The official flagship and sail training ship of the Republic of Colombia Armada de la Republica de Colombia (ARC) Gloria, was warmly welcomed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) at the Pier 13 of Manila South Harbour recently.
On a goodwill mission to the Philippines, the Colombian naval training ship carried a crew of one hundred forty-two (142) members composed of ship personnel and school navy cadets, under the command of Captain Luis Jorge Tovar Neira.
The ARC Gloria, a Brig Barque first commissioned on September 7, 1968, measures a length of 249.3 feet or 76 meters, with a sail area of 15,070 square feet or 1,400 square meters.
The DOT ushered the marine students to a tour of historic Manila, featuring Casa Manila, Fort Bonifacio and the San Agustin Museum, with the Mabuhay Guides, the country’s premier group of tourguides, leading the delegation through the city’s landmarks.
The heritage tour was capped with a traditional Filipino lunch at Barbara’s Restaurant in Intramuros.
Photo shows the ship’s contingent along with DOT staff and the Mabuhay Guides.