Gloria Arroyo bats for harmonious relations between PHL, China

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Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has underscored the need to promote a harmonious relationship between the Philippines and China.

Arroyo made the statement in her speech after being elected as chair of the Association for Philippine-China Understanding (APCU).

“[O]ur country’s political environment is truly the time to work for the ‘strong and healthy relations between the Philippines and China that promotes peace, harmony and prosperity among their peoples’ that APCU’s vision declares,” she said.

The APCU, a recognized and accredited people-to-people organization in China, was co-founded by Arroyo in the early 1970s.

The organization played a vital role in the establishment of the Philippine diplomatic relations with China.

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APCU new officers

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The Filipino-Chinese Heritage and Cultural Society, Inc., extends its best wishes and congratulations to the new officers of the Association of Philippine China Understanding (APCU). Elected during its General Assembly last Monday July 10 were:

Chairperson – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Vice Chairman – Jesus Cham; President – Gabriel Lopez; External Vice President – Rachy Cuna; Internal Vice President – Raul Lambino; Treasurer – Letty Timbol; Executive Director – Jose “Pete” Arce, Jr.

The new APCU Board of Trustees also affirmed last year’s designation of FCHCSI President Peter Tiu Lavina as Head of APCU Davao/Mindanao.

APCU, which is promoting people-to-people diplomacy and good relations with China, will send a delegation to the ASEAN-China Youth Exchange Festival in Guandong, China on July 24-28, and in the ASEAN-China People-to-People Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia on August 6-9.



APCU GA on July 10

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The Association for Philippine-China Understanding (APCU) will hold a general assembly meeting on July 10 at 3 pm at the New Quezon City Library beside Quezon City Hall, according to its Executive Director Peter Arce.

APCU is the oldest non-government organization promoting good relations with China dating back during the early 1970s. It is engaged in people-to-people diplomacy and is recognized by the Chinese government as the Philippine representative to the China-ASEAN people-to-people association.



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Meeting in Beijing on May 13 between the Filipino Chinese Heritage and Cultural Society and the China Peace and Development Society Headquarter. Forging ties for better understanding and cooperation.

New officers

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The Filipino Chinese Heritage and Cultural Society, Inc. elected a new set of officers, namely:

President – Peter Tiu Lavina

Vice President – So Peng Kee

Secretary – Edgar L. Te

Treasurer – Amado So

Auditor – Allan Basarte

Legal Counsel – Peter Nugas, Jr.

Pursuing plans for 2017

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The Filipino Chinese Heritage and Cultural Society, Inc. will hold its general assembly meeting on May 3 to elect new officers and plan programs and activities for the rest of the year.

Formed in 2004, FCHCSI pioneered in organizing the first Chinese New Year Festival in Davao City, which is now an annual city-government sponsored event. It aims to promote greater understanding and appreciation of Filipino Chinese heritage and culture and better people-to-people relations between the Philippines and China.