The Annual Fil-Am Friendship Day is slated, despite tropical storms which may affect the festivities, for Saturday July 5 at Redwing Park in Virginia Beach.
20-25 local organizations will set up on the perimeter of the park, a large performance tent and stage will be the attraction epicenter for local talent as well as celebrities from ABS-CBN (please see promotional flyer) and a plethora of vendors will be visible to sell their food and products.
One of the main sponsors is Farm Fresh and they will provide food and refreshments free of charge to guests all day (or until supplies last).
A parade featuring the Fil-Am organizations and other participants will commence at 9:30 am.
Fil-Am Friendship Day was designated by President Fidel V. Ramos to celebrate the liberation of the country by Filipino and American forces from the Japanese occupation near the end of World War II.
Some historians cite to the “Philippine Independence Act” or “Tydings-McDuffie Act” from 1934 in which the structure for a “Commonwealth” government in the Philippines and set the timetable for the independence of the Philippines was to be exercised from the United States. This was made official on July 4, 1946 and in 1935, the Constitution of the Philippines declared July 4, 1946 as the liberation of the Philippines. This was also recognized the U.S. upon the signing of the “Treaty of General Relations” between the U.S and the Philippines. (Internet search)
President Diosdado Macapagal, via Republic Act 4166 (August 4, 1964), declared June 12 as “independence day” from more than 300 years of oppression and servitude to Spain as June 12, 1898 and declared July 4 as “Philippine Republic Day”. (Wikipedia)
Special Thanks to Council of Fil-Am Friendship Day for the use of promotional ad for this piece.