By Jaimie Rose Aberia
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla on Wednesday signed a sister-city agreement which seeks to promote greater understanding and goodwill between the two cities.
Estrada said he is looking forward to having more educational, cultural, and business exchanges with Bacoor, a first-class urban component city in the province of Cavite.
“This is a very important agreement between the cities of Manila and Bacoor. This will formalize our ties as sister cities,” Estrada said during the signing ceremonies at the city hall.
The agreement, he said, will give Manila and Bacoor “the opportunity to increase our educational and cultural exchanges, and even explore business initiatives,” he said.
For her part, Revilla said the agreement will open more doors of cooperation for the cities.
Estrada said Manila and Bacoor have similarities, while Manila has been the country’s capital, there was a brief period when Bacoor served as a capital when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared it as the capital of his revolutionary government in 1898.
Bacoor is the 22nd sister city of Manila. Other sister cities include City of Dili, Timor Leste; Beijing, China; Honolulu, Hawaii; Moscow, Russia; Taipei, Taiwan and Winnipeg, Canada, among others.