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The Celebration of US Independence Day and Fil-Am Friendship Day 2017

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The American Association of the Philippines (AAP) with Manila Elks Lodge No. 761 invite you to the U.S. Independence Day and Fil-Am Friendship Day celebrations at Enderun Colleges, Mckinley! This is happening this Saturday, 1 July 2017. Why is the 4th of July such an important day to both the Americans and Filipinos?

 

Decades of Friendship

The United States of America and the Philippines have almost a century-old history of friendship and partnership. Just last May 6th, the two countries paid tribute to the American and Filipino heroes who defended Corregidor island as a means to prevent the Japanese forces from invading Manila. This story of valour and strong partnership at the face of great adversity (and even death) took place 75 years ago. Their story is further explored in the articles: Lessons from the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor – A Celebration of the Friendship of Two Countries and Ambassador Sung Y. Kim’s memorable speech for the event. For this event, the new generation of the renowned 4th Marine Regiment visited the Philippines. Then, three days after the celebration in Corregidor, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces participated in the yearly military training exercises called Balikatan (translation: “shoulder-to-shoulder”). Balikatan exercises is a key military training that is reflective of the Philippine-United States military relations since the U.S. bases in the Philippines closed in 1991 (for Clark Air Base) and in 1992 (for the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay).

 

Filipino-American Friendship Day

The 4th of July is a special day for the two nations. It is the U.S. Independence Day and Fil-Am Friendship Day.  On 4 July 1946, U.S. granted the Philippine Republic its independence. This happened 71 years ago and a year after the end of WWII in the Pacific. This historic day was highlighted by the lowering of the Flag of the United States while the Flag of the Philippines was raised during the independence ceremony. This day is also called “Republic Day” in the Philippines.

 

 

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Come and join the celebration! Save the date — July 1, Saturday at Enderun Colleges!  Gates will open at 1PM until 7PM. Featuring Live music, games, bazaar tents, various merchandise booths and a marching band!

 

Admission: PhP300.00
Children below 5 y/o: FREE!

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

AAP – 892-5198 // aap.information@gmail.com
Manila Elks Lodge No. 761 – 811-3173 // elksclub761@gmail.com

 

For enquiries about booth rentals, please contact:

 

Bianca Balandan
Office and Events Supervisor
American Association of the Philippines
0995 658 1606

 

Jen Acuna
Events and Marketing Manager
Manila Elks Lodge No. 761
0915 560 3750

 

 

Author: Anna Stiva

 

 

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