File #: 210534    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/27/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/27/2021
Title: Recognizing and Celebrating the 2021 Philippine Independence Week Celebration from June 5th to June 20th.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson
Attachments: 1. Signature21053400
Recognizing and Celebrating the 2021 Philippine Independence Week Celebration from June 5th to June 20th.

WHEREAS, This year will mark the 123rd Anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898, establishing the first constitutional democracy in Asia. This came on the heels of a successful revolution against oppressive Spanish rule which was capped by an American victory in the Battle of Manila Bay of May 1898 and the Treaty of Paris in December of the same year, which transferred control of the Philippines from Spanish to American control; and

WHEREAS, The United States and Philippines fought together in the Pacific during World War II to defend democratic principles. In 1946, the Republic of the Philippines was granted full independence by the United States, and the two nations have remained friends and allies ever since; and

WHEREAS, Today, Filipino Americans account for the second-largest population of Asian Americans in the country; and

WHEREAS, About 4 million Filipino Americans continue to maintain their rich heritage by celebrating their culture and traditions, enhancing both the quality of their lives and the lives of all Americans, including over 30,000 Filipino Americans in the greater Philadelphia region; and

WHEREAS, Filipino Americans in the greater Philadelphia area supplement the City's strong cultural diversity and contribute to the local economy in a wide range of professional fields including education, medicine, and engineering; and

WHEREAS, This year's celebrations of the 123rd Anniversary of Philippine Independence will be hosted by the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia. Events will include a flag raising and proclamations on board the USS Olympia at Penn's Landing on June 5th at 10:30 a.m. and a Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall on June 11th at noon. All Philadelphians are welcome and encouraged to join their Filipino American friends and nei...

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