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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