Today, the people and government of Algeria commemorate the Algerian War of Independence against France that began on November 1, 1954, and lasted till March 19, 1962. This National Day is also known as Toussaint Rouge (Red All-Saints’ Day). It is different from the one that they observe annually on July 5, which marks the day when they gained freedom and sovereignty from French rule in 1962. Algerian National Day is marked with speeches from key political figures, rallies, parades, and cultural events. The day is an opportunity for Algerians to spend time with their family and friends.
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is a country in north Africa located on the Mediterranean. Bordering it are Tunisia in the northeast, Libya in the east, Niger in the southeast, Mali and Mauritania in the southwest, and Morocco in the west. Algeria derives its name from the country’s largest and oldest continuous settlement and modern capital city of Algiers. Algiers is a strategically located port city and is often referred to as the “gateway” between Europe and the Middle East. It constitutes an important economic, commercial, and financial center.
The influences of various empires on Algeria are evident in its architectural landscape. They include the Ottoman landmarks of the 1612 Ketchaoua Mosque, the ancient Roman ruins in Tipaza, and the Neo-Byzantine Notre Dame d’Afrique Catholic basilica which dates to the time of the French rulers.
A significant number of Filipinos are employed in Algeria with which the Philippines enjoys warm and friendly relations. The Philippine embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has concurrent jurisdiction over Algeria and seven other countries.
We congratulate the government and people of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria led by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on the occasion of its 63rd National Day Anniversary.
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