Philippine-British Friendship day for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Thursday, October 20th. There are until the next observance.

The Philippine-British Friendship Day, observed on October 20 each year, was founded in the year 2000 to honor, reinforce, and promote the two nations’ strong connection. The observance of this day was moved from December 7 to October 20 when the then-President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, issued Proclamation No. 1592 on August 20, 2008. Peter Beckingham, the then-UK Ambassador to the Philippines, campaigned for the date modification. The date was adjusted to coincide with the opening of the new British Embassy in Taguig City’s McKinley Hill.

📆 When is Philippine-British Friendship day?

This year, Philippine-British Friendship day is on October 20th. It is the 3rd Thursday in October; in 2023, it is on Friday.

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Did you know: The National Health Service (N.H.S. ), which provides public healthcare in the United Kingdom, employs around 22,000 Filipinos.

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📜 History of Philippine-British Friendship day

During the early 16th century, the two countries developed trading ties. The British took Manila and the port of Cavite between 1762 and 1764. This occupation, however, was quickly ended as part of the peace treaty that was concluded during the Seven Years’ War. In 1946, the United Kingdom and the Philippines started building a long, strong, and useful relationship with ambassadors.

There were just 18,000 Filipinos in the United Kingdom in 1896, which was a relatively tiny figure. It grew to almost 250,000 people in 2010. The majority of Filipinos work in a number of fields, including education, engineering, aviation, catering, and medicine.

☑️ Philippine-British Friendship day facts

Chevening Scholarship Scheme
The British embassy in Manila has been giving talented Filipino students full scholarships, such as the Chevening Scholarship, to study in the United Kingdom.

A major investor
Britain is highly involved in the Philippines’ growth and development, trailing only Singapore as the top investor as of 2021.

The U.K is smaller in size
The Philippines is almost 23% larger in area than the United Kingdom.

Things to do on Philippine-British Friendship day

Learn the history
You may discover more about the Philippines’ history here. You may also look at the country’s previous connections with the United Kingdom.

Visit the Philippines
The greatest way to celebrate is to go to the Philippines. You may also see the formal celebrations that take place on this day.

Share on social media
Sharing the amazing connection on social media is a great way to commemorate this day. To raise awareness, you might discuss the nations’ shared history and friendships.

📅 Philippine-British Friendship day Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2023 October 20 Friday
2024 October 20 Sunday
2025 October 20 Monday
2026 October 20 Tuesday
2027 October 20 Wednesday

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