Chongqing PCG Explores the Philippine National Hero’s Humanity during Rizal Day(Top left) Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo opens the program on the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s martyrdom by encouraging Consulate personnel to find Rizal within themselves in advancing the interest of the Filipino people. (Top right) Consul General Mayo recognizes the dedication of Consulate staff and, on behalf of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, awards loyalty pins and certificates to (from left) local hires, Mr. Wang Tian and Ms. Wang Wanyi for their 10 years of dedicated service to the Consulate, and to Ms. Dorotea B. Apostol and Mr. Ron Sylvester B. Basbano for their 30 and 10 years of service in the Department, respectively. (Bottom) Consulate personnel actively participated in the solemn commemoration of Rizal Day at the Consulate, including an online lecture by Ambeth Ocampo and a quiz on Rizal. Photo: CQPCG 30 December 2021 – To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the martyrdom and heroism of national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing held a solemn program within its premises today.
Attended by Consulate personnel, Rizal Day in Chongqing kicked off with a flag ceremony followed by opening remarks from Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo. She also read the message for the occasion from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who enjoined all Filipinos to also honor the modern-day heroes at the frontlines as the nation celebrates the legacy of Rizal.
For her part, Consul General Mayo encouraged Consulate personnel to find Rizal within themselves in both official and personal contexts. She commended foreign service personnel for their heroism as the country’s frontline workers abroad. She took the occasion to present, on behalf of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs loyalty pins to Ms. Dorotea B. Apostol (30 years in the service ) and Mr. Ron Sylvester B. Basbano (10 years in service), as well as the Consulates’ local hires, Mr. Wang Tian (Tim Wong) and Ms. Wang Wanyi (Vivian Wang) who have been serving the Consulate for ten (10) years.
The highlight of the Consulate’s Rizal Day was the publicly available online lecture by Professor Ambeth Ocampo entitled “Rizal Without the Overcoat.” The lecture, posted on Ateneo’s YouTube channel, depicted Rizal not just as a national hero worth emulating but more so as a completely relatable human being.
The Consulate capped the commemoration with a short quiz on Rizal. END
Novel PH Fruit Festival in Chongqing Impresses Local Consumers
(Top) Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo led the Philippine Consulate General team in an opening parade inside SM City Chongqing aboard an e-tricycle customized for the occasion. In addition to Consul General Mayo and Mr. Gong Zhiyong, Deputy Director-General of the Chongqing Commission of Commerce, who both delivered their remarks in person during the opening ceremony, Commercial Consul Mario Tani, Commercial Consul of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Shanghai, sent a congratulatory message through a recorded video (bottom left). Joining Consul General Mayo on stage in formally announcing the opening of the Philippine Fruit Festival (bottom right) were (standing from left) Mr. Cheng Xu (Director, Chongqing Culture and Tourism Commission), Mr. Feng Zimin (Deputy Director-General, Chongqing Foreign Affairs Office), Mr. Gong Zhiyong, Mr. Chen Shili (Secretary-General, Chongqing International Culture Exchange Center), and Ms. Cheng Tiantian (Manager, SM City Chongqing). Photos: CQPCG
18 December 2021 – The Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing staged today its first-ever Philippine Fruit Festival at SM City Chongqing. In line with the Consulate’s commercial diplomacy objectives, the festival offered an assortment of Philippine fresh fruits, principally bananas, pineapple, and coconut, which were prepared as Filipino comfort food in the form of snacks, desserts, and beverages, with a view to helping boost domestic demand for these goods.
The Consulate team made its entrance to the SM Mall atrium alongside an e-trike customized for the Philippine fiesta. In her welcome remarks, Philippine Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo cited the robust trade relations between the Philippines and China, covering trade in fresh and processed fruits which, in 2020 alone, included 1.2 million metric tons of banana and banana products. The Consul General touted the versatility of the Philippine pineapple and banana whose fibers are also woven into cloths for the national dress as well as home and fashion accessories. “In promoting healthy commercial relations, we have chosen this special path, this special day close to Christmas and this special venue – the SM Mall in Chongqing – to also serve the equally important purpose of cultivating closer people-to-people ties between the Philippines and China,” Consul General Mayo said.
Philippine Commercial Consul Mario C. Tani of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Shanghai, in a recorded video message, conveyed the hope that the Philippine Fruit Festival and other promotional activities could open more opportunities for boosting trade and investment between the Philippines and China, including Chongqing as a priority market for the Philippines.
Mr. Gong Zhiyong, Deputy Director-General of the Chongqing Municipal Commission of Commerce and the Festival's Guest of Honor, congratulated the Philippine Consulate General for its initiative. “The Philippines has always been an important trading partner of Chongqing…and has a good economic development situation, a huge market potential, abundant labor, quality agricultural and marine products which can meet consumers’ demand for a high-quality life,” he noted. Mr. Gong recalled Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min'er's official visit to the Philippines in 2019, that helped boost trade relations between Chongqing and the Philippines, which amounted to RMB 7 billion (about PHP 55 billion) for the period of January to October 2021. “We are willing to further strengthen exchanges with the Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing, jointly promote pragmatic cooperation between enterprises, create a good business environment, give full play to the role of business associations, strengthen investment information exchanges and key project promotion, expand the in-depth cooperation…in the fields of energy, infrastructure, electromechanical, automobile and motorcycle, construction, logistics, and tourism, among other areas, to create a bright future of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation,” he remarked.
Joining Consul General Mayo on stage to formally open the Festival were Mr. Gong, Mr. Feng Zimin (Deputy Director-General, Chongqing Foreign Affairs Office), Mr. Chen Shili (Secretary-General, Chongqing International Culture Exchange Center), Mr. Cheng Xu (Director, Chongqing Municipal Culture and Tourism Commission), and Ms. Cheng Tiantian (Manager, SM City Chongqing). The Consul General personally led guests from the Chongqing government as they sampled the festival fare featuring Philippine coconut rum, banana chips, coconut milk, mango juice and snacks as well as professionally prepared fruit-based desserts and snacks such as the turron, maja blanca, bibingka, empanaditas, fruit salad, banana and pineapple smoothies, and coconut rum cocktails.
(Top) This first-ever Philippine Fruit Festival in Chongqing featured not only fresh fruits but also other processed fruit products such as banana chips, fruit juice and liquor, coconut water and coconut cream, as well as dishes using Philippine fruits as main ingredients (bottom left), which were all offered to the public with the compliments of the Philippine Consulate General. Local media covered the event and interviewed Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo. Photos: CQPCG
As part of the Consulate’s grassroots outreach, the festival’s three-hour program included the screening of promotional tourism videos for potential Chinese visitors to the Philippines, a Filipino martial arts demonstration by Chinese practitioners, as well as Filipino children’s games such as luksong tinik and sipa and Filipino fiesta crafts organized for Chinese pre-schoolers. Capping the festival was a cultural presentation by members of the Filipino community in Chongqing which culminated in the lively audience participation in the tinikling. Over 2,500 complimentary samples of Philippine fruits and fruit products were served to the public during the festival. By and large, the Consulate’s guests were enthused by their first Filipino fiesta experience.
The three-hour program showcased Philippine culture, including a demonstration of Filipino Martial Arts (top left) and a special program for local pre-schoolers who were treated to Filipino-themed arts and crafts and games, such as luksong tinik (top right). The Filipino community in Chongqing actively took part in the Philippine Fruit Festival through cultural performances, including tinikling (bottom left) and renditions of kundimans (bottom right) Photo: CQPCG
The Philippine Fruit Festival was made possible with the cooperation of the Philippine Agricultural Counselor's Office in Beijing, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Shanghai, the Philippine Department of Tourism in Shanghai, Chongqing E-Cars, Chongqing Meng Ai Education Technology Company, and SM City Chongqing. Distributors of Philippine food and beverage brands also lent their support by sending product samples namely Excellent Quality Goods and Supply Company (Pong Pong Banana Chips); Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures (Aqua Coco Coconut Water); Century International China (Coco Mama Coconut Cream); Global Basic Co., Ltd. (Coconut-Flavored Tanduay Boracay Rum); Oishi Shanghaojia (mango and other fruit juices and snacks); and DOLE (fresh bananas, pineapples, and papaya). END
Chongqing-Based Filipinos revisit roots of their culture in Dr. Anton Juan’s Will. Memory. Action.
12 December 2021 –. Dr. Anton Juan conducted today a hybrid Lecture-Workshop on Philippine cultural history entitled Will. Memory. Action. which the Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing hosted offline at the Radisson Hotel and online via Zoom for Filipino communities in its consular jurisdiction.
In her opening message, Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo likened the afternoon’s lecture to a journey to the Filipino core with the eminent Dr. Juan guiding the participants “to forgotten places in our people’s distant past and deep within our own selves.”
In his stimulating presentation, Dr. Juan utilized semiotics to bring to the fore the nexus of signs, symbols and language in the shaping of the Filipino identity. From ancient communities to the modern Filipino, he shone a light on the significance of verbal and nonverbal language as expressed in cave and stone etchings, native clothes, weaves, and accessories, musical instruments and art works, among other tools. He posited that all culture begins with language whose meanings have been assigned and accepted by a community. He opined that the issues of national identity could be traced to ruptures in Philippine history which created a “colonized culture.”
Dr. Juan also illustrated gender equality in early Filipinos with both women and men contributing to the survival and growth of the societies by performing complementary roles. He urged the participants to remember their roots and celebrate their heroic spirit lest the Filipino nation lose its collective memory and direction. “Each one has their memory and looking back to the past is essential to act and move forward,” he explained.
Following the lecture, Dr. Juan conducted a workshop where participants were made to remember a forgotten object or place, let the object or place speak to them, and deliver the object’s message as a monologue. Various objects and places – from forgotten diaries to an improvised maracas for Christmas caroling, flat irons and oil lamps, paper dolls, turbans and kawayan, as well as an old mango tree in Batangas, the Farmer’s Market food court in Cubao and a Benedictine monastery in Bukidnon – cried out for remembrance of their worth.
Dr. Juan appreciated the monologues as threads in a tapestry that tells the vibrant story of the Filipino people. The program culminated in a a music video of Pilipinas Kong Mahal directed by Dr. Juan which prompted participants sing along to a love song to their country and people.
Dr. Juan is a tenured professor at Notre Dame University, Illinois, USA, and a continuing visiting professor of the University of the Philippines. He has reaped various accolades and awards, including the Alexander Onassis International Award for Theatre and the Special Jury Prize for Screenplay from the CineManila International Film Festival, for his body of works. He completed his Ph.D. in Semiotics at the Kapodistrian and Panhellenic University of Athens with the mark of ARISTA (Excellence). Dr. Juan is also an accomplished playwright, as well as film and stage director. END
Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing Hosts Exploratory Meeting on Cooperation between Paraňaque and Guiyang
08 December 2021 – The Philippine Consulate General in Chongqing facilitated today the first virtual meeting to discuss prospects for a sister city relationship between Paraňaque City and Guiyang City, Guizhou Province. Consul General Flerida Ann Camille P. Mayo delivered introductory remarks and moderated the online meeting.
Representing Paraňaque City were Councilor Vandolph Quizon, Chairperson of the Committee on External Affairs, City Council; Ms. Eva T. Nono, Head of the External Relations, Office of the City Mayor; and Mr. Mario L. Jimenez, Social Services and Public Information Officer. Speaking for Guiyang City were Mr. Li Zejun, Executive President of Guiyang People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Mr. Xu Xianwen, Division Chief for External Communication and Cooperation of Big Data Administration; Ms. Zheng Xuke, Executive President of China Council for Promotion of International Trade (Guiyang); and Ms. Deng Weijia of the Guiyang Education Bureau Office.
Both sides presented an overview of their respective cities’ profile, strengths, and advantages. Their discussions surfaced mutually beneficial areas of cooperation in the fields of trade, education, tourism, ecological protection, big data, and COVID-19 management. Both parties expressed interest in studying further the proposal to forge sister city relations and the intent to take the initial steps, based on their respective internal procedures, to carry the proposal forward.
The Philippine Consulate General will continue to facilitate discussions between the two cities with a view to supporting the overarching objective of promoting friendly bilateral ties between the Philippines and China. END
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