US Embassy Consul General goes on familiarization tour of Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY —- The Consul General of the United States Embassy in Manila Russel Brown received a warm welcome from Ilocanos here as he visited the provincial capital on Thursday.

After his courtesy call with Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos at the Ilocos Norte Capitol, Brown gave in to a brief interview with reporters, saying his team is glad to represent the US mission in the Philippines to the Ilocanos.

As a first time visitor to Ilocos Norte, Brown said, “It’s wonderful to experience the hospitality of the Ilocanos” as he noted that the relationship between the Ilocanos and Americans goes back more than a hundred years.

Prior to his designation as Consul General at the US Embassy Manila in September 2016, Mr. Brown also served as Consul General and Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

“We are very happy to be here to talk about the ties of the United States and Ilocos Norte,” said Brown as he noted among the points of interest in the province include its unique society, design, culture and many other things that are special about the province.

Accompanying Brown and his party during a familiarization tour to Ilocos Norte are former honorary consul of Belarus, Annette Ablan from Laoag City and Provincial Tourism Officer Ianree Raquel.