The government has appointed Virgilio BG Espeleta as the Honorary Consul General of Bangladesh for the Visayas region of Philippines.
The Honorary Consulate of Bangladesh in Cebu covers the sixteen provinces of the Eastern, Western and Central Visayas region. This is the second Honorary Consulate of Bangladesh in the Philippines, the first being opened in Davao in September 2018 for the Mindanao region.
The inauguration reception of the Honorary Consulate General was arranged on 18 May at hotel Marco Polo in Cebu, said a press release.
Ambassador Nathaniel G Imperial, Assistant Secretary for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Ambassador, Vicente Vivencio Bandillo, Chief of Protocol from the Filipino Foreign Ministry and Bangladesh Ambassador Asad Alam Siam joined the inauguration programme virtually.
They all congratulated the new Honorary Consul General and hoped that his office would help to widen the bilateral cooperation in the Visayas region.
Espeleta, former President of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, is a franchise expert and heads his own consulting firm, which turns around and transform family owned businesses into corporate or franchise structures.
In his long career, he worked for different local conglomerates including San Miguel. A graduate in Chemical Engineering and postgraduate in Business Studies, he also teaches in the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as an adjunct professor and mentors in Philippines Centre for entrepreneurship.