Wednesday, May 6, 2015


In an extraordinary gesture of support, officers and members of the Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs (Anvil Business Club) trooped in numbers to witness the 4th Induction and Turnover Ceremonies of the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (菲律賓中國商會), or PCCCI, led by its newly-installed President Wong Cheung Sha (王長沙), the father of dynamic Anvil member Jardin Wong. That evening, the mantle of leadership was formally handed over by outgoing President Jose Go (吳啟發), the man behind the success of the iconic Hi-Top Supermarket.
Anvil's sizable delegation joins more than a thousand guests and well-wishers, including key leaders from the national executive, legislative and local governments, as well as representatives from the major business and charitable associations, who graced the historic event at the Golden Bay Fresh Seafood Restaurant – incidentally owned and managed by the Wong Family – in Pasay City.
No less than Senator Cynthia Aguilar-Villar, who concurrently heads the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food, as well as Government Corporation and Public Enterprises, inducted the new officers for 2015-2017. In her remarks, she thanked the PCCCI leadership for their generous invitation and welcome to be their inspirational speaker during their induction and urged the new officers to "support the development of agriculture through the construction of infrastructure in attracting more investments." She reiterated the importance of focusing on the agriculture sector because "40% of our poor population are dependent on agriculture. Thus, the economic gain for those in the agricultural sector will further boost economic activity and development and help achieve food self-sufficiency for our country."
For his part, His Excellency Zhao Jianhua (趙鑒華), Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, reaffirmed his government's commitment of strengthening bilateral ties with the Philippines, despite the current geo-political challenges that recently soured Sino-Philippine relations. "As Ambassador," Zhao declared, "I shall not allow the 99% bilateral ties which we have established between our two countries be dominated by the 1% misunderstandings we have faced in recent months to define our relationship." He vowed to continue working closely with partners such as the PCCCI in securing a healthier, more vibrant exchange of ideas for the betterment of all.
Newly-inducted President Wong thanked the members of the PCCCI for their trust and confidence in electing him as the 4th president of the association. Citing the long history of the Philippines and Chinese, he urged members to continue fostering and enhancing friendly relations with our Chinese neighbors. "Let us adopt a civil, harmonious, solid co-prosperous platform, working together for a better Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry," he concluded.

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