Duterte calls for deeper appreciation of Filipino-Chinese ties

MANILA(PNA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for a deeper appreciation of the interwoven heritage between Filipinos and the Chinese and urged both communities to foster a stronger goodwill between each other.

"May all of us develop a more profound appreciation of our heritage as two distinct yet intertwined peoples, and further fortify the goodwill that we have shared over the years," Duterte said in his Chinese New Year message.

"The government shares the joys and hopes of our Chinese friends and Chinese Filipinos who have found a root and reason for staying in the country. They have enriched the Filipino culture and history on their own," the President said.

Duterte likewise cited the contributions that the Filipino-Chinese community have made to the economy as well as to Philippine culture and history.

"They have contributed to the economy by trade and investments. Their cuisine has been dearly familiar in many Filipino homes. Their philosophy and attitude in life are a wellspring of practical lesson that all of us, regardless of nationality, can learn from," he said.

"To everyone who believes in the miracle of beginnings and who makes a choice for hope against fear, my best wishes on this auspicious season of the Chinese New Year," Duterte said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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