The City of Bacolod renewed its ties with Seogu District, Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea, by signing a Sister City Agreement yesterday at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby.
The agreement was signed between Mayor Monico Puentevella and Mayor Kang Seong-ho and was held to cultivate, nurture and strengthen the ties of friendship, peace and common development between the two cities.
Kang had also forged a sister relationship with the previous administration last year.
Puentevella, in welcoming the Korean visitors to the “MassKara City,” said that he is pleased to forge such an agreement with one of Korea's top cities and hopes that time will intensify their bond with each other.
Kang brought several Korean businessmen and executives who will scout the city for prospects in the field of tourism, trade and educational exchanges.
There might be a possibility that Bacolod businessmen, officials and some students will visit Korea next year to also learn from their culture, history and business, Puentevella said.
Puentevella also thanked Kang for extending hospitality to councilors Sonya Verdeflor and Ana Marie Palermo, and the MassKara Festival dancers, who joined the ASEAN Culture and Tourism Fair in Korea recently.
He also informed Kang and his group of the PFF-Smart Club National Football competition held in Manila early this year, where the Bacolod City-based CERES-La Salle FC, reinforced by several Korean players, bagged the championship.
In response, Kang said it was a pleasure for him to meet the city officials and some of its people and extended his sincerest appreciation to the City of Bacolod, most especially to Puentevella, whom he considered as an excellent leader.
Puentevella and first lady Josefa Puentevella exchanged tokens of appreciation with Kang after the signing.
Also present were members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod, led by Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya.*CGS