MEXICO celebrates its National Day today. This commemorates Grito de Dolores, an event in which Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called for the Mexican people to rise in 1810. On September 15, this is reenacted by the President of Mexico who rings the bell of the National Police in Mexico City and shouts out the names of national heroes and waves Mexico's flag. The national anthem is sung afterwards with a military parade commencing on the morning of September 16 every year.
Bilateral relationships between Mexico and the Philippines have been warm and friendly. Traditions and customs are almost similar between the two countries because both were colonies of Spain for several hundred years.
Although formal diplomatic ties were established only in 1953, the close ties between the peoples of the Philippines and Mexico began with the historic Miguel Lopez de Legazpi expedition, which sailed for the Philippines from Mexico in 1565.
Numerous agreements have been forged between Mexico and the Philippines in various areas such as air transport, cultural and academic agreements, technical-scientific cooperation for agriculture and tourism.
We greet the government and people of Mexico led by Their Excellencies, President Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa, Secretary of Government Alejandro Poire Romero, Secretary of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara Manzo, and its Embassy in the Philippines headed by H.E., Ambassador Tomas Javier Calvillo Unna, on the occasion of its National Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!