Gov Marañon welcomes Russian envoy for 3-day visit

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr on May 4 welcomed Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev for a three-day visit to the province.

Khovaev called on the Negros Occidental politiko to promote the province in travel and tourism trade shows in Russia.

He said Negrense food will draw Russian tourists to the province.

“It is not common for Russians to smile a lot but the Filipinos infected me with the ‘smile virus’. So I smile more here in the Philippines, and when Russian people smile, they are very sincere,” Khovaev said.

He also said Russians respect local history and spend a lot of money so they are ideal visitors.