MANILA, Philippines - The United States embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Wednesday (June 12) as the Philippines observes Independence Day.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sent his congratulations to the Filipinos on the 115th anniversary of the Philippine independence.
"The United States is proud of our rich history and enduring alliance with the Philippines, an important democracy and strategic partner in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region," he said.
"Today, our two countries enjoy ever-broadening cooperation on challenges from countering extremism to strengthening economic ties. Through our Partnership for Growth, we can help sustain the Philippines impressive economic growth and our joint efforts in the Open Government Partnership are advancing good governance, accountability, and vibrant civil societies."
The Embassy and its affiliated offices will resume their services on Thursday (June 13).