Consul General Relacion leads the celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Chongqing, China.
On 12 June 2018, relations between the Philippines and western China were given a boosted when Consul General Crescente R. Relacion, head of the Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, China, led a diplomatic reception celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Independence Day at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chongqing.
Around 130 guests attended the reception included Vice Chairwoman Zhang Ling of the Chongqing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the consular corps from Chongqing and Chengdu in Sichuan Province, including several other foreign consuls general, high-ranking officials from local government, academe, private sector and the Filipino community. Mounted photographs from the “Mirth of the Island” Photo Exhibit were displayed near the reception hall providing Chinese and other foreign guests a glimpse of the Philippines.
The reception was kicked off with the playing of the national anthems of Philippines and China. This was followed by the Consul General Relacion’s reading of the President Duterte’s Independence Day message and his own brief remarks. In his brief remarks, the Consul General took note of the highly-positive developments in the Philippines and China relations, and the important role Chongqing played in it.
Afterwards, Vice Chairwoman Zhang delivered her remarks where she likewise lauded the development of Philippine-China relations and urged for further strengthening of the relations. This was followed by Consul General Relacion proposing a toast and a ceremonial cake cutting.
The cocktail buffet was then opened to the guests. A Filipino band, employed by Intercontinental Hotel, was assigned by the hotel reception providing music for the entire evening. The band’s performance was highlighted by an interpretive dance number from a volunteer from Chongqing’s Filipino community, much to the delight of the guests. (End)