THE Embassy of the People’s Republic of China recently hosted an online gathering for recipients of the Chinese Ambassador Scholarships from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Philippine Normal University (PNU).
Around 40 faculty members and students from both universities, led by UP-Diliman Chancellor Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo and PNU President Dr. Bert J. Tuga, graced the special day hosted by the embassy on November 18. Both relayed their gratitude to Ambassador Huang Xilian in their remarks.
Dr. Nemenzo believes UP will help in mutually constructing a win-win relationship between both countries. He thanked the embassy for the scholarships, which he said “creates a new generation of leaders who are imbued with a healthy view of the relations between the two countries.”
For his part, Dr. Tuga acknowledged the commitment of the embassy in linking with scholars beyond the walls of their universities: “The scholarship…will not only impact individuals, but also schools and learners that every PNU graduate will serve in the future.”
Two scholarship recipient-representatives provided special speeches of appreciation. One of them, third-year UP student Jerica Malliah Fonacier, said: “My heart is overflowing with thanks, and I feel so fortunate to have been selected as the recipient of this honor. Your generosity will allow me and my fellow students to pursue our dreams and for that, I cannot thank you enough.”
Harold Bumanglag of PNU shared, “This scholarship program, aside from charity, is implying to us the values of mutual respect, understanding and cooperation [that open avenues] to promote common good, social responsibility and innovative thinking.”
‘Make positive contributions’
HUANG congratulated the scholars for their excellent performance and achievements, then expressed his appreciation to the universities’ faculty members for their efforts and support. He said he hopes the scholars would grow as channels for closer exchanges and mutual learning between the Philippines and China.
The ambassador was affirmative they will always “stand on the right side of history, [as well as] make positive contributions to the world and the well-being of mankind.”
The diplomat also described the current state of relations between his country and host: “This year, our two countries have been fighting the pandemic hand-in-hand, which is another vivid illustration of the brotherly friendship between the two countries. Looking ahead, China-Philippines relations enjoy bright futures and broad prospects.”
He emphasized his belief that the Philippines’s future will be deeply rooted in its own national development, in a stable and amicable neighborhood, and in a peaceful and prosperous Asian region.
THE envoy highlighted that China and the Philippines are both long-time friends and neighbors, as well as partners and relatives. He remarked that “a large percentage of Filipinos have Chinese blood in their veins.”
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines. According to the embassy, the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Duterte have ushered the “New Golden Age China-Philippines relations.”
The Chinese Ambassador Scholarships were launched in September 2014 with UP and PNU to help their needy students pursue academic studies. So far, more than 300 students from both universities have benefited from the educational grant.