Japanese envoy visits Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   July 22, 2019   •   1892

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Japanese ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda paid a courtesy call to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso at the Manila City Hall on Monday.

Ambassador Haneda expressed his approval of Moreno’s accomplishments in Manila in just a short a time since his assumption of office as the city’s chief executive.

“I am impressed with your achievements for the City in so short a time,” Haneda said.

The Japanese official also vowed to promote the historical trail of Intramuros as Japan recognizes its footprints in the city.

“I am going to promote the historical trail of Intramuros because it has a Japanese footprint too. It is a magnet for Japanese tourists,” Haneda told Moreno during their meeting.

With this, the Japanese envoy also extended his invitation to Moreno to visit Tokyo and Yokohama.

After the meeting, Haneda gave Moreno a white plate with the image of a phoenix as a token to remember his visit.

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

In return, Moreno gave the Japanese ambassador the symbolic key to the city of Manila.

Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Haneda is the fourth ambassador to meet Moreno following his election as Manila mayor.  (with details from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Japan Embassy clarifies report that rescue ops for missing crew members of Gulf Livestock 1 have stopped

Marje Pelayo   •   September 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of Japan in Manila on Thursday (September 10) clarified reports from various media outfits that the Japanese Coast Guard has called off the search and rescue operation on the missing crew members of Gulf Livestock 1.

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, tweeted that the search and rescue continues.

“Japan Coast Guard is still continuing the Search and Rescue Operation on the Gulf Livestock 1 case. We pray for additional rescues, as many as possible. My thoughts are with the missing crew, their families, and people of the Philippines,” the Japanese official said.

Also on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Japanese Coast Guard has decided to “transition from full-time search operations” to “usual patrol arrangements” following unsuccessful recoveries since September 5.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, wishes to report that the Japanese Coast Guard has decided to transition from full-time search operations for the crew of the missing vessel Gulf Livestock-1 to its usual patrol arrangements as they have found no trace of the ship since 05 September 2020,” the DFA said.

Gulf Livestock 1, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was lost at sea on September 2 carrying nearly 6,000 live cows and crew members comprised of 39 Filipinos, two New Zealanders and one Australian and one Singaporean.

Two of the Filipino crewmen were rescued alive while a third person later identified as a Filipino national was declared dead on September 5. 

Take a glimpse of Filipino, American courage at the Battle of Manila exhibition

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 4, 2020

The courage of our fallen heroes will never be forgotten.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Intramuros Administration, launches Allies for Freedom: Portraits of Filipino and American Courage in World War II.

A gallery of the Battle of Manila can be viewed until March 31 at the American Barracks at Fort Santiago. This is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Manila.—AAC

Intramuros adjusts opening hour of Fort Santiago dungeons to fix long lines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2020

The Intramuros Administration said they will adjust the opening schedule of the dungeons of Fort Santiago to fix long lines and waiting time of visitors.

In their Facebook post, the Intramuros Administration announced they will adjust their time schedule for the dungeons of Fort Santiago from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday (February 16).

“We would like to assure the public that we are taking steps to address current concerns such as long lines and waiting period. We are dedicated to ensuring a better experience for everyone,” their post reads.

The administration also reiterateed their commitment to make Intramuros “more fun than ever”.—AAC

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