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Preparatory meeting for the General Assembly of FCHCSI scheduled next month, the proposed Forum on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and other plans for 2017.
Present (from left) were Engr. Edgar Te, Amado So, Atty. Peter Nugas, Jr., Allan Basarte and Peter Tiu Lavina.
“In January 1969, (President Ferdinand) Marcos declared in his State of the Nation Address: “We in Asia must strive toward a modus vivendi with Red China. I reiterate this need, which is becoming more urgent each day. Before long, Communist China will have increased its striking power a thousand fold with a sophisticated delivery system for its nuclear weapons. We must prepare for that day. We must prepare to co-exist peaceably with Communist China.”
[From the book Philippines-China Relations in the 20th Century: History Versus Strategy by Aileen San Pablo Baviera of the UP Asian Center]
At the meeting of the local International Relations Board last week, clearly China relations was top-billing!
Excerpts from the book of Aileen San Pablo-Baviera Philippines-China Relations in the 20th Century: History Versus Strategy:
“Chinese written records indicate that Filipinos had gone to China as early as 982, when Ma-yi (Mindoro) traders appeared on the coast of Guangzhou, and in 1 001 when the first recorded Philippine tribute mission came, apparently from Butuan. At the end of the twelfth century, Visayan pirates were raiding Fujian from bases in the Pescadores. Anthropological and archaeological findings, however, point to Chinese traders visiting the islands of the South Seas before the tenth century, presumably including islands that now belong to the Philippines. A Song Dynasty edict of 972 mentions Ma-yi as part of the luxury trade in foreign exotica. By 1206, written records showed that Mindoro, Palawan, Basilan and other nearby islands were known to China. Relations between early Philippine kingdoms and China were rich and colorful. Chinese sources report that Admiral Zheng He’s men landed in Sulu in 1409. In 1417, a Muslim delegation led by the east King of Sulu, Paduka Batara, paid a visit to China, where he was admired and befriended by the Emperor. Unfortunately, on his way back to Sulu, the king died and was buried in Dezhou, Shandong province. Members of his family remained to tend his grave in Dezhou, where to this day his descendants continue to practice Islam and have established strong ties with China’s Islamic Hui minority? When the Spaniards arrived, they already found Chinese settlers and Chinese ships bringing merchandise to Manila. Miguel Lopez de Legaspi opened direct trade with China, with Chinese merchants bringing textiles, industrial products, raw materials and food. This not only helped sustain Spanish colonial rule, it also boosted the development of trade between the Philippines and the distant Spanish colony of Mexico.”
These are sample designs of icons or logos based on heritage, culture, customs and famous landmarks to promote various regions of China.
The Chinatown of Davao City encompasses areas near the old Sta. Ana Wharf which became the city’s main trading center dominated by Filipino-Chinese businesses. It is in this neighborhood that many institutions are also located like Chinese schools, Buddhist temples and Chinese family association buildings. The Chinatown area covers about 44 hectares in four downtown barangays. It’s core areas along Magsaysay Avenue and Sta. Ana Avenue are marked with four Chinese-architectural inspired arches.
This one at the east end of Magsaysay Avenue is called the Arch of Friendship, built by the Dabaw Kaisa Foundation. At the other end of this long stretch of commercial street is the Arch of Unity donated by the Huang-Tan Clan.
Along Sta. Ana Avenue are the Arch of Peace donated by Yuchengco Group and the Arch of Prosperity.
The four arches were designed by the Davao Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines and have since become popular tourist attractions.
Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana (center) receives Chinese business delegation escorted by Peter Tiu Lavina during a visit to Beijing recently. Chinese groups are interested to help the Philippines in infrastructure, tourism and trade. Qui Jianlei, General Manager of China BJ Expo, and River Liu (2nd from left), Marketing Representative in the Philippines, plan to bring in Chinese investors and product exhibitors to Manila and Davao. Also present during the visit were NBC Beijing Bureau Chief Eric Baculinao (left) and Ronald Zhang (2nd from right), President of S&P Construction, which proposed a new international seaport project in Manila Bay.