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Historical site visit marks Fil-Am Friendship Day
by Charlene Favis

ENDURING RELATIONS -- The Filipino-American Friendship Day in Baguio has been highlighted with series of events from wreath laying rites honoring great Americans who helped build the city to musical and dance performances. The Filipino-American people-to-people ties are one of the most enduring partnerships in Asia. -- Charlene Favis

The enduring Filipino-American Friendship Day was celebrated July 4 with a three-part event to honor the people-to-people ties both nations have developed throughout the decades.

Filipinos and Americans led the laying of wreaths in key memorial sites honoring the Americans who helped shape and build the city.

These Americans are the late Maj. Lyman W. Kennon, whose wreath-laying rites were held by the Army Retirees Association-Cordillera, and Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the United States Army Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon; Arch. Daniel H. Burnham with his bust at Rose Garden led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and Office for Senior Citizen Affairs, Baguio Elderly Assembly, National Correspondents Club of Baguio, and Boy Scouts of the Philippines; and the site of the First Philippine Commission, Gov. Pack Road with the Veterans of Foreign War, Fleet Reserve Association, Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association, and Girl Scouts of the Philippines leading the rites.

The second part of the program held at Malcolm Square saw the recognition of several groups and highlighting America’s role in founding and developing Baguio City.

The Kultura-O-Rama, which was highlighted with various dance performances and song art forms, was held at the President Fidel V. Ramos Gymnasium.

The Federation of Baguio Senior Citizens Association, BARP Foundation, PGRA- Baguio Chapter, local musician Conrad Marzan, and the University of the Cordillera’s Saeng Ya Kasay Ensemble took center stage during the event.

The highlight of Kultura-O-Rama was the coronation and presentation of the Ginang Lakambini and Ginoong Lakan who honor and represent the Fil-Am Friendship Day.

Nursing student Rossalyn Anne Johnson was conferred the Ginang Lakambini while Stephen Loman, the Brave Combat Federation bantamweight world champion, was chosen as the Ginoong Lakan.

Baguio Rep. Mark Go represented by his wife, Soledad, together with Mayor Mauricio Domogan and other dignitaries, graced the occasions.


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