BAGUIO CITY, July 23 (PIA) -- Ambassador Sung Kim hosted a cocktail party to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of independence of the United States of America at the Ambassador’s Residence in this mountain resort over the weekend.
In his talk, Ambassador Kim acknowledged the partnership of the US and the Philippines, and the significance of celebrating it in the city which is a ‘great place where personal ties are strong as ever, where culture interweaves in an economy that is robust and expanding.’
He said he considers Baguio as his favorite place and ‘home’ in the Philippines.
In an impromptu press conference with local media, Kim revealed that a total of P1.6 billion from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds was given to the war- torn Marawi City for its reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Banking on the history of Baguio City, Art Tibaldo of the Cordillera News Agency forwarded the possibility of the historic Kennon Road rehabilitated through financial assistance of the US government since it was built by American Colonel Lyman Kennon.
Baguio City became a chartered city during the US rule and made the summer capital of the Philippines. Camp John Hay where the Ambassador’s Residence is located, used to be a military reservation for the US Army. The city was designed by Architect Daniel Burnham, and Justice George Malcolm authored the law making Baguio as chartered city.
Local government officials, representatives from civic organizations, the academe, police and media were invited to the occasion. (PIA CAR)