‘Sisterhood means exchange of ideas’-A A +A
Monday, July 4, 2011
LAOAG City—Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia clarified the sisterhood agreement with Ilocos Norte was not a step to advance her political career in 2013.
She said it was an opportunity to exchange ideas and cooperation between two provinces.
The governor said it also showed that unity is the “way to go” in order to have progress in the country, that’s why she said in her speech: “One Cebu, One Ilocos Norte and One Philippines.”
“Because, in fact, unity can be achieved and, of course, the key to this country’s progress is really in us, the local government units,” she told Sun.Star Cebu in an interview.
She said Cebu and Ilocos Norte are showing the way in how to achieve unity in this country.
“That’s what I mean,” she said.
Although Gov. Imee Marcos said she was already ripe for a national position and that the Senate needs more women, Garcia is still mum on what position she will be running for after her term ends.
Gov. Marcos also said her province has always been known for its solid vote and the Marcoses are not difficult to talk to in case Gov. Garcia will decide to run for a national position.
The agreement was signed last Monday at the Ilocos Norte’s Capitol during the 82nd birthday of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, now congresswoman of the second district of Ilocos Norte.
It was also Garcia’s second time to visit the province because she had also attended the birthday of Imelda last year.
Garcia’s gift to Rep. Marcos last year was a portrait of former President Ferdinand Marcos, which she had sketched in charcoal during the ‘70s. She said her mother, retired Judge Esperanza Garcia, asked her to make it so she could hang the president’s portrait in her office.
She said Imelda cried when she had given it last year and it was now displayed in the Marcos Museum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
After the sisterhood pact was formalized, Gov. Marcos said they wanted to invite tourists in Cebu to also visit their province. She pointed out that Cebu’s airports are really at their maximum, contrary to their own.
She said their tourism industry was badly-affected by the conflict between Philippines and China over the Spratlys and also the hostage-taking incident of Hong-Kong nationals in Manila.
Most of their tourists were Taiwanese and Hong-Kong nationals.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2011.