Chinese Embassy Celebrates Christmas with Ambassador Scholarship Recipients

On 18 November 2020, the Chinese Embassy held an online Christmas gathering for the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Recipients from the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Normal University. The special day was for around 40 faculties and students from both universities in order to celebrate the nearing holidays both on site and online.

In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Huang Xilian congratulated the scholars for their excellent performance and achievements as well as expressed his appreciation to the faculty for their unyielding efforts and support.

Ambassador Huang highlighted that China and the Philippines are both long-time friends and neighbors, partners and relatives, and today, a big amount 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. Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Duterte, China-Philippines relations have been ushering in the New Golden Age.

"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 future and broad prospects." Ambassador Huang added.

Ambassador Huang emphasized that he always believes that the Philippines' future will be deeply rooted in its own national development, in a stable and amicable neighborhood, and in a peaceful and prosperous Asian region, and at the end of the day lies with the generation of youth.

Ambassador Huang expressed his hope that the scholars would grow as envoys for closer exchanges and mutual learning between our two countries. Ambassador Huang is sure that they will always stand on the right side of history and make positive contributions to the world and the well-being of mankind.

Together with the students were Chancellor of UP Diliman Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo and President of PNU Dr. Bert J. Tuga, who expressed their gratitude to the Chinese Ambassador in their remarks.

Dr. Nemenzo said he hopes the UP will help in mutually constructing win-win relationships between the two countries. He expressed his gratitude for the scholarships that were given to the students, which creates a new generation of leaders who are imbued with a healthy view of the relations between the two countries.

Dr. Tuga said that Chinese Ambassador Scholarship is one of the few scholarships that gather its recipients regularly towards the end of the year. This only shows how committed they are to linking with their scholars beyond the walls of our Universities. The scholarship provided by the Embassy will not only impact individuals but also schools and learners that every PNU graduate will serve in the future.

Furthermore, two Scholarship recipient representatives also gave special speeches of appreciation.

"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," said Jerica Malliah Fonacier, a third-year student from UP.

"This scholarship program aside from charity, is implying to us the values of mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, that open an avenue to promote common good, social responsibility and innovative thinking," Harold Bumanglag of PNU said.

The Chinese Ambassador Scholarship was launched in September 2014 at UP and PNU to help the needy students pursue their academic studies. So far, more than 300 students from both universities have benefited from the Scholarship.

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