Vietnamese President Sang leads unveiling of Ho Chi Minh bust at Asean Park in Intramuros

October 27, 2011 9:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 27 — Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang joined by his official delegation and several members of the Aquino government, led the unveiling ceremony of the bust of the late Vietnamese President and National Hero Ho Chi Minh at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Park in Intramuros, Manila on Thursday.

Upon his arrival, President Sang was welcomed by Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

The Vietnamese leader was accompanied by other members of his official delegation which include Foreign Affairs Minister Pham Binh Minh, Culture – Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh, Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang, Defense Minister Nguyen Van Hien, Agriculture and Rural Development Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Foreign Ministry Press and Information officer Tuy Yen and Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Nguyen Vu Tu.

Also in attendance were other government officials led by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Intramuros Administration Administrator Jose Capistrano, Ludovico Badoy of the National Historical Commission, Professor Felipe de Leon Jr. of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and several members of the House of Representatives and members of the diplomatic corps, among others.

During the event, Mayor Lim presented President Sang a symbolic key to the City of Manila as an expression of the warm welcome to the city and the country and the strengthened relations between the two countries. Mayor Lim also gave the Vietnamese leader a tobacco which was grown in the country.

In his message, Lim highlighted Ho Chi Minh’s love for his country that serves as his legacy to the Vietnamese people.

The ceremony was highlighted by the rendition of songs that includes “Praising Ho Chi Minh” and “You’re the victory faith” sang by Vietnamese artists Anh Bang and Thanh Tuy.

The Vietnamese government through Ambassador Vu Tu expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Philippine government for the warm hospitality accorded them especially for the realization of the project honoring their national hero.

Born in Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 1890, Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). He was a key figure in the formation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945, as well as the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the Vietcong during the Vietnam War until his death in 1969. He led the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954.

Earlier, President Sang also paid respect to Filipino National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal at his monument in Rizal Park, Manila. The Vietnamese leader was joined by his fellow officials and members of the Vietnamese media delegation in offering flowers to the Filipino national hero.

During the wreath-laying ceremonies, President Sang was welcomed by Mayor Lim and Presidential Protocol Chief Ambassador Miguel Perez-Rubio. (PNA)

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