LIHUE — There was a luau Monday night and the delegation from Candon City spent time with Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Tuesday following the signing of the Friendship City Relationship agreement.
“This is about connecting,” said Carvalho. “There are a lot of families here who have relatives in Candon.”
Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson M.D., said Kauai is another link in addition to the establishment of a Sister City relationship with the City and County of Honolulu several years ago.
Candon is a city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
“I did not get to see Candon during the last trip we made to the Philippines,” said Mel Rapozo, the Kauai County Council chair. “But I have been told that it is very similar to Kauai, and I am hoping to strive for a sister city agreement.”
Candon, according to the 2015 census, has a population of 60,623 people. It is dubbed the “Tobacco Capital of the Philippines because it is the country’s largest producer of Virginia-type tobacco.
Additionally, because it is the district center of southern Ilocos Sur, Candon plays a vital role in the development of adjacent municipalities.
“We can connect to have discussions and exchanges in tourism, agriculture, and culture,” Carvalho said.