Feilubin,” “Zongtongfu” and “Xinwenbu” were the first three words learned by an initial 15 students of a Mandarin class held at the Palace and taught by a teacher from the University of the Philippines (UP) Confucius Institute.

The three Chinese words meant the Philippines, the Presidential Palace and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), respectively.

The students erupted into laughter when they were told about the meaning of the Mandarin words on flash cards that they repeatedly read aloud.

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