Mayor Rahm Emanuel today welcomed His Excellency, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III of the Republic of the Philippines to Chicago. Mayor Emanuel and President Aquino met to discuss economic and cultural relations between Chicago and the Philippines.
“It is my privilege to welcome President Aquino to the City of Chicago, especially during Asian American Heritage Month,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I look forward to working with the delegation to continue developing economic and cultural ties between Chicago and the Philippines. Chicago is the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States and I am deeply proud of our vibrant Filipino community.”
President Aquino is the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines and has been in public service since 1998. During his visit to Chicago, His Excellency will meet with business leaders, tour Chicago, and will have dinner with the Filipino-American community later this evening.
Filipinos are the 4th largest ethnicity currently immigrating to the Chicago metro area. Additionally, Illinois has the third highest number of Filipinos or Filipinos with multiracial ancestry in the country. The influence of Filipino culture on Chicago can be found in institutions such as the Field Museum of Natural History, which houses 10,000 Filipino artifacts in an exhibit called, “10,000 Kwentos,” meaning 10,000 Stories. Some of the artifacts in the collection were donated by soldiers from the Philippine-American War. Last month, the State Street Bridge in Chicago was dedicated as The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge to honor Chicagoans and other veterans who fought in the Philippines during World War II. Additionally, the award-winning “Wild Reef” exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium is modeled after the coral reefs in the Philippines.
Photos Caption 1- 2: Mayor Emanuel welcomes his Excellency, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III of The Republic of The Philippines
Photo Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago