Cebu, Fujian establish friendly relations
major trading center we refer to as Chinatown, and Cebu we believe is one big Chinatown,” said Mrs. Davide in her welcome speech.
To fully explain how deeply-rooted the Chinese influence is in our Filipino culture, she said that Chinese values, customs and traits are heavily laced in ours such as strong family ties, high respect for the elders, and our love for Chinese cuisine – siomai, lumpia and ticoy.
Jianyong said that Fujian and Cebu’s friendship will serve as an important path in the friendly relations between China and the Philippines.
“Fujian-cebu cooperation in the field of economy, trade, tourism, culture, and education will make better contribution and become a highlight for a friendly cooperation between China and the Philippines,” he said.
Mrs. Davide also announced that a Sugbo Chinese Heritage Museum is set to open next year which will serve as a repository of relics that celebrates the long standing relationship of Cebu and China.
“Maybe you could visit the museum on your next trip to Cebu,” she told the guests.
“Now we are moving in a very correct direction as we will push forward and go further in this direction so that both sides can realize a more win-win cooperation in the future,” the Chinese Secretary General said.
Capitol band and cultural dancers provided entertainment to the tune of Sinulog and “I Love Cebu” during the welcome dinner.
Photo shows the Chinese delegates. (Courtesy of Cebu Provincial Government)