MANILA ARM Cuauhtemoc, a Brick Barc sailing ship of the Mexican Navy, docked on Friday in Manila for a historic five-day visit to pay homage to a sea route that connected the two countries for 250 years during the Spanish colonial era.
The 90.5 meters long ship, which is propelled by a diesel motor and 23 sails, was received with a welcoming ceremony at the port, where it will remain open to the public until Tuesday.
The Philippine navy in a statement called it a goodwill visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.
Commanded by Captain Rafael Lagunes Arteaga and with 43 cadets from the Heroic Naval-Military School on board since the ship is used to train future naval officers ARM Cuauhtemoc is the first ship from the Mexican navy to visit the Philippines.
The visit also seeks to commemorate the historical voyage by the Manila-Acapulco Galleon for almost 250 years, the Mexican embassy in Manila said in a statement.
The Manila-Acapulco ship, operational until 1815, was key to trade exchanges between Manila and Acapulco (Mexico), that began in 1565, a year after Miguel Lopez de Legazpi left Mexico to incorporate the Philippines into the Spanish empire.