Manila, Philippines – Today is the National Day of Madagascar. It commemorates its independence from France on this day in 1960. colorful festivals are celebrated in the streets with many tourists visiting this island nation during that time. There are also many contests in which the locals participate, particularly eating and drinking competitions.
The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. A wide variety of plants, and culture in Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world. Notable animal species which are endemic in Madagascar are lemurs, fossa and some birds.
During the first half of the 19th century, the Merina ruler and the British Governor of Mauritius concluded a treaty abolishing the slave trade. In 1883, the French invaded Madagascar in what became known as the first Franco-Hova War, which sought to restore property that had been confiscated from French citizens. Seventy five years later, the Malagasy Republic was proclaimed on October 14, 1958, as an autonomous state within the French Community. A constitution was adopted in 1959 and full independence was achieved by the Republic on June 26, 1960.
Main economic contributors to Madagascar’s economy are the agricultural and manufacturing sectors which account for 29% and 15% of its Gross Domestic Product, respectively. The other sources of the country’s economic growth are tourism and the extractive industries.
We congratulate the people and government of Madagascar led by Their Excellencies, President Andry Rajoelina, Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky, Economy and Industry Vice Prime Minister Pierrot Botozaza, Development and Planning Vice Prime Minister Hajo Herivelona, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yvette Sylla, on the occasion of its National Day. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabanes, and Officers, wish them the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!
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