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Gov. Mapp Recognizes Contributions of Filipinos In Territory On Their Independence Day

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp recognized the Virgin Islands Filipino community in celebration of the 120th anniversary of Philippine Declaration of Independence on June 12, 2018.

“On this occasion, we recognize those of Filipino descent who call the U.S. Virgin Islands their home,” Governor Mapp said. “We thank them for their many contributions to the territory and to the global society as a whole.”

Every year, June 12 is commemorated as Philippine Independence Day. Led by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the Philippines achieved independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. June 12 became the country’s National Day in 1962.

Mapp said that he also recognizes Manuel Cristobal Ramos, founding member and honorary adviser to the thriving Filipino-Virgin Islands Association of St. Thomas-St. John who passed away on June 4, 2018. The governor said that he extends his deepest sympathies to Ramos’ family and friends and thanks him for his commitment to the Virgin Islands-Filipino community.

Ramos wore many hats in the organization, including president. He also worked as an environmentalist for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources in the Coastal Zone Management Division until his retirement in 2012.

Mapp encouraged all Virgin Islanders to join in this celebration and acknowledge the Filipino community as they commemorate 120 years of liberation.

The late Manuel Cristobal Ramos of St. Thomas

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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