Tehran 31 October 2018 — The Philippine Embassy in Tehran, represented by Cultural Officer Amparo L. Malayo and Administrative Officer Carolina S.J. Baluyot, participated in a one-day sightseeing tour of Tehran organized by the ECO Cultural Institute for members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Islamic Republic of Iran on 20 October 2018.
The tour included visits to several villages known for their local cultural heritage, beautiful gardens, and handicraft stores. These villages are Sameh Village, where the Embassy representatives joined other diplomats in planting saffron seeds. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus, and is one of the main export products of Iran.
The tour group also visited saffron farms in Hermes Village, where they were hosted for lunch at the historic Hajar Abad garden, known for its grape farms.
The highlight of the tour was a meeting with Torkaman Village Chief Authority Omrani Karami, who brought them to the various handicraft stores in the village. Torkaman is famous for its carpet weavers who produce quality, hand-woven Persian carpets.
The ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran was established in 1995 and aims to foster understanding and the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of its members through common projects in the fields of the media, literature, art, philosophy, sports, and education.