Amid row, a center for PH-China friendship thrives in Angeles City


Angeles University Foundation PHOTO FROM AUDF.ORG

ANGELES CITY, Philippines—A center that teaches Mandarin and Chinese culture at a university here has been strengthening friendship and understanding among Filipinos and Chinese amid political tension arising from a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“It’s for friendship … so we can understand each other,” said Zhang Shifang of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF), which the Chinese government established in 2010.

Zhang, 41, heads the CI-AUF, the third in the Philippines. The first Confucius Institute was set up at Ateneo de Manila University in 2006 and another opened at Bulacan State University in 2009.

The Confucius Institutes in the Philippines are among 358 centers in 105 countries so far, said Lourdes Nepomuceno, CI-AUF director.

Although the Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea, the two teachers avoided the topic in an interview before the Chinese New Year.

“We leave the political side to experts,” Zhang said. “We are just promoting language and culture. This is cultural diplomacy.”


On Jan. 12, Education Secretary Armin Luistro recognized the CI-AUF as the lead institution for the training of local Chinese teachers for a special language program in Mandarin.

Liu Yandong, a Politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of the council of the Confucius Institute in Beijing, cited the facility in the 50-year-old AUF as one of the 30 most outstanding CIs in the world in 2011.

“The recognition comes because of the quality of the program. It has influenced mainstream government,” Nepomuceno said, referring to partnerships made chiefly with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Customs and the National Library.

“Others think the center promotes the philosophy of Confucius or it is religious. It’s not,” she said. She likened the Confucius Institute to the Goethe Institute of Germany, Instituto de Cervantes of Spain, and British Council of the United Kingdom.

The CI-AUF’s partner is Fujian Normal University (FNU), said to be one of China’s oldest and most respected universities. It sends volunteer teachers to CI-AUF’s language and arts classes. The center has 50 teachers.

Mandarin classes

Top students in Grades 7 to 12 will start taking Mandarin next year through a 40-hour module as part of a career path.

The CI-AUF, also in partnership with the DepEd, has trained 300 teachers in the last two summers to teach Mandarin. Those who passed the Chinese proficiency test have been teaching in pilot schools in Paoay Lake National High School in Ilocos Norte, Mabolo National High School in Cebu City, and Zamboanga West National High School in Zamboanga City.

At least 60 teachers will be sent to Shanghai this summer for cultural immersion as a requirement for a certificate course.

The CI-AUF has opened a China book room at the National Library to be a “window to China.”

Learning Mandarin can be practical, too, according to Zhang, who shared the experience of a Filipino who landed a job in Macau although his language skill was poor.

The CI-AUF is going to graduate its first batch of eight scholars in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chinese language teaching in April.

The CI-AUF has grown because the host university, through its chairman, Joseph Emmanuel Angeles, and its chancellor, former Commission on Higher Education Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, support the program, Zhang said.

Being a nonprofit institution, the CI-AUF can teach Mandarin at a cost of only P3,500 for a 40-hour module.

“Mandarin’s the new English,” Nepomuceno said.

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  • bigdaddy

    Daku Akong Utin – usa ka ka ugok. Ang mga liwat nimo mga traydor. Dakog utin pero gamay ug utok. ha ha ha.

    • Mazza02

       Intsik kass sya eh

  • Pangkatbukid

    The chinese are two face.While in China they instigate to hate Filipinos, they are making friendship kuno here.What’s the hidden agenda?I’m telling you eversince we cannot be friends until you don’t know how to respect us,you can tell that to your puppet here but not us.                                                                                                                                              P.S. I know which side i am,by the times come we know who will be collected. 

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Itong si Nepumuceno ay isang tunay na tusong pulitiko at negosyante. Kaysa turuan mo ang mga kababayan mong kapampangan  na mag aral ng mandarin mabuti pa ay mag pa project ka ng School building at scholarship para sa mga kabataan at kababaihan na nagiging prostitute sa Angeles, iyon man lang ay makatulong ka sa mga kababayan mong Cabalen na naliliko ng landas…

    • damiranda126

       90% of the prostitutes in Angeles City are from Southern Philippines.  Just to let you know.

      • Simoun Magaalahas

        Alam ko at common na may ari ng mga  bars ay politiko at mga ma impluwensyang tao sa  pampanga. wala akong makita nagagawang na matino sa lugar ng angeles ang mga politiko lalo na sa time ng mga nepumuseno dahil lalong dumadami ang drug trafficking at prostitution sa lugar ng angeles at dau..

  • greg

    dyan nag aral si renato reyes at sa si teddy casino sa school na yan kaya mga walang pag iisip kaya isip intsik, 

  • Pangkatbukid

    You see, these china man how disrespectful they are,they called Filipinos dumb, look down and insult those who expressed their feelings and opinions,not in their country but in our homeland.You,who need to go back to school and learn how to practice courtesy and right conduct, especially, if you are visitors in foreign land.

    • Mcay

      Mandarin Chinese language is not good for Filipinos. You cannot find Job by studying such language. Nipponggo, English, Spanish, Germans, Swiss, and Italians. High paying Jobs wait for you if you know those languages. But Mandarin is useless. Even Chinese in China spend thousands of dollars to study English and they even cheated in their IELTS and TOEFL exams.

  • joboni96

    kung ang imperyalista
    may hollywood na pang brainwash

    intsik switik may confucius institute
    para pa beliven mga pilipino

    magaral kayo ng kulturang pilipino
    hindi ng dayuhang mananakop

    • Mcay

      Mandarin Chinese language is not good for Filipinos. You cannot find Job by studying such language. Nipponggo, English, Spanish, Germans, Swiss, and Italians. High paying Jobs wait for you if you know those languages. But Mandarin is useless. Even Chinese in China spend thousands of dollars to study English and they even cheated in their IELTS and TOEFL exams.

      • joboni96


        magaral muna kayo
        ng kulturang pilipino

  • bugoybanggers

    Ang Angeles City ay sa LUZON, may dugo ngang BUWAYA.. Sila mismo ang nagsasabi na 80% sa dugo ng taga LUZON nananalantay ang dugong INSTIK.. naniniwala sa FUNG FUNG.. kunwari kaaway ng CHINA pero lahing duwag at TRAYDOR.. Gusto nila sila lang at walang ng iba ang FIRST CLASS FILIPINO CITIZEN WATCH! Ang PILIPINO ay TAGALOG! ANG TAGALOG ay TAGA LUZON, ANG LUZON ay pagmamay ari ng CHINA, kaya WAG MAG TIWALA SA MGA DRAMA ng TAGA LUZON!

    • Mcay

      Mandarin Chinese language is not good for Filipinos. You cannot find Job by studying such language. Nipponggo, English, Spanish, Germans, Swiss, and Italians. High paying Jobs wait for you if you know those languages. But Mandarin is useless. Even Chinese in China spend thousands of dollars to study English and they even cheated in their IELTS and TOEFL exams.

    • jerome

      Sana lang wala ka sa luzon

      • bugoybanggers

        Sambahin mo ang mga TSEKWA bukod sa KANO.

      • jerome

         pasensya na di ako marunong sumamba…bakit ikaw sino sinasamba mo?

  • Mcay

    Mandarin Chinese language is not good for Filipinos. You cannot find Job by studying such language. Nipponggo, English, Spanish, Germans, Swiss, and Italians. High paying Jobs wait for you if you know those languages. But Mandarin is useless. Even Chinese in China spend thousands of dollars to study English and they even cheated in their IELTS and TOEFL exams.

  • laluzcinco

    This  is  Pure Communism masquerading under the guise of teaching Confucianism  to our young students. I hope our  educators  should have the discerment to stop  these right away before we become a Communist country and lose all our Freedom. I don’t want to sound alarmist but.the article says it all. L I U  YANDONG, a  POLITBURO member of  THE  CHINESE  COMMUNIST  PARTY  and  CHAIRMAN  of  THE  COUNCIL  of  THE  CONFUCIUS  INSTITUTE in BEIJING have all his support  to the Program. What could be more clearer than that. Let us not forget Communists  are well trained at Deceiving other people especially the ones who are naived.They use all kind of tricks including BRIBERY and more BRIBERY in order to advance their GODLESS, MURDEROUS, COMMUNISTIC AGENDA.My question is their Chinese culture under Communism better than ours.? I don’t think so, because if it were  then Communist China would not have massacred its own people of 40 million plus under Mao Tse Tung during The Cultural Revolution.Are we that stupid to study and learn evil Communist Chinese culture and send our graduate students there to be brainwashed and become traitors  against our people? Mag-ingat sa mabuting Pakita nang mga Tsekwa. Mga AHAS ang mga iyan. Kung natatandahan ninyo sa BIBLIA ang simbulo nang AHAS ay si S A T A N A S ! Kaya mga Kababayan ulitin ko MAG-INGAT nang HUSTO pagdating sa mga INTSIK, lalung laluna ang ating mga KABABAIHAN.

  • mountainecho

    Why are you guys so riled up about the news?  What’s the big deal?  If there is demand to learn Chinese, so be it.  In fact, you should encourage it.  Think about it.  China has 5 thousand years of continuous civilization, and it is re-emerging fast as a new super power.  It just overtook the US as the largest trading nation on earth.  China’s achievement is real and couldn’t have happened by accident.  So there must be a wealth of wisdom and knowledge one can learn from their achievement.  For those of you who sees nothing good about China, who spew venom and spit at China and trashing it every chance you get, have you been to China to see with your own eyes how the Chinese live, ask them how they feel about their changing lives compared to 30 years ago?  As one measurement, Philippines’ per capita GDP was several times that of China’s 30 years ago, but now the situation has reversed, so what’s up with that?  Just about all the ASEAN countries have China now as their biggest trading partners, even including those with rival territorial disputes with China or traditional US partners or allies.  This includes India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, and even Korea and Japan.  Philippines is the lone holdout that doesn’t know and doesn’t care about profiting from trade with China.  Oh yeah the Chinese language.  Many thousands of Chinese students, including many sponsored by the Chinese government, go abroad to study English, technology, modern management techniques, and other aspects of science and culture and even ways of government from Western nations, with the hope of some of them bringing home those knowledge.  So why are the Filipinos so scared of learning about Chinese language and culture?  One doesn’t have to accept everything he or she learns, but only takes what’s useful.  Mandarin is a skill that could unlock the doors of opportunities in dealing with the largest trading nation on earth.  CIA is recruiting Chinese speakers as agents, and West Point has China’s Art of War in its curriculum.  The British is courting China to allow it to host a major currency exchange hub for the Chinese yuan.  The Indians are setting up shops in China to do business there, including IT giant such as Wipro.  And my next door neighbor in Metro Manila, a Spaniard guy, had the foresight to hire a Chinese tutor to teach Mandarin to his 7-year old boy more than 30 years ago!  So don’t be left behind.  Don’t be scared.  Have confidence in your countrymen to learn and adapt what is good for themselves and for the country.  China certainly wasn’t afraid of learning English, why should the Filipinos about learning Chinese?  Think about it. 

    • laluzcinco

      Lies, Deceits, and  making up nice sounding Persuasive Words, are some of the effective weapons employed by the Communist in order to convert unsuspecting people to join their pernicious ideology.The above mentioned is a glaring example of their Lies That China’s real achievement  came from the wealth of wisdom and Chinese knowledge is nothing but Hogwash !
      The undenial Truth of China’s progress came about not of their own wisdom but SOLELY from the Brains and Prowess in Manufacturing and Technologies of the AMERICANS and EUROPEANS which they brought to China made possible through THE OPEN POLICY under President NIXON. The Military might which China boast about even threatening other smaller country in the region were either COPIED and STOLEN TECHNOLOGIES from the WEST.
      To say they were made by the Chinese is a Total Lie.l.Just to make my point clear the incapabilities of the Chinese is once again demonstrated in The Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution initiated by Mao Tse Tung whose goal is to improve the economy and catch up with the rest of the world was a complete Failure.Mind you it was a 10 plan devlopment from 1966-1976 yet nothing significant came out from it. As a result  Mao Tse Tung was sidelined and he later on exact a terrible vengeance against his own people..

      • mountainecho

        To quote Hillary Clinton’s words in an interview when she visited China last year, the US has contributed to China’s development, but it was mainly the hard work of the Chinese themselves that has made the development such a success.  Of course, this is common sense to most people.  A lot of developing countries are studying China’s experience to gain insight that might help their own development.  Even a country as big and fast developing as India, a country no less democratic than the Philippines, is studying the China model.  For example, India is setting up special economic zones to try new investment policies, just like China.  It has also learned to leverage India’s huge market in exchange for western technologies, such as attaching conditions to the purchase of French Rafale fighter jets and Russian Sukhoi Su-30 MKI that after the initial batches from those countries, the rest will be manufactured in India, with technology transfers.  As a matter of industrial policy, India now requires all foreign mobile equipment vendors to find domestic partners in order to gain access to Indian market.  These are all part of the China experience that many other countries can learn from to benefit their own people.  For the last 30 years or so, China has presented the West with a lot of opportunities to profit from its vast market and low-cost labor, and has wisely leveraged those cards to gain technology expertise and Western know-how.  China has played its cards so well that today, even a section of San Francisco’s new Bay Bridge is manufactured and shipped from China, to California government’s new exacting quality standard.

        To those whose impression of China is still that of the Mao era more than 30 years ago:  Wake up to the new reality.  America has.  India has.  Japan has.  Most of the Filipinos have.  Have you? 

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