Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

The Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of the Philippines announce the first ten laureates of the Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding or APPCU,

This year’s APPCU “Hall of Fame” awardees are former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, and Ambassador Francis Chua, former special envoy of the Philippines to China and Philippine Silkroad International Chamber of Commerce Chairman. They are honored for their prestige and stature having done immense effort of work over time, as long acknowledged by the community in general.

For “Outstanding Contributions”, awardees are Dr. Rommel Banlaoi, president of Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS); Herman “Ka Mentong” Laurel, anchor for Golden Nation Network Opinyon Ngayon and PowerThinks podcasts, and moderator for “Ang Maestro-Beautiful Sunday”; Teresita Ang See, founder of Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran, and Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno, director Confucius Institute at UP Diliman.

This second category recognizes individuals of less prominence, but has nonetheless made remarkable contributions in promoting and strengthening Philippines-China bilateral relations and cooperation.

Awardees for the “Major Contributions” are private individuals whose works have impacted the lives of specific communities at the grassroots level advancing Philippines- China friendship and understanding. They are Prof. Jaime Flor Cruz, founding president of Peking University Overseas Students’ Alumni Association; Mario Leonardo Emilio Aportadera, physician, lawyer and professor at the University of San Agustin’s College of Liberal Arts in Iloilo; Adolfo “Ang Maestro” Quizon Paglinawan, former Philippine diplomat, editor-in-chief of Sovereignph.com, and Radyo Pilipinas talk show host, and John Nicolo Fernandez, 51Talk Brand ambassador.

From a list of nominees received beginning the early quarter of this year, ten individuals from both public and private sectors have passed the three-stage selection and judging process. Since its awards launch in January of this year, members of the board and the committee behind APPCU have endeavored to streamline its search for well-deserving individuals.

The Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) was founded in 1974, one year before the formal opening of diplomatic relations between the Republic Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.

As a novel award-giving body, APCU pays special tribute to Filipinos who have made efforts through time in strengthening amity and promoting mutual understanding between the two countries using their respective advocacies and expertise in the various disciplines including mass media and public service; trade and commerce; and arts, culture, and the sciences. All awardees will receive a trophy, a plaque of recognition, and a certificate in an award ceremony to be held on the August 6 of this year. SOVEREIGNPH

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