A proclamation signing ceremony was held in Adelup where Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed the Philippine Independence Month proclamation.
According to the proclamation, Guam and the Philippines have a shared historical and cultural connection and the bonds of friendship and brotherhood remain strong to this day.
In addition, the proclamation stated that Filipinos through the years have contributed significantly to the island of Guam and made outstanding achievements in various fields.
These fields include government service, military service, business, culture, the arts, education, and non-profit organizations.
Attending the ceremony was Philippine Consul General Marciano De Borja and members of the Filipino Community of Guam.
The Philippine Consul General said the theme for this year’s celebration is “Independence 2019: Courage of the Nation, Compassion for the People.”
De Borja encouraged Filipinos to remember and honor their revolutionary forefathers who fought, sacrificed and died for freedom, breaking the chains of colonialism and bringing forth the first independent, democratic republic in Asia.
In her proclamation, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence is an occasion to further deepen the resolve to bring about positive change in Guam as Guamanians join Filipinos here on Guam and around the world in commemorating the birth of their nation.
The governor added: “Let us celebrate the legacy of a great people who have valiantly fought for and upheld the ideals of freedom and democracy.”