Manila, Philippines – Venezuela celebrates its Independence Day today.
Located at the north end of the South American continent, Venezuela has enormous potential for development and investment. The country’s strategic proximity to Latin American and Caribbean markets and its relatively short distance from North America and Europe making it an ideal place for international business operation. It has a long tradition in the production and export of petroleum and gas products, and Venezuela’s proven hydrocarbon reserves are among the largest in the world.
Venezuela’s struggle for independence started in 1810 when the Spanish Governor and Captain General was unseated by the Caracas Municipal Council and reached its peak on July 5, 1811, when independence was formally declared and the First Venezuelan Republic was established.
The Philippines and Venezuela enjoy warm bilateral relations. On April 8, 2011, Senator Franklin M. Drilon called on Venezuelan National Assembly President Luis Fernando Soto Rojas at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas. The two officials discussed and exchanged views on their respective legislatures and areas of mutual interest.
We congratulate the government and people of Venezuela led by Their Excellencies President Hugo Chavez Frias, Executive Vice President Elias Jaua Milano, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolas Maduro Moros, and Minister of Tourism Alejandro Fleming, and their Embassy in the Philippines headed by Charge d’Affaires Yelitza Ventura Polanco, on the occasion of its Independence 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 all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!