Read the official statement of Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga for the upcoming Philippine Independence Day:
On June 12th, Canadians of Filipino descent will celebrate the 117th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence. It marks the first time that the flag that brings us such pride was flown as a symbol of our united intent of being one country of many peoples. It is a day that is celebrated all around the world by our diaspora, and it stands as a reminder of the freedom for which our forefathers fought, and the freedom that we, kababayans in Canada, are fortunate to have.
This important day is a great time to celebrate the strong ties that our two nations share that were further strengthened during the official State Visit to Canada by His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. We can also celebrate the increasing people-to-people ties and highlight our growing trade relations. The recent trade mission I participated in, led by Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, to the Philippines, proved the strong economic links we have and the potential for further trade between our countries. It is also a day to celebrate the significant economic, social and cultural contributions that Filipinos make to Canada.
The strong presence of Filipino-Canadians in civic life is testament to our tireless efforts of participating in the democratic process, and we are seeing an increasing number of kababayans in all levels of government. I am truly encouraged by the already confirmed candidates for the upcoming federal elections, and I hope that we will see more before we go to the polls. We should be proud of all of our achievements.
As in the years since my appointment to the Senate of Canada, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony held on Parliament Hill on June 11, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to mark this special day.
On behalf of the Senate of Canada, I wish you all a happy Independence Day. Maligayang araw ng kalayaan sa inyong lahat!