Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has expressed his willingness to revive the sister-city agreement between Manila and Moscow.

Domagoso issued the remark during a meeting with Ambassador of Russian Federation to the Philippines Marat Pavlov. The latter paid a courtesy call on the Manila City Mayor on Thursday, February 11.

The Mayor said the agreement will able to help boost the tourism, culture, arts and investments in the nation’s capital.

“This is good for us, for the tourism, arts, culture, investment. I’ll be happy to sign and exchange things and we always welcome things that we can learn and duplicate as what we are trying to do nowadays,” Domagoso said.

“The only thing needed here is the signature of the mayor of Moscow, and the Mayor of Manila,” he added.

In response, Russian Ambassador Pavlov said Moscow actually could not wait to open its doors once again after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is true that Moscow can really share these many things to you, but due to the pandemic, I understand that we can’t open our museums, open our theaters to our citizens,” Palvov said.

Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila (DTCAM) Director Charlie Dungo said that the last time that the agreement was signed was still in 1997 or 24 years ago.

The Mayor said that the sister-city pact between the two countries would also help Manila’s theater artists to learn from Moscow as its country is known for its theater art.

The Mayor further noted that the Metropolitan Theater is currently undergoing its renovation.

“It’s being refurbished and renovated, and it’s going to be made available to the general public in the few months,” Domagoso said.