Philippines-Japan Friendship Park Marks 40th Anniversary on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

 

Lord Takayama, Symbol of Philippine-Japanese Friendship, Guarding the DMCI Equipment Yard
Lord Takayama, Symbol of Philippine-Japanese Friendship, Guarding the DMCI Equipment Yard

But Will Plaza Dilao Still Be There?

Plaza Dilao Is Now the Equipment Dump of DMCI, Builder of Skyway-3.

The Plaza Dilao Project, funded by popular subscriptions from Japanese cities, chambers of commerce, breakfast prayer-groups, and Catholic and Protestant churches in Japan — with land and labor donated by the City of Manila — was inaugurated as “The Philippines-Japan Friendship Park” on Nov. 17, 1977.
In brief, Nov. 17, 2017 marks:
►FORTIETH (40th) anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Park at Plaza Dilao in 1977.
►25th (Silver) Anniversary of the proclamation of the Takayama Memorial as a National Monument by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Nov. 17, 1992.
►425th year of the founding of the “Dilao” settlement in 1592 as the first Japantown (“nihon-machi”) in the Philippines. The Japantown was resettled in its fourth and present site (in front of the Paco Railway Station) only in 1762. Plaza Dilao has been located in its present spot for 255 years!
►ELEVENTH (11th) year of Plaza Dilao as ONE of Manila’s five Freedom Parks.
All these are great milestones in the history of the Philippines and Japan!

At 10:00 AM (Friday) – Laying of Flowers at the Pedestal of the Takayama Memorial. ◘

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