Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Anvil hosts NingXia Governor and John Gokongwei Jr.

Last night, May 3, Anvil Business Club (ABC) hosted a Filipino-style seafoods dinner for the Governor of Ningxia Autonomous Region of China and his delegation at Zamboanga Restaurant in Malate, Manila, with live entertainment of Filipino music and traditional dances and with taipan John Gokongwei, Jr. as our special guest for this memorable affair.
When the trip of the Ningxia Governor was earlier discussed, our Past Chairman Michael Tan got a piece of big paper and started drawing the map of China---detailing the location of each province and writing their exact Chinese name, to illustrate the location of Ningxia Autonomous Region in the central/western part of China...Anvil Business Club (ABC) was the only group which hosted this Ningxia delegation during their 2-day trip to the Philippines.
Among those who graced the ABC dinner included Chairman George Siy, VPs Bobby Sy and Kenneth Hung, Civics Committee Chairman Eddie Cobankiat, special guest - Manila Chinatown Charity Clinic founder Robert Go, members Peter Dee and his friend Mr. Ong, Aileen Siy, Giselle Solco, Johnson Cheng, and Warren So.
Over dinner, the Governor and his officials said that China-Phil economic cooperation has more opportunities than with other Asian countries, that he welcomes Anvil Business Club (in Mandarin---Fe-Hwa Ching-Nien Chi-yeh-chya Xie-hue) to visit Ningxia region and to invest there. He reminded us that China's national government is focusing its investments promotions and massive infrastructures development in the western provinces of China's interior, like Ninixia, Gansu, Sichuan, etc.
John Gokongwei, Jr. was very supportive of us at Anvil Business Club (ABC) and will be our Speaker this year, he said to me again over dinner. He said our projects to promote Confucian values, entrepreneurial courage and more contacts with booming China are admirable. Gokongwei wants to give us more suggestions to make ABC more dynamic, relevant and have a positive impact for our Chinese community and for our youth generation when he speaks to us. His exacts words to me: "Anvil has vast potential to do a lot, you should have a program, a platform to do things different from other social/business orgs, this Anvil is an excellent organization."

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