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The Confucius Institute at the University of the Philippines (CI-UP) celebrated 2018 Mid-Autumn and Confucius Institute Day from September 25-28, 2018. To highlight this year’s theme, “Harmony and Wellness,” CI-UP organized two Traditional Chinese Medicine lectures and acupuncture demonstrations at the University of Makati and University of the Philippine Manila.

CI-UP believes that the time has never been better for giving TCM its relevance in addressing the illnesses that face both modern and traditional societies. Many challenges are faced in efforts to bring traditional medicine into the mainstream of health care, appropriately, effectively, and above all safely in the Philippines.

CI-UPD was privileged to have two distinguished international speakers who will spark awareness on the vitality of TCM culture through axial themes, such as meridian health care, as well as exercise, diet and lifestyle. The highlight of the lectures is the demonstration of a wide range of special acupuncture techniques and a variety of needling techniques.

The TCM experts uncovered the true “Magic of TCM.” 1. DR. QIAN XIAOYAN is a Professor at the Xiamen University’s medical college and has been a TCM practitioner for 30 years. Her expertise in acupuncture is exceptional in cosmetology, facial paralysis, insomnia, weight loss and gynecology. 2. DR. QIMING ZHENG is a Lecturer of TCM and Acupuncture at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City since 2005. He is a Consultant of the Philippine Institute of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Medicine Health Care

CI-UP Director, Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno explains that CI-UP also continuously adds new vigor to the great cause of Chinese language education. It has become an important brand for the promotion of Chinese language and the platform for partnerships in the Education sector (145 city colleges and universities under the League of Cities of the Philippines, Tourism sector (Mandarin classes for tour guides and port personnel in Subic with tens of thousands of Chinese tourists visiting Subic and its environs, brought about by the influx of cruise ship liners now calling on the Port of Subic Bay) the Business sector (Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry and 150 local chambers), and the Government sector (Department of Foreign Affairs-FSI, Bureau of Immigration).

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