CEE Celebrates 75 Years of U.S.-Philippine Relations with “Philippines Matter to America” ​​Publication

Heather Variava, Acting Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, is joined by Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga and Under Secretary of the Department of Defense Cardozo Luna , at the launch of the EWC publication in Manila.


Manila, June 17, 2022—To celebrate 75 years of U.S.-Philippine relations, the East-West Center (EWC) launched the “Philippines Matters for America/America Matters for the Philippines” publication and website in Washington, D.C. on June 13 and in Manila on June 15. .

Produced by EWC with support from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, the publication and accompanying data visualizations highlight the deep historical and contemporary significance of the U.S.-Philippine relationship, with an analysis of economic, diplomatic and cultural ties at the national level. , state and local.

CEE President Suzanne Vares-Lum noted that the business, diplomacy, security, education and tourism statistics presented in the publication “paint a picture of the positive impact of the U.S.-Philippine relationship.” “. EWC Vice President Satu Limaye added that it also showed “the scope and depth of the relationship and cooperation between our two countries”.

“Although the challenges are different than they were 75 years ago, our countries are still working side by side,” said Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. “We stand firmly united in the Philippines and as we mark the culmination of the 75th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, the history of our cooperation as friends, partners and allies makes us extremely proud.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said there is no doubt that the Philippines matters to the United States and the United States matters to the Philippines. He added that the relationship between the two countries “has definitely stood the test of time and remains relevant in the face of new and emerging challenges.”

“As President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. told Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman during their recent meeting in Manila, the Philippines’ partnership with the United States ‘is not just a memory, but a part of us,’” said Ambassador Romualdez. “This is true not only in terms of our government-to-government relationship, but also in the close ties between our two peoples. This publication best summarizes the result of 75 long years of partnership in many areas such as politics and security, economy and people-to-people ties.

To view the publication, visit https://asiamattersforamerica.org/philippines/publications.

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