The city government of Baguio and the Filipino-Chinese community affirmed their commitment for stronger partnership during the celebration of the 22nd Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day on June 10.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Baguio Filipino-Chinese Community Executive Committee Chair Peter Ng with Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Laoag City Consul Sun Weidong led other officials and guests in the celebration held at the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Park inside the Botanical Garden here in the city.
Ng said celebration of the 22nd Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day provides an opportunity to renew friendship between the Filipino and the Chinese communities in Baguio.
Magalong highlighted the unity and collaboration in enriching the culture, economy and social fabric between the Philippines and China and the people of both countries.
“Our shared history is a testament of the power of unity and collaboration and as we look back on the challenges we have overcome, it defines inspiration and strength on the determination of our ancestors,” Magalong said.
“Today as we celebrate the 22nd Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day, let us re-affirm our commitment to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation that unite us. Together, we can build a future rooted in inclusivity, honor and understanding,” the mayor added.
Honorable Weidong, in his keynote message, expressed gratitude to the city government of Baguio and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese community for their contribution in promoting friendship between China and the Philippines.
He said the strong ties between China and the Philippines have been bringing bountiful benefits for both countries as well as positive contribution to world peace and stability.
The simple but symbolic program included ribbon cutting, dragon dance performance, releasing of friendship doves and on-the-spot sketching of the officials and guests, in partnership with the Creative Baguio Community.
In behalf of the Baguio Filipino-Chinese community, Ng thanked the city of Baguio and the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China for their support. – Carlito Dar