The American Chamber Mindanao was glad to see the honored guests and colleagues, as well as many friends, who accepted its invitation to join the Philippine American Friendship Day celebration on July 4.
Councilor April Marie Dayap was guest of Honor, who delivered a Message of the City as official representative of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
July 4 is also the Independence Day of the United States, the national day of the Americans. There was a time in the past when Filipinos celebrated the 4th of July also as its Independence Day. It started in 1946.
Indonesian Consul-General Berlian Napitupulu led the diplomatic corps which included Hon. Consul of Germany Klaus Doring and Wife Rossana, Hon. Consul of Korea Edgar Ang, Hon. Consul of Mexico Ma. Lourdes Monteverde and husband Dr. Tomas III, and Hon. Consul of New Zealand Vicente Lao, and former Consul of Japan Tomoko Dodo.
Also in attendance were Canadian Chamber Pres. Nilo Claudio, European Chamber Pres. Antonio Peralta, Edge Davao publisher, journalist John Tria and Davao City Chamber past President Jose Custodio.
It celebrated July 4th as Filipino-American Friendship Day to highlight the enduring relations between the Philippines and the United States. Various factors have strengthened these ties, among them a shared history and a common commitment to democratic values.
The commemoration of the 4th of July is also meant to remind the Filipinos and the Americans of the two countries’ long-standing friendship.
AmCham was grateful to its board members and to those who so generously helped in making the event come together successfully. Among them, Marco Polo GM Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Panorama Summit Hotel CEO Fides Castañeda and Maer Summit Konstrukt managing director Dino Mae Suelto.
Everybody enjoyed the fellowship that AmCham Asst. Secretary Ross Luga hosted. And all guests went home with a bottle of red wine, compliments of AmCham Mindanao.