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Czech Ambassador visits Leyte

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, jr. visited Leyte Province to take part in the formal turnover ceremony of a protected cultivation project in Cabingtan, Ormoc and to meet local representatives. He has also visited cities which – three centuries ago – were christianized by Jesuit missionaries from the Czech Lands.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and Ambassador Olša, jr.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and Ambassador Olša, jr.

Ambassador Jaroslav Olša, jr. accompanied by counsellor of the Embassy Jan Vytopil was received on a courtesy call by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla at Leyte Provincial Capital, Tacloban. At Visayas State University in Baybay having an intensive collaboration with universitites in Brno, the second biggest city of the Czech Republic, Ambassador Olša, jr. met with Edgardo E. Tulin, newly elected President, and Othello B. Capuno, Vice President.

Ambassador Olša, jr. also led with deputy head of Embassy of Israel Ms. Hadass Nisan the formal turnover of a protected cultivation project financed jointly by the Czech Republic and Israel in Cabingtan, Ormoc. The project located on almost three hectares of land in the mountain barangay Cabingtan, some 30 kilometers from the Ormoc city center, is organized by IsraAid with a financial contribution of the Czech Embassy.

During his three-day visit Ambassador Jaroslav Olša, jr. also visited historical places associated with the work of Jesuit missionaries who came to the Philippines in the 18th century to help in Christianization of the country. He met with Vicar General of the Archidiocese of Palo Rex Ramirez and after visiting churches in Abuyog, Dagami, and Carigara, he had visited Palompon, where he talked with Fr. Jaime C. Villanueva, St. Francis Xavier Parish priest, where the 300 years old statue of St Francis Xavier, described for the first time by Czech Jesuit Antonín Malinský in 1737, is located.