While in London, Aquino to pitch ‘more fun in the Philippines’ LONDON (via PLDT) – There will be no city tour for this first-time VIP visitor to London. This will be so for President Benigno Aquino III even if this is the best time to be a tourist here, with the city and the British people all agog over a weekend of historic royal festivities to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne and frenzied preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Instead, Aquino, who was not known for his fondness for foreign travel before he became chief executive, will do his share in attracting British tourists to the country’s pristine beaches and famed diving spots. The President and his Cabinet are set to participate in a photo-shoot featuring the London cabs sporting the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines’’ ads as part of his activities during his June 4-6 official visit here. The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that the President’s original schedule would include a tour of the Imperial War Museum and a city tour Tuesday, his first full day here. But Assistant Secretary for Media Relations Rey Marfil and Jo Paulo Espiritu, director of the Palace Media Accreditation and Relations Division, on Sunday informed reporters covering the President’s visit here that the President had dropped the city tour. They gave no reason for the cancellation. Espiritu said the President only opted to push through with a tour of the Imperial War Museum because of its historical value. The President has been scheduled to arrive here Monday evening (Tuesday morning in Manila), right in the middle of three days of royal festivities to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Aquino missed Sunday’s royal river pageant, where the Queen and the rest of the royal family rode a royal barge and some 1,000 vessels sailed along the Thames River. The BBC reported that it was the biggest fluvial parade in London in 300 years and that some 1.2 million...
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