(Nagoya City Deputy Mayor Toshinori Matsuo paid a courtesy call on Philippine Consul General Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat.)
01 February 2022 – Philippine Consul General Celeste Vinzon-Balatbat expressed her gratitude to Nagoya City Deputy Mayor Mr. Toshinori Matsuo for the Nagoya City Government’s continued support for the Consulate, especially in providing vaccines and booster shots for its personnel.
During the courtesy visit of Deputy Mayor Matsuo and Mr. Hidesato Orito, Director-General for the Bureau of Tourism, Culture & Exchange, on 11 January 2022, the Consul General informed them of the Consulate’s own health protocols to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and implement the City’s health and safety guidelines.
Consul General Balatbat also extended her appreciation for the video message of Nagoya City Mayor Takashi Kawamura during the 123rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Philippines and in allowing the Consulate to hold its ceremonies securely within its immediate vicinity.
The two visiting officials from the Nagoya City Hall discussed with the Consulate Team places of interest in Nagoya.
Director-General Orito also offered to help arrange a visit by the Consulate personnel to the Nagoya City Archives, a heritage building in the City.
(Nagoya City Archives. source:https://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/spot/detail/154/)
(The Philippine Consulate General in Nagoya personnel, together with city hall personnel, at the Nagoya City Archives Building.)
The Consulate personnel visited the historic Archives Building on 18 January 2022, through arrangements made by Nagoya City Officials.
The said visit was part of the Consulate’s efforts to explore venues for its cultural diplomacy and other activities in Nagoya.
The Archives building was constructed in 1922 and served as the Nagoya Court of Appeals and District Court until 1979. The municipality of Nagoya preserved the building¾at the request of its citizens and due to its cultural and historical significance¾by reconditioning it as an Archives facility. It holds public records and official documents issued from the birth of Nagoya City up until the present.
The Nagoya City Archives Building features a Neo-Baroque style interior and exterior, a style also present in the designs of the meeting rooms, sets of furniture, courtrooms, and holding cells.
In addition, it also offers lease of meeting rooms, exhibitions rooms, and available facilities for cultural activities, conferences, meetings, lectures, and display of work of art.