Costa Rica celebrates its Independence Day on September 15 to mark the day in 1821 when the country, along with four other Central American nations, gained freedom from Spanish rule. Celebrations start on the eve of Independence Day with a parade of faroles or lanterns. The faroles tradition is traced back to 1821 when a woman named Doña Dolores Bedoya de Molina set on foot in Guatemala on the evening of Guatemala’s Independence Day, carrying a lantern and bearing the message of freedom.
Located in Central America, Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua in the north, and Panama in the southeast, with the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Caribbean Sea in the east. Ecuador is just south of Cocos Island, a national park off Costa Rica. San José, its capital and largest city, has Spanish colonial buildings. The ornate, neoclassical National Theatre of Costa Rica is a popular venue for gatherings. San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation.
In April, 2017, a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Costa Rica was opened when Philippine Ambassador to Mexico Eduardo A. de Vega presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to Costa Rica to President Luis Guillermo Solis. President Solis acknowledged the presence of Filipino overseas workers in Costa Rica and expressed his appreciation for their contribution to the Costa Rican economy. Costa Rica has a consulate general office in Makati City.
We greet the people and government of the Republic of Costa Rica, led by President Luis Guillermo Solis, on the occasion of its 196th Independence Day anniversary.