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An Opinion Essay: The Significance of the Return of the Balangiga Bells with regard to US-Philippines Relations

February 3, 2019 An Opinion Essay by Ambassador John D. Negroponte Co-chair, US-Philippines Society Washington, D.C. A foreign affairs retrospective on the past year would do well to include an event that merits special recognition – an overdue gesture that quietly ended more than a century of rancor between the …

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Washington Forum Highlights Historical Perspective and Significance of Balangiga Bells Return

Washington, D.C. – The US-Philippines Society and the Philippine Embassy co-hosted a forum on the “Return of the Balangiga Bells: A Historical Perspective and Significance” at the Philippine Chancery Annex on 22 January 2019. The forum brought together a set of renowned speakers who contributed significantly to the effort of …

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Jan 22 | Forum on the Return of the Balangiga Bells: A Historical Perspective and Significance

The US-Philippines Society and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines invite you to a forum on the return of the Balangiga Bells featuring Amb Jose Manuel G. Romualdez and a panel of experts. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM EST 4:30 PM Check-in 4:45 PM …

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Commentary by Ambassador Sung Kim: Returning the bells

COMMENTARY Returning the bells By: US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim – December 12, 2018 Yesterday, a US Air Force plane bearing three historic bells from San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga landed at Villamor Air Base. These bells were taken 117 years ago; it was my honor …

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Speech of President Rodrigo Duterte During the Turnover of Balangiga Bells

Presidential Communications Operations Office Presidential News Desk Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte During the Turnover of the Balangiga Bells Delivered at Balangiga Auditorium, Balangiga, Eastern Samar, 15 December 2018 Kindly sit down. I was given a choice whether I would give a talk or not. But considering the emotional …

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Returning the Bells of Balangiga

On December 11, 2018, at the direction of Secretary James Mattis, the U.S. Department of Defense turned over the three Balangiga bells to the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines at Villamor Air Base, Manila. On Saturday, December 15, the DND turned over the bells to San Lorenzo …

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Unveiling of Markers at Old Philippine Chancery, l-r: Chair Dr. Rene Escalante, Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Executive Director Hank Hendrickson, November 9, Washington DC.
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Old Philippine Embassy Chancery Historical Landmark Designation

November 9, 2018 Remarks by Hank Hendrickson Executive Director, US-Philippines Society Thank you and Good afternoon, Ambassador Romualdez, Chairman Escalante, Acting Director Bhalla, friends from the Embassy, members of the US-Philippines Society, and distinguished guests, including the honorable Michael Klecheski and Richard Blackwood of the State Department. On behalf of …

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Nov 9: Unveiling of Marker at the Old Philippine Chancery as a Philippine Historical Landmark

November 9, 2018, Friday 3:30 PM  The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines is proud to announce that its Old Chancery Building has been designated as a Philippine National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines A Ceremony to Unveil the Historical Marker will take place …

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Lansdale Biography Details Effective Cooperation in Responding to Post-WWII Philippine Insurgency

Washington, D.C. – At an October 3 book presentation, “A Quiet American: Edward Lansdale in the Philippines and Vietnam,” best-selling author and foreign policy analyst Max Boot gave an overview of the career and personal life of Edward Lansdale, a famed operative who pioneered a “hearts and minds” approach to …

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“Bamboo Whispers” Promotes Philippine Mangyan Tradition to DC Audience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US-Philippines Society, Sentro Rizal Washington DC and Mangyan Heritage Center jointly hosted the event, “Bamboo Whispers: A Peek into the Filipino Soul” featuring the first overseas launch of the book entitled, “Bamboo Whispers, Poetry of the Mangyan”, at the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex on September 19, …

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