July 4th No Longer a Holiday in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ President Corazon Aquino has scrapped July 4, Filipino-American Friendship Day, as a national holiday in the Philippines, her spokesman said today.
Although the Philippines was granted autonomy by the United States on July 4, 1946, the country moved its independence day celebration to June 12 in 1962 to honor the 1898 declaration, by Filipino revolutionaries, of independence from Spain.
Despite opposition from nationalist groups, the country continued observing July 4 as a holiday until this year.
″July 4 is no longer a holiday,″ presidential press secretary Teodoro Benigno told reporters after today’s weekly Cabinet meeting. ″The president said we are friends, the U.S. and the Philippines, but we don’t need to have a holiday for it.″