Philippine Independence Day Celebration: The Beginning and How it all started
1960s – Mid-80s
During the late 60s, the practice, following protocol, was to give only a reception for members of the diplomatic corps in celebration of Philippine Independence Day, with Ambassador Eduardo Quintero, then Philippine’s envoy to the Netherlands. Filipinos and Dutch friends and businessmen were invited by the ambassador to his home on that occasion. It was a small Community then, comprising mostly of scholars, around five Filipinas married to Dutch and a small group of nurses.
The organizer of the event, The COALITION consisting of Barangay sa Holland, Samahan of the Netherlands and United Filipino Dutch Association as member organizations, truly delivered its promise to make Picnic 2008 the best ever…being the 20th annual Indepedence Day Picnic held since the Picnic began in June 1988.
Based on 1200 cars/vans that passed the gate and at least 150 cars that parked outside the picnic area…. plus those who came by public transport…a record breaking attendance of approximately 7000 picnickers came to join the celebration at the sprawling Evenement Terrain of Spaarnwoude Park, coming from all corners ...
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