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ng development plans and programs in the Chinatown area.
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During then-Mayor, now VP Sara's term, being her City Tourism Officer, I headed the Secretariat
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of the Chinatown Council, and I would ensure that we had monthly meetings to discuss any
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issues that would affect Chinatown, organize events that would promote Chinese culture,
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and receive Chinese guests in the city.
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More importantly, I, with the Chinatown Council, pushed for the creation of a development plan
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for the Davao Chinatown, which would complement the Davao City Tourism Master Plan, wherein
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we ensured that Chinatown would be one of the top three tourism development areas.
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In my present job, I've continued to promote amity and goodwill between our countries
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in the different places in Mindanao that I visit.
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Not because Congen Lilin asked me to, but because instilled in me is what I have learned
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from my interaction with Davao's Chinese community.
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The values of hard work, benevolence, courtesy, wisdom, and filial piety, which are some of
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the most important values of Chinese traditional values, much akin to Filipinos.
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Through the years, we have walked, worked, and learned greatly from one another, and
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if there's anything more that I would like to promote, it is to make all of us, Filipinos
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and Chinese, respect each other and affirm our oneness as brothers and sisters.
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We are not just friends.
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We are family.
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Dagang salamat, xie xie.
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Congratulations, Ms. Nexon.
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Our next laureate is Mr. Jose Ong Tahan.
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Mr. Tahan is the former president of APCU Baguio and former chairman of the Filipino-Chinese
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Chamber of Commerce of Baguio City.
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As an active member of the APCU Baguio Chapter for 42 years, he has lent his assistance
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to planning educational, cultural, military, political, and trade visits of more than
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100 official delegates from China.
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Once again, congratulations to the major contribution laureates.
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His Excellency, President of the Republic of the Philippines, Lieutenant Bomong Marcos, Jr.
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Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, Huang Shilian, APCO Chairman, Antonio
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Na'o Lamino, and APCO President, Sixto Benito.
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Distinguished guests, friends, good evening.
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It is truly a great privilege to be among the awardees today, and I thank APCO and
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the Chinese Embassy for this recognition and honor.
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In all honesty, I had no intention to make any submission for this prestigious award,
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as I believe my contributions are humble compared to others.
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But last February, during the years of Spring Festival celebration in Baguio, our friends
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from our consulate office encouraged and urged me to make a submission.
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Unexpectedly, I was chosen as one of the awardees, for which recognition I was very
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grateful in a testimony that my 42 years of membership and efforts in APCO's 48 years
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history has not gone unnoticed.
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This distinction and honor, however, is not mine alone.
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I share with APCO as we continuously work for increasing enhancement of Filipino-Chinese
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friendship.
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Again, thank you very much and Mabuhayo.
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Thank you so much.
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All right, ladies and gentlemen, we will now proceed with the Outstanding Contribution
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category.
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To help us present our next awards, we would like to request the presence of His Excellency
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Huang Xilian, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Philippines, and
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Attorney Raul Lampino, APCU Chairman.
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Our first laureate with Outstanding Contribution is Ambassador Roberto D. Tiglao.
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Ambassador Tiglao is one of the country's renowned journalists, columnists, and public
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intellectuals.
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He's also a public servant who held various honorary posts in the Philippine government.
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Ambassador Tiglao, may we please invite you for a few words.
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His Excellency President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Honorable Bongbeng Medeldea, the representative
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of former President Duterte, His Excellency Ambassador Huang Xilian of the People's Republic
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of China, trustees and members of the Association for Philippine-China Friendship.
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Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
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It is a high honor for me to be in the same event with the representatives of two former
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very respected presidents, President Duterte and my former boss in MalacaƱang, President
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Arroyo.
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Both of them, during their presidencies, made heroic efforts to strengthen relations
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with China while enhancing friendships with other peoples.
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It was indeed praiseworthy as they upended Cold War propaganda by the West portraying
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China as hostile to the Philippines when nothing could be further from the truth.
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And of course, it's an honor to be here with the presence of President Bongbeng Marcos
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since it was his father who made history when he boldly established diplomatic relations
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with China on June 9, 1975, tomorrow nearly half a century ago.
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President BBM, together with his mother Imelda and his sisters, were among the very few
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Filipinos who were able to shake hands with the Asian great leader, the founder
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of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong.
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I'm a fan of Mao Zedong and I hope Mao Zedong's vibes rubbed on President Marcos.
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To APCO Chairman Emeritus President Arroyo, Chairman Raul Lampino, Vice Chairman Jeffrey
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Leung, and to the other trustees of this association, I'm deeply honored and grateful
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to receive this award, especially since it also gives credit to my lifelong work as a journalist.
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I will not evade talking about the elephant in the room, about China.
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I have been writing about China, specifically the South China Sea dispute, for over a decade now.
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In my articles in the Manila Times and in my two books entitled Debunk and Debacle,
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these weren't opinion or speculative pieces.
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Many of these were investigative reports based on detailed research and documentation.
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I've struggled in my writings to expose the hypocrisy and attempts of the West
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to demonize China so that it can maintain its hegemony in the world.
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Unfortunately, I have not been that successful in convincing too many people,
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and I hope this award will convince many of my countrymen to really look into this problem.
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It is a challenge re-educating people on the real issues and forgotten histories of nations.
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The West has a powerful media machinery, and its agents in media and even in the academia
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aren't even aware of this.
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I was astonished, for instance, that even my old anti-imperialist comrades
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who used to storm the U.S. Embassy's gates in the 1970s are now big fans of the U.S.,
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even recommending that the U.S. wars with China.
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The author and American intellectual, Noam Chomsky, said it best in one of his books,
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He who controls media, controls the mind.
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Now guess who controls global media, whose view of the world most of our local media sheepishly follow?
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Philippine media must take some of the blame for this continued brainwashing of Filipinos
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that we are brown Americans rather than brown Asians.
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The difficulty really in understanding the South China Sea issue
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lies in the fact that many of us have not realized that after a century,
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there is a new world order emerging.
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It is becoming a multipolar world that will not be dominated by single power,
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which is even at the opposite side of the globe.
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I am proud to be awarded among Filipinos who have helped in their own ways
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in promoting Philippines-China understanding.
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Understanding controversial issues involving close labor
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should be of paramount concern during these uncertain times.
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The world does not need another world war,
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no matter how hard the current hegemon with its military-industrial complex seems to want it.
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I would not be receiving this award, of course, without the help of my editor,
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intellectual partner, my wife, Betsy,
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and the support of my son, Dart, and the creative works of my daughter, Ria,
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and my son-in-law, Perry.
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To them, my deepest thanks.
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Again, may I express my gratitude to APCU for this award,
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which I am very proud of. Thank you.
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Thank you and congratulations, Ambassador Tiglao.
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Our next laureate is Ambassador Jamie T. Cruz.
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AMBASSADOR JAMIE T. CRUZ
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Ambassador Cruz was a former Special Envoy to the People's Republic of China,
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Trade and Investment.
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This year, APPCU recognizes his works and contribution
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in promoting Philippines-China relations, friendship, and mutual understanding.
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Now to receive the award on behalf of Ambassador Cruz
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is his daughter, Ms. Kimberly Cruz.
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AMBASSADOR KIMBERLY CRUZ
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Thank you so much. Let's give a round of applause
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to the Outstanding Contribution Laureates.
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Finally, we will now recognize the Hall of Famers.
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May we request Atty. Raul M. Vino,
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Chairman of the Association for Philippine-China Understanding,
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and of course, His Excellency, Huang Xi Lian,
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Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Philippines,
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to please remain on stage to help us present the awards.
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Our first Hall of Fame Laureate is
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Ambassador Carlos Chan.
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AMBASSADOR CARLOS CHAN
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Ambassador Chan is a philanthropist
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who is respected by major organizations
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not only from the Philippines and China,
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but in other countries with OECD offices.
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The Ambassador was appointed as Special Envoy to China
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by three consecutive presidents.
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His company, OECD, has been helping Filipinos in China
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in promoting the Philippines among the Chinese.
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The Chinese hold the Filipino-made brand in such high regard
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that OECD has successfully established itself
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as a global Filipino brand.
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Ambassador Chan was also one of the first
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major private donors who sent medical supplies
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to the Philippines at the height of the pandemic.
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He has also donated over 700 schoolhouses
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across the Philippines and supported the maintenance
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of the Royal Tomb of the Sultan of Sulu in Teochew, China
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that stand witness to the 600 years of friendly exchanges
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between China and the Philippines.
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And on behalf of Ambassador Chan,
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let us listen to his son, Mr. Ozen Chan.
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Please allow me to deliver the message of Ambassador Carlos Chan
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on his behalf.
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His Excellency, President Ferdinand Romaldez Marcos, Jr.
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His Excellency, former Rodrigo Roa Duterte,
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represented by former Executive Secretary Salvador Medaldea.
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His Excellency, Ambassador Juan Silian,
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members of the Cabinet and other government officials.
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APPCEU Chairman Raul Lambino.
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APPCEU Vice Chairman Jeffrey Nang.
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Fellow awardees, distinguished guests,
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ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
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I am deeply honored and humbled to accept this award
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from the Association Promoting Philippine-China Understanding.
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Being selected for the Hall of Fame category for year 2023
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alongside other distinguished awardees,
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including former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,
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fills me with immense pride and gratitude.
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For almost 20 years, I had the privilege of serving
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as Philippine Special Envoy to China,
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allowing me to represent Philippines in various capacities.
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My responsibilities included promoting trade and investment,
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fostering tourism, and facilitating cultural exchanges
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between our two nations.
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These efforts have contributed to mutual understanding,
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respect, and warm friendship between Filipino and the Chinese people,
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as well as enrichment of the Philippine economy.
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I would like to express my sincere appreciation
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to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
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the late President Binigno Noynoy Aquino,
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and former President Rodrigo Duterte
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for the trust and confidence and for the opportunity.
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Lastly, I am so grateful to ABPCU for this invaluable recognition.
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Thank you and good evening.
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Once again, let's put our hands together
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for our first Hall of Fame Laureate, Ambassador Chan.
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Our next Hall of Famer is former Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
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And in behalf of former President Duterte,
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Attorney Salvador Medialdeo will receive the award.
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Former President Duterte has accomplished long-wished-for dreams
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for our country and the Filipino people,
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showed their gratitude,
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giving him the highest approval and trust ratings consistently
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during his whole term of office,
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even with a two-year pandemic that caught the whole world off guard.
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Among his monumental achievements were the following,
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resolution of the Marawi crisis,
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our improved relations with China,
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resulted in the delivery of emergency weapons
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when our soldiers were being outgunned,
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the reestablishment of trust relations with China,
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which led to the stabilization of the South China Sea issues.
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This was also recognized by other Asian leaders,
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allowing for the reopening of our fishermen's access
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and the expansion of tourism, trade, employment,
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and international investments in the Philippines.
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The early delivery of millions of vaccines donated by China
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protected our frontliners and helped the economy reopen.
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May we request Attorney Salvador Medialdeo
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for a few words on behalf of former President Duterte.
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His Excellency Ferdinand Romaldez Marcos, Jr.,
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President of the Republic of the Philippines.
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His Excellency Ambassador Wang Zilian,
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officers and members of the APCU,
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honored guests, ladies and gentlemen.
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On behalf of former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,
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I would like to extend his deepest appreciation
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to the Association for Philippines-China Understanding
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and Embassy of the PROC
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for being bestowed this Hall of Fame award.
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It is indeed a great honor coming from this great organization
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whose main goal is to strengthen the relationship
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between the two nations.
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I am sure former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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will always cherish this award with the thought that
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both countries must continue to move forward
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in order to achieve what is best for all its people.
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Mabuhay ang APCO. Mabuhay tayin lahat.
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Thank you so much and once again congratulations
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to former Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
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And of course, former Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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is represented by former Executive Secretary Salvador Medialde
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and PDP-Laban President Congressman Jose Alvarez
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of the 2nd District of Palawan.
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Congratulations to all the 2023 APPCU awardees.
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Now at this point, may we invite here on stage
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the Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Zocno
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to introduce our guest of honor.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the Republic of the Philippines,
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His Excellency Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
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Thank you very much to Secretary Ben Zocno
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for his kind introduction.
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His Excellency Ambassador Wang Ziliang,
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the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China,
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members of the Cabinet present here with us today,
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the Honorable Members of the Senate,
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and of course, the Association for the Philippines-China Understanding Chairman,
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Raul Lambino,
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2023 APPCU awardees,
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my fellow workers in government,
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ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
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It is a great pleasure and honor to join you here today
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for the Association for Philippines-China Understanding Award Ceremony.
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If only to demonstrate how important this ceremony is for us
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and all that it symbolizes.
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Indeed, this evening is significant for a variety of reasons.
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It is a fitting prelude to our celebration of the 48th year
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of the formal establishment of the relations between Philippines and China,
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a significant event of our history
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that reckoned from the presidency of my father.
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Built on a long and rich history of commercial and cultural exchanges
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and intermingling,
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this bilateral relationship has been a boon
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to our country's economic strength over the past years.
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The figures say it all.
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Following centuries-old trade history,
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China has emerged as our top partner in terms of total trade,
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ranking first as our import source
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and second as our export destination.
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China and its special administrative regions
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are also second home to a substantial number of overseas Filipinos.
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This evening's award ceremony is likewise an occasion
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not only to honor individuals for their key achievements,
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it is also an opportunity to recognize our collective efforts
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as a nation to nurture and strengthen this healthy relationship
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that has served us so well through the years.
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We appreciate the initiative of the Association of Philippines-China Understanding
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in having organized this event
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and all its efforts to strengthen the bond between our nations
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through all these years.
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The role of the former president, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
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in rejuvenating the APCO organization,
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which led in many ways to the launching of these awards,
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must certainly be recognized.
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In doing so, she recognized the great importance
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of maintaining mutual understanding between our two countries.
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Perhaps the highlight of this awards night
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is the high recognition bestowed to the former president of our republic,
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our Tatay, Digong Duterte,
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and I join the entire nation in recognizing the former president
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for his strong leadership and for all that he has done
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in building a more resilient nation.
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But the reverie of tonight's proceedings,
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there is a lot more that we can and must do
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to celebrate our bilateral partnership.
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Time and again, we have proven that it is in our mutual interest
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to preserve the special rapport and kindred spirit
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that we have established and nurtured throughout our history.
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So, we will exert our utmost efforts to strengthen this relationship.
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We will strive to make it more comprehensive, more strategic,
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all with a view to advancing the paramount interests
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of both our nations and our peoples.
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It is my firm belief that our relationship
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must not be defined by our innate differences.
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We may have such differences, all friends do,
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but we recognize in the Philippines the commitment of President Xi
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and the People's Republic of China to overcome such difficulties.
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And I can assure our good ambassador here
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that that commitment also is present in the Philippines' efforts
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to bring us closer together, Philippines and the People's Republic of China.
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So, let us be bound rather by our similarities,
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our common purpose, our shared goals.
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As a guiding principle, we will pursue constant dialogue
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in an amicable approach to our decision-making
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and the resolution of issues.
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As a peace-loving nation, we will adhere to all intents and purposes
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with the fundamental adage that good communication
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is key to a good relationship.
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For the honorees this evening, the saying is very appropriate.
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The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do even more.
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Our esteemed awardees shall have fresh motivation
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to pursue their worthy causes with more vigor,
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but they will also serve as exemplars for our countrymen to emulate
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and to provide the spark to generate and spread goodwill
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between our countries and our peoples.
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All in all, we will draw collective inspiration
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and firmer resolve from these proceedings.
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We will depend on this relationship more than ever
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as we push towards a half-century of our diplomatic relationship.
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And we will call upon APCO to assist us in this effort.
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To end, let me say that I have nothing but bright optimism
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for the future of the bilateral ties of the Philippines and China.
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Let us continue to work together to usher in an exciting chapter
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for our respective nations, one in which peace and mutual progress
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will be at the heart of the stories that we will write side by side
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as friends, as partners, and as neighbors.
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Once again, congratulations to this year's APCO awardees.
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Mabuhay ang APCO.
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Mabuhay ang magandang ugnayan sa pagitan ng ating bansa at ng China.
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Maraming salamat at magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat.
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Thank you.
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Thank you, Mr. President.
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At this point, may we request the President to kindly grant us a photo opportunity.
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May we call on the 2023 APPCO awardees on stage.
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Thank you.
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Next batch, please prepare the Chinese Embassy officials.
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Thank you so much and congratulations to the 2023 APPCO awardees.
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Up next, we would like to invite the members of the Chinese Embassy officials on stage.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.