Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno
Outstanding Contribution Awardee for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU) 2021 Laureates
A true academician and esteemed public intellectual, Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno is a Filipino with Chinese ancestry who takes pride in her bicultural roots.
Backed by her robust academic training and relevant professional, corporate and international experience in both private and public sectors, Nepomuceno is a visionary in her own right. In an era where China is no longer viewed as another player but a formidable force to reckon with in globalization, she employs her knowledge and passion in aiding communities to bridge major socio-cultural gaps through language and communication arts.
In 2009, beginning with her hometown of Angeles, Pampanga, she Nepomuceno co-established the Confucius Institute at AUF. Among others, the Institute promotes an understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and the teaching of the Mandarin language.
In 2015, Nepomuceno was welcomed by UP-Diliman to lead the establishment of the Confucius Institute. Over the years, she has built up many ties with government entities, city colleges and universities, as well as the private sector, to the extent that the Confucius Institute at UP-Diliman has now the broadest outreach in Mandarin lessons. In both setups, Nepomuceno holds the distinction of being the pioneer Filipino director.
It is also noteworthy that her commitment to education in general and advocacy for the appreciation of the Chinese language and culture have also benefited Philippine society. Specifically, she initiated and advanced the inclusion of the Mandarin language in the K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) as a Special Program in Foreign Language. The program greatly facilitates the diversification of the skillsets of Filipinos and provides them headway in employment and/or overall personal development.