BALER, AURORA – The Inter-Agency Committee for the Philippine – Spanish Friendship Day celebration will lead the commemoration of the 117th Anniversary of the Siege of Baler (14th Philippine – Spanish Friendship Day) on 5 July 2016, 8:00 a.m. at Plaza de Baler, Aurora.

Guests of Honor are Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan for the Philippine side, and Embassy of Spain Charge d’ Affaires Guillermo Escribano for the Spanish side who will lead in the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies.  They will be joined by Sen. Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Congresswoman Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chair Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno.

Other attendees include members of the diplomatic corps, officials from the Provincial Government of Aurora and the Municipal Government of Baler.

The Philippine Spanish Friendship Day was established by Republic Act No. 9187 of July 22, 2002, as a means to strengthen the relationship between two nations that share history, values and traditions.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums, research and publication, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.