Artistic demonstrations on lantern and woodblock printing, calligraphy, paper cutting, tea art and Peking opera mask painting; traditional Chinese medicine lectures; extensive photo exhibit; and spectacular cultural performances, among many others, filled the successful three-day Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 celebration of Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (CIUPD).

The University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) and the Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines Diliman (CI-UPD) joined forces inoffering International Marketing as an elective course in the Master of Management (MM) program. The weeklong on-the-ground experiential learning and cultural exposure in Xiamen University China made the MM students progressive thinkers in terms of creating change. The students learned the Chinese language and culture for the advancement of grassroots entrepreneurship, and international trade relations. The students gained an in-depth review of the current market and business environment, cultural sensitivities, major trends, and industry sector economic downturns and then focus on a wide range of proven, time-tested business strategies.

MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines and China are embroiled in a dispute over the South China Sea, government employees are learning basic Mandarin to allow them to understand their Chinese counterparts.

About 15 personnel from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the government’s lead communications arm, started a course on basic Mandarin last Friday, according to an article published by Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. About 30 PCOO employees have reportedly signed up for the course.

The 90-hour course is being facilitated by a unit of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines. The institute, which is affiliated with China’s education ministry, aims to promote Chinese language and culture.

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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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Many Filipinos express interest in learning basic Chinese, in hopes of deepening understanding, learning about new culture.

Staff members at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, or PCOO, started learning Mandarin at the Presidential Palace in Manila on April 12, a first for government employees in the Philippine capital.

The 15 students' first lesson, taught by Meng Guangjie, a teacher at the Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines, began with the basics - how to say the name of the PCOO in Chinese.

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Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno of the UPD Confucius Institute is here at the LibRadio booth to discuss and promote the various activities, programs, and scholarships that the UPD CI is offering to the members of the UP community. One of these is the Mandarin classes which the institute offers for free. For more info on the UPD CI's programs and scholarships, kindly refer to this link: