PH Consulate General in Xiamen, China Holds Reception for 120th PH Independence Anniversary


Consul General Julius Caesar A. Flores (center in white barong) poses for a group photo with the VIPs and the KKM during the reception cum concert at Kempinski Hotel, Xiamen City. (Xiamen PCG photo)

XIAMEN 04 July 2018 – As part of the series of activities to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence, Consul General in Xiamen Julius Caesar A. Flores hosted a dinner reception at the Kempinski Hotel in Xiamen, China on 12 June 2018.

Xiamen dignitaries attended the occasion led by Xiamen City Vice Mayor Han Jingyi, Jiangxi Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) Director General Shen Zhongchun, Fujian FAO Deputy Director General Lou Guanzheng, Xiamen Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (FOCAO) Director General Li Xiaoping, Singapore Consul General Chi Chew Sum, and Thai Consul General Karntimon Ruksakiati.

Four hundred guests from Fujian FAO, Xiamen, Jinjiang, Quanzhou and Shishi Cities FOCAO officials, members of the Fujian diplomatic corps, Filipino-Chinese businessmen in Fujian province, and Filipino Community leaders also attended the event.

In his message, Consul General Flores mentioned the long history of friendship, cooperation and trade between the Philippines and China, as exemplified by the visit of Sultan Paduka Batara of the Sultanate of Sulu to the Ming Emperor in Dezhou, China more than half a millennium ago to extend friendship and promote trade.

This historic voyage was reenacted by the Philippine (Kaya Ng Pinoy) – Balangay Expedition to China from 28 April to 20 May 2018.

The Consul General also highlighted the major accomplishments of the Consulate General in Xiamen in its efforts to pursue its political, economic and cultural diplomacy thrusts in 2017 and the first semester of 2018, highlighting the exchanges of visits between Philippine government officials and business leaders, and their Fujian and Xiamen counterparts.

The talented group Kamerata Klassika Manila regaled the guests with varied musical performances. Composed of sopranos Stefanie Quintin and Krystl Buesa, countertenor Kyle Tingzon, tenor Ervin Lumauag, and bass Nil’s Flores, accompanied on the guitar by Anton Luis Arevalo Avila, the group was warmly received by all the guests. END


The KKM’s international debut at the Kempinski Hotel-Xiamen during the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence on 12 June 2018. (Xiamen PCG photo)

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