I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to Canadians of Filipino descent as you commemorate the 114th anniversary of Philippine independence. A nation’s history is a bond that unites generations. As you mark Philippine Independence Day, your community can celebrate its unique place in two national stories.
The path to independence for the Philippines was long and difficult. With great resolve, spirit and initiative, the Filipino people fought for freedom. This is an occasion to take pride in that achievement and the strong bonds between our countries.
Canada and the Philippines have developed close ties of cooperation, trade and friendship. Our bilateral relations are continually strengthened by the nearly 500,000 Canadians who trace their roots to the Philippines. The community is making valuable contributions to our country’s prosperity in every field of endeavour. I am pleased to salute your efforts on this special day.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, please accept my best wishes for a most enjoyable and memorable celebration.