Did You Know: Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day
Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day is observed every June 30 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 9187 signed on Feb. 5, 2003.
On June 30, 1899, then President Emilio Aguinaldo commended the besieged Spanish soldiers in the Church of Baler for their bravery and issued a decree stating that they should be considered friends and not enemies.
The Spanish soldiers were given safe passage to return home.
RA 9187 commemorates the cultural and historical ties, friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and Spain. —Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
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