Philippine Week to be held at Xiamen University

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The Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen, in cooperation with the Faculty of International Relations and Research, School of Southeast Asia Studies, is pleased to announce that it is holding the Philippine Week at Xiamen University, on 29 May to 10 June 2010 at the Student Activity Center of Xiamen University.

Philippine Week will kick start the series of activities being organized by the Philippine Consulate General in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China in 2010.

Philippine Consul General in Xiamen, Hon. Raul S. Hernandez, in talking about the activity to Xiamen University officials said “we are thankful that the Philippines is able to partner with Xia Da in commemorating 35 years of exchanges between the Philippines and China.”

“I am inviting all interested students and teachers to attend the Philippine Week in Xiamen University to get to know more about our beautiful country the Philippines and about how our bilateral relations have developed in the past 35 years,” Consul General Hernandez added.

Philippine Week will start with the Lecture on Philippine Business and Tourism, to be held in the afternoon of Saturday, 29 May 2009 at the Multifunction Hall, 2nd Floor Student Activity Center of Xiamen University at 2 to 5 p.m.

The lecture will feature prominent personalities to speak on the trade and tourism in the Philippines. Speakers include Ambassador Francis Chua, Special Envoy of the President to China and President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Robert Kuan, President of the Board of Trustees St. Luke’s Medical Center, Mr. Hans Sy, President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; and Mr. Hoi Kuen Wong, Market Representative for South China of the Philippine Department of Tourism.

Also in the afternoon of 29 May, a photo exhibit entitled “Enriching a Shared Heritage” will be inaugurated. The exhibit is a photographic celebration of the rich cultural, political, economic and people-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and China from ancient times to present. It will be on display at the lobby of the Student Activity Center from 29 May to 10 June.

According to Consul General Hernandez, “the Philippines and China are ancient friends and several aspects of our culture, history and even aspirations for the future are shared and are in harmony.”

The Consul General said that he is really excited at this opportunity to invite the youth of China and China’s future leaders and talk about Philippines-China relations, adding, “as old friends, the Philippines values China as one of its closest and most important partners in the region and the whole international community. In the past 35 years this valued friendship has become more mature, confident, multi-faceted and mutually beneficial.” END.

The Philippines and China will are celebrating 35 years of diplomatic ties. But Philippines-China exchanges have been going on for the better part of one millennium and both countries are thus “more than friends.” Several aspects of Philippine and Chinese culture, history and even aspirations for the future are shared and are in harmony.

Consul General Raul H. Hernandez, a career diplomat, is the 5th Philippine Consul General in Xiamen. The Philippines opened the first foreign diplomatic office in Xiamen in 1995, which was later followed by Singapore and then Thailand. In speaking about the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Philippines-China relations, Consul General Hernandez says that “as old friends, the Philippines values China as one of its closest and most important partners in the region and the whole international community. In the past 35 years this valued friendship has become more mature, confident, multi-faceted and mutually beneficial.”
Speakers for the Lecture on Philippine Business and Tourism:

Mr. Francis Chua, a Filipino of Chinese descent, is currently President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is also presently serving as a Special Envoy of the President for China for Trade and Investments.

Mr. Robert Kuan, a Filipino of Chinese descent, is a successful businessman and sits as the President of the Board of Trustees of the St. Luke’s Medical Center, one of the Philippines’ top hospitals with world-class medical facilities and expertise.

Mr. Hans Sy, a Filipino of Chinese descent, is President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. the largest retailer and shopping mall operator in the Philippines. The Sy family’s business interests also include banking.

Mr. Wong Hoi Kuen from Hong Kong is the Market Representative of the Philippine Department of Tourism for Hong Kong, Macau and South China. Mr. Hong is a very strong proponent of Philippine tourism and believes that the Chinese still have much more to learn about the Philippines, a land abounding in beauty and natural treasures.

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