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Member of Congress

7th District, Washington

Dear Friends,

Greetings to all gathered for the 28th annual Pagdiriwang to commemorate the 116th Anniversary of the Philippines’ Declaration of Independence from Spain. I consider myself privileged to be a part of today’s ceremony at the Seattle Center.


Pagdiriwang presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the history and celebrate the vibrant culture of the Filipino people. Through historical exhibits, traditional music, dance, martial arts, culinary arts, and literature, we will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Philippines and for Filipino-Americans.


For their efforts to organize this wonderful event, I would like to express my gratitude to the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washinton.


I extend my best wishes, and hope that this event is a resounding success.

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