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Vietville in Puerto Princesa remains in operation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008

Vietnamese Village in Puerto PrincesaPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 2 (PNA) -- The Vietnamese Village, famously known as “Vietville” in barangay Sta. Lourdes is still in operation contrary to the reports that it has closed down.

”We definitely deny such news. In fact, we are inviting some Vietnamese in Manila to come, stay and make their living in Puerto Princesa. We have numerous projects for this place. We will not close”, said lawyer Le Van Cong, spokesman of the Vietville management.

The 3-hectare Vietville, located six kilometers south from this city proper, is home to Vietnamese refugees who fled their country in the 1970s after the advancing military forces of communist north Vietnam over-ran Saigon, the Indo-Chinese southern capital.

Cong said the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through its Center for Assistance for Displaced Persons plans to renovate and beautify the Vietville, which remains a popular destination for foreign tourists and local Filipino residents.

The Viet-Filipino culture-filled haven is well-known for its lust-driving flavor of authentic Vietnamese cuisines.

He said that Bishop Pedro Arigo, apostolic vicariate of Puerto Princesa informed him that Vietville will serve as a monument of friendship and cooperation among nations who helped Vietnamese refugees to have a relocation site.

Vietville is a symbol of solidarity of those who labored in pursuit of self-reliance” he added.

Viet Village was a showcase of Filipino hospitality, especially among the people of its Asian neighbors,” Mayor Edward Hagedorn said in an statement.

However, only few Vietnamese nationals, especially those married to Filipinos, opted to stay in Palawan and integrated themselves in the province, socially and economically.

Out of the 2,000 Vietnamese boat people or refugees who arrived in the Philippines, around 800 where able to find their way to the US, while the other 800 opted to go back to Vietnam. (PNA)


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