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The offices of Rishon Lezion Mayor Raz Kinstlich (left photo) and Quezon City Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte during the virtual signing of the sister-city agreement between the two cities.

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Rishon Lezion Mayor Raz Kinstlich (left) signs Rishon Lezion’s copy of the sister-city agreement and witnessed by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Macairog S. Alberto (right).


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Seated, from left to right: Honorary Consul to the Philippines Boaz Waksman, Rishon Lezion Mayor Raz Kinstlich, and Amb. Macairog S. Alberto. 2nd row, from left to right: Rishon Lezion Director of International Relations Department Annette Ben-Shahar, Israel-Philippines Chamber of Commerce Chair Ron Doron, Consul General Reichel Quiñones, Vice Consul Patricia Narajos, Political Attaché Wendy Cruz, and Cultural Attaché Geraldine Gamoso.


06 April 2022, Rishon Lezion – Quezon City Mayor Ma. Josefina “Joy” Belmonte and Rishon Lezion Municipality Mayor Raz Kinstlich signed an Agreement on Cooperation by and between the City of Quezon, Philippines and the City of Rishon Lezion, Israel, during a virtual signing ceremony held via Zoom online platform on 06 April 2022 at 8:45 a.m. Israel time and at 1:45 p.m. Philippine time, in their respective offices. The signing was witnessed by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Macairog S. Alberto and Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss.

Mayor Belmonte and Mayor Kinstlich acknowledged the invaluable contribution of President Manuel L. Quezon’s “Open Door” policy, where he offered the Philippines as a safe have for the 1,300 Jewish refugees who fled the Holocaust in Europe, to fostering close relations between the Philippines and Israel. Both mayors viewed the historic link a gateway for the sister city agreement between Quezon City, which was named after President Quezon, and Rishon Lezion, home of the Open Doors Monument.

The agreement will serve as the basis for cooperation between the two cities, by creating avenues for mutual learning in the areas of economic, educational, cultural and sporting activities, and tourism and by conducting exchange of visits between Quezon City and Rishon Lezion municipal officials and other people-to-people engagements. -- END.