“Your great province has so many things to offer. It is a well situated place for investments and there are lots of job opportunities,” Ambassador Lillie said during his visit to the province yesterday.
Accompanied by Her Majesty’s Consul Brendan Gill and British youths from the Global Exchange Program, the ambassador was welcomed by the top officials of the province headed by Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, Northern Luzon Command Chief Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara and municipal mayors at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Pavillion here.
Ambassador Lillie said he was invited by Gov. Alvarado to visit Bulacan and he was very thankful for the opportunity to visit the historic province. He added that the invitation is one way of strengthening the ties between the
and the . province
“In my two and a half years as the British Ambassador, I am deeply touched by the warm welcome of the Filipino people. Today, we share freedom and we look forward to increase trade and to a better relationship,” Lillie said in his brief message at the lunch reception hosted by the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB).
When asked what he can say about Bulacan, the British envoy said that it’s more fun to be in Bulacan, particularly in the historic city of
Malolos which is known as the
cradle of democracy in Asia.
“Despite thousands of miles between
Great Britain and the , we still have many things
in common—the language we speak and our Christian faith,” the ambassador added.
Meanwhile, Alvarado said during his welcome speech that the reunion of Bulacan and
is much different now
compared to its first meeting 250 years ago. Britain
“The world is different now; we have found it better and to our interest to explore all the possibilities that will make us former allies and enemies share a better, safer world. We are grasping each other’s hand, not in the spirit of animosity, but in the spirit of brotherhood, friendship and cooperation,” said the governor.
Alvarado added that he hopes that the said meeting will serve as a recommitment between
and Bulacan to help
one another in search of common solutions to the common problems and to share
the same dreams. Great Britain
Further, the top local chief executive said that there will be talks between the British embassy and the PGB about the youth exchange program so that young Bulakenyos will be able to go to the
and learn their culture as well as their technologies. United Kingdom
“Actually the organization is the one who assigned us here and I’m much pleasured that they assigned me here in the
are a group of dedicated youth volunteers who find solutions based on problems
that we see in Bulacan particularly in Hagonoy like health issues (healthy
lifestyle), and family planning,” Tilly Alcayna-Stevens, a member of the Global
Exchange, British youth volunteer said. Philippines