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US’ 4th of July bash is all about ‘friends, partners, allies’

Ambassador Sung Kim talked about the shared values and sacrifices of Filipinos and Americans
/ 05:05 AM July 24, 2018

US Ambassador Sung Kim

US Immigrant Visa Unit chief Rafael Perez, Masma Gritsenko

The Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La was packed recently for the 242nd Independence Day celebration of the United States. The theme revolved around “Friends, Partners, Allies.”

Since the 4th of July is not only American Independence Day but also Philippine-American Friendship Day, US Ambassador Sung Kim talked about the shared values and sacrifices of Filipinos and Americans.

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US deputy chief of mission Michael Klecheski, Eloisa Klecheski

Foreign Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano, in his speech, affirmed the strong ties between the two countries.

The reception was well-attended by the diplomatic and consular communities, along with prominent personalities from the government, business and cultural groups. —CONTRIBUTED

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Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Antonio Trillanes

France Ambassador Nicolas Galey, Romania chargé d’affaires Mihai Sion, New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan

Crown Philippines country manager Luis Contreras , Canada Ambassador John Holmes, Netherlands Ambassador Marion Derckx, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Julian Payne

Foreign Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano, dean of the diplomatic corps Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, US Ambassador Sung Kim

US consul general Russel Brown, John Hill

Erika Kim and Jae-eun Chung, wife of Ambassador Sung Kim

Panama Ambassador Rolando Guevara Alvarado, Lais do Amaral of Brazil, former Gov. Chavit Singson

Senior Supt. Al Martinez, NCRPO director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, Senior Supt. Gregorio Lim, Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo

Judy Roxas, Armin Luistro,Nene Quimson, Conchitina Bernardo

Juan, Tyler, Chris, Joey, Zac—officers of the US Army

Guatemala Consul Mellie Ablaza, Jimmy Laya, Angola Consul Helen Ong

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