Philippines, Spain celebrate years of strong friendship

The Philippines and Spain are celebrating years of strong bilateral relations. This year marks 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day with theme “Transitions, Trade and Transpacific Changes.” Since 2003, Philippine-Spanish relations are celebrated on June 30 of every year through a series of activities especially in Baler and Spain.

Members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the business sector and officials from the country’s cultural agencies are expected to arrive in Baler to witness and participate in the celebrations.

The 13th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day also coincides with the 116th anniversary of the historic Siege of Baler, where Filipino and Spanish soldiers demonstrated their valor, nobility and shared humanity, even during conflict.

Economic data shows Spain ranks as the Philippines’ 28th largest trading partner with total bilateral trade amounting to $329.6 million in 2011.

“The bilateral trade between Philippines and Spain has been on the upswing over the years, and we are optimistic that this will continue to expand. Our deep-rooted ties with Spain gives us an enormous advantage over other countries in terms of potential trade and investment opportunities,” Senator Sonny Angara said.