July 4th, 2020 – Independence day in the USA

HAPPY JULY 4TH INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Independence day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating July 4th, 1776, when the US became independent from England, it is like America’s birthday. On that day, Americans may spend time on parades during the daytime and gather to watch magnificent fireworks when it gets dark.

The custom of shooting off fireworks on Independence Day can be traced back to a quote by our second president, John Adams. He said that he believed that July 4th should “be celebrated by pomp and parade with shows, games, sports, guns, bell, bonfires and illuminations”.

American is a multi-ethnic country with White, Black, and Asian people from many different cultures, that must be the reason why Americans kick up their heels in many different ways, we can open a concert or play baseball, etc. but most people go to picnics and barbeques. It also the day for showing our patriot pride, so it is common to see American flag and people dressed in red, white, and blue.

USA now have to face a big disaster because of Covid-19 pandemic, so every single American citizens need to protect ourselves and our family.

MANILA DAY – June 26th, 2020

June is probably a month giving Filipinos a lot of emotions, because not long ago we just celebrated the National Day of June 12, the founding of Bacolod City on June 18, and today we once again welcome the founding day of the capital city of Manila (June 24), the Philippines.

Manila is the second largest city in the Philippines and also the capital of the Philippines. Manila has always been one of the most densely populated cities in the world with 14,800 people/km2 (2017). Manila today is not only considered a major commercial center of the country but also as the leading tourist destination of the country Philippines.

Despite the influence of many past invasions, Manila has risen and has had the present appearance. Here are some features of the formation history of Manila:

  • Manila was formerly a settlement of Muslims in the late 16th century. In 1571, Manila was conquered by Spanish conquerors, who destroyed the settlement and built the walled fortress city Intramuros, becoming the capital of the colony at the same time. Later, Manila spread out of the walls and extended to the north, east, and south, linked together through churches that were built during the Spanish colonial period.
  • At different times, Manila was always the target of invasion by foreign forces, such as: China invaded in 1574, Netherlands raided in the middle of the 17th century, in 1762 was occupied by the British and then the renaissance of Spanish colonialists.
  • Manila was also the center of the struggle against Spanish colonialism in the 1890s. After the Spanish defeat to the US, Manila became the US government headquarters of the Philippines.
  • Manila under the American period developed both socially and economically, American policy also encouraged the gradual autonomy of the Philippines, and Manila became a major trading and tourist center.
  • World War II broke out, Manila was occupied by Japan in 1942 and then regained American sovereignty in 1945.
  • In 1946, Manila City became the capital of the Philippines, but due to the impact of the war, the government chose Quezon as the nation’s new capital since 1948. However, by 1976, Manila again became the capital and the permanent seat of the nation government.

Through historical events, we can understand why Manila is considered “the city of the past and the modern”. Thanks to that, today, Manila is always a large tourist attraction around the world.

Congratulations to Manila day!

MEMORIAL DAY – 25/05/2020

The last second Monday of May has become a day to honor and commemorate the heroes who died in the army. On this day, Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials, Scouts will march around the graveyard area along with military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Everyone will clean and decorate the graves, at the same time, they will put on a branch of red poppies or place the national flags.

The first Memorial Day was known in 1868 but it was declared in 1971 by the National Assembly as a national holiday. For more than 150 years, this day has become a special and indispensable milestone of the United States. This year’s Memorial Day takes place on May 25th.

This is an opportunity to express gratitude for the dedication and great sacrifices of heroes and soldiers engraved in history as an immortal epic, an occasion to commemorate the dead in Journey to fight for the Fatherland, the elite warriors have always stayed on the battlefield.

WORLDSTEEL Welcome International Labor Day 01/05

May begins with the International Labor Day, also known as International Workers’ Day in some countries, is a national, public holiday in many countries across the world. This is not just an occasion to honor the achievements of labourers and the working classes, but also an occasion for all employees to rest and take a break after a period of hard work. 

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