Filipino-American Friendship Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Tuesday, July 4th. There are until the next observance.
Every year on July 4, Filipinos observe Filipino-American Friendship Day to commemorate their historical partnership with the United States. The two nations’ relationship began as hostile and progressed to amicable with the involvement of another power. Filipinos felt that the good they received from America outweighed the negative. They made the decision to commemorate their affinity with the country. Did you know that during WWII, America aided the Philippines in their struggle against the invading Japanese forces? Now you understand why their friendship is worth celebrating.
📆 When is Filipino-American Friendship Day?
This year, Filipino-American Friendship Day is on July 4th. It is the 1st Tuesday in July; in 2024, it is on Thursday.
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📜 History of Filipino-American Friendship Day
President Diosdado Macapagal then decided to relocate the Independence Day celebration to July 12 and designate July 4 as Philippine Republic Day instead. Correctly, Filipino-American Friendship Day is also known as “Republic Day.” Therefore, we might conclude that, at that moment, the day’s celebrations informally started. President Ramon Magsaysay issued a decree in 1955 establishing the commemoration of Philippine American Day with the goal of strengthening the bond between Filipinos and Americans. To commemorate Filipino-American Friendship Day, July 4 was designated a non-working holiday in 1984, under President Ferdinand Marcos’ administration. So, we can say that the first time Filipino-American Friendship Day was celebrated with its current name was in 1984.
President Corazon C. Aquino became the first female head of state of the Philippines in 1987 when President Marcos was overthrown. The day was no longer considered a non-working holiday. Under the Administrative Code of 1987, a list of special and ordinary holidays was made available; however, the Fourth of July was omitted. Despite this, the Philippines and the United States continue to have positive ties. For instance, the introduction of basketball to the nation occurred during American occupation, and today the nation is proud to have Asia’s first basketball league, which is also the second-oldest in the world after the American N.B.A.
☑️ Filipino-American Friendship Day facts
✅ National bird
The Monkey-Eating Eagle is the country’s national bird, and no, they don’t eat monkeys but rather medium-sized animals like pigs, snakes, and bats.
✅ Home to an iconic river
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is the longest underground river in the world. It is found in the Philippines.
✅ A distinct island
Camiguin Island is the only island on the planet with more volcanoes than settlements.
✨ Things to do on Filipino-American Friendship Day
⚡ Read up the history
There is no better way to comprehend the significance of the festival than to read about it. Open your history books and start reading.
⚡ Reach out to an American friend
Given the two nations’ lengthy histories, residents are likely to have contacts on both sides of the water. Today, call, text, or mail a friend in the United States. Reaffirm your friendship.
⚡ Take it online
Celebrate it using popular hashtags on social media. Remember to tag your friends.
📅 Filipino-American Friendship Day Observances
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