerte de San Diego. The La Nao is an annual event organized by the government of Acapulco in commemoration of the Galleon Trade.

The International Day of the Galleon was celebrated with an art exhibit at Casa de la Cultura featuring the work of contemporary Filipino artist Anabel Reyna. A lecture on the history of the Manila Galleon was also conducted by Professor Cristina Barron Soto, a Mexican historian and professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana specializing in the history of the Galleon.

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