Mexico and the Manila City government are eyeing to “renew and reactivate” the diplomatic ties between Mexican cities and the nation’s capital.

This as Mexican Ambassador Gerardo Lozano Arredondo on Tuesday, November 6, paid a courtesy call on Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

During the meeting with the Mayor, Arredondo expressed his government’s willingness to cooperate and collaborate with the City of Manila.

“Like you, we have a new government in the capital. We also have more programs, social programs,” Arredondo told Domagoso.

The Ambassador said “we can exchange sucessful experiences because this is a good way [to know] what works in the Philippines and what works in the Mexico.”

“We wish to renew and reactivate the diplomatic ties of Acapulco and Manila,” he added.

Domagoso agreed with the Mexican Ambassador, saying that “we have to do something, we have to help the government.”

Likewise, Arredondo lauded the Mayor for his efforts to clean and revive the Philippine capital city.

“I am sure that seeing the results, maybe these are small steps but these have (huge effects),” the Ambassador said.

“I am very well impressed with your first actions,” he said.

He also recognized the city government’s efforts to strengthen Manila’s tourism sector, particularly the proposed creation of a “tourism circuit” or the so-called Manila Heritage Trail.

“You have to feel very proud because when people wants to visit the Philippines, the first place they want to visit is Intramuros, Fort Santiago,” he told the Mayor.

In response, Domagoso said “I always wanted to protect history.”

The Mexican Ambassador is the 19th foreign envoy to pay a courtesy call on the Mayor.

(MPIO News Release/Photos by Christian Turingan)