Candon City was privileged to be one of the chosen stops of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Caldwell led the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to have their 24th trade mission here.
The 24-member delegation of Mayor Caldwell is to strengthen ties, promote business opportunities, and renewed city agreements.
Among the delegates were Consul General of the Philippines to Honolulu Julius Torres, Hawaii Representative Romy Cachola, FCCH President Maria Etrata who traces here roots to Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Candonian Bernadette Fajardo, and Paul Alimbuyao.
Congreeman Eric Singson and Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson welcomed Caldwell party at the City hall.
Caldwell and his group were shown the different One Town One Product stuffs of the different towns of southern Ilocos Sur and city of Candon displayed at the City hall lobby.
The group then proceeded to the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall for the business forum with the city officials, representatives from the business sector, bank managers.
Its highlight was the signing of the renewal of Friendship City Relationship between the Candon City and City and County of Honolulu represented by City Mayor Singson and Honolulu Mayor Caldwell respectively.
“I am elated to lead my city on such historic and momentous occasion we had just completed this day.
“We were able to showcase our two native delicacies, our tasty glutinous rice cake and kornik with some bonuses as our nearby towns also join us in promoting their own one-town- one-product,” said City Mayor Singson.
Former Congresswoman and City Administrator Grace Singson was the over-all coordinator of the trade mission visit to Candon.
Part of their itineraries were tours to Laoag City, Vigan City, Baguio City, San Fernando City (Pampanga) and Metro Manila.
Their final schedule was courtesy call to Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.