Briefer: Diplomatic relations between PH-USA

The recognition of the independence of the Philippines on July 4, 1946 marked the formal establishment of Philippine-U.S. bilateral relations. On that day, President Manuel Roxas and the first U.S. Ambassador Paul V. McNutt (who was the last U.S. High Commissioner) signed the Philippine-U.S. Treaty of General Relations, which came into force on October 22, 1946. The U.S. Military Bases Agreement was signed on March 14, 1947, and a Mutual Defense Treaty which is still in force was signed on August 30, 1951.

Speech of President Aquino at the Philippine Air Force Change of Command Ceremony, April 25, 2014

Sa nakalipas na halos apat na taon, nakamit natin ang positibong bunga ng ating mabuting pamamahala. Sa mga huling yugto ng ating termino, nawa’y patuloy tayong humakbang sa iisang direksyon. Tiwala ako sa patuloy na pakikibalikat ng Hukbong Himpapawid; sa walang pagod ninyong pagbabantay sa ating teritoryo, sa buong-giting ninyong pagprotekta sa ating kababayan mula sa masasamang elemento at anumang delubyo, at sa pakikihakbang ninyo upang gawing permanente ang tinatamasa nating malawakang transpormasyon sa lipunan.

Message of President Aquino to the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of the Philippines Inc. on the occasion of their 34th National Biennial Convention, April 25, 2014

Our young women play active roles in nurturing the communities, advancing the industries they serve, and sharing innovative ideas that elevate the hopes of our nation. May the YWCA continue to uphold Filipina welfare with programs that foster their personal development. By teaching them the right principles and inculcating in them the values that will make them good leaders, you are helping build the more robust, empowered Philippines that we rightfully deserve.

Message of President Aquino to the citizens of the Province of Aklan on the occasion of their province’s 58th Anniversary, April 25, 2014

Aklan is a historical province whose traditions have highlighted our rich, multifaceted culture and contributed significantly to our tourism sector. This event is a celebration of your involvement in the prudent utilization of our vibrant natural resources and in cultivating interest in the warm, welcoming character of our people. May this occasion allow you to express your pride of place, enabling friends, family, and guests to experience all that your localities have to offer.