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IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Carmela Fonbuena
The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

COMRADES. The members of the Philippine and Vietnam navies which played games volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

MANILA, Philippines – It was a goodwill visit that started with a symbolic handshake. On a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea on Saturday, November 10, Philippine and Vietnamese navies played games in the name of camaraderie.

A total of 63 Vietnamese forces sailed to Northeast Cay in the Spratlys upon the invitation of the Philippines. It was a “return visit” to match Vietnam’s gesture in 2017, when they invited Filipinos to neighboring Southeast Cay. These are dubbed “twin islands.”

The navies played volleyball, football, tug of war, centipede race, sack race, and palo sebo. The Philippine Navy shared photos.

FRIENDLY. Officers of the two navies.  Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

COMPETITION. The sack race event. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

MEALS. Officers of the two navies share meals.  Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

PULL. The tug-o-war event.  Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

“This was capped by cultural performances that highlighted the spirit of sportsmanship, friendship, better understanding, camaraderie, and cultural exchange between the two navies,” said Commodore Rommel Jason Galang, commander of Naval Forces West.

“The Philippine Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy Personnel Interaction provides a venue for enlarging and sustaining good relationship between the two navies,” he said. –