Mayor Bautista, together with city officials and employees, welcomed the new Israeli envoy.
The mayor also accompanied the ambassador for a brief tour of his office and later presented him with the symbolic key to the city, including copies of books about the city as token.
Quezon City and the state of Israel have long had friendly relations which date back to the time when the Philippine Commonwealth Government under President Manuel L. Quezon offered asylum to Jewish refugees who were fleeing Europe during World War 2.
As a humanitarian gesture, Quezon opened the country to the Jewish refugees and issued them visas. The Filipino leader also secured a land where the migrants set up their homes and build a community.
In recognition of Quezon’s historic role, Israel installed the “Open Doors” Monument in Rishon Lezion’s Holocaust Memorial Park and a marker at the Jerusalem Boys town.
In Quezon City, a Philippine-Israel Friendship marker was installed at the Quezon Memorial Circle.