Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

69th Courier Anniversary Issue
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Baguio celebrates 71st Fil–Am Friendship Day
by Danna De Guzman

REMEMBERING -- Remaining WWII veterans in the region attend the Filipino-American Friendship Day program in the city last July 4 at the Malcolm Square. July 4 was when the United States recognized the Philippines as an independent state in 1946, thus prompting celebration of the longstanding Filipino-American friendship and partnership. -- Joma Rivera


The enduring and ironclad ties between the Philippines and the United States have been renewed anew in the local front with the celebration of the 71st Fil-Am Friendship Day last week.

The city government, in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Office for Senior Citizens Affairs, and Baguio Elderly Assembly celebrated this year’s Filipino-American Friendship day with traditional activities.

Veterans and citizens attended wreath-laying programs at the Major Lyman W. Kennon Bust along Kennon Road, Architect Daniel H. Burnham Bust at Burnham Park, Justice Geroge A. Malcolm bust at Malcolm Square, and the site of the first Philippine Commission at Governor Pack Road.

These are all historically significant places, which the Americans with the help of local laborers initially developed for the City of Baguio.

The Lakan and Lakambini of Fil-Am Day took their first walk in Baguio Convention Center as part of the second half of the celebration.

Councilor Elmer Datuin commended the organizers for continuously celebrating Fil-Am Day every year, saying it is important to commemorate the bond between the two countries because the Americans were responsible for the initial developments of the city.

CSWD Officer Betty Fangasan said apart from majority economic and infrastructure developments brought by the Americans, education is also one of their significant contributions to the Filipinos in the northern highlands. Some of the first batch of American educators were assigned in Baguio, where they taught English and basic education to the locals.

Fangasan also mentioned some of the infrastructures in the city built by the Americans, which include Kennon Road, Leonard Wood Road, Session Road, Malcolm Square, and Burnham Park, and the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence also in Camp John Hay.

In 1964, then president Diosdado Macapagal changed the Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12, while former president Fidel V. Ramos declared July 4 as the Fil-Am Friendship Day.

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Kings College of the Philippines
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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
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Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

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Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
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Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
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National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
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