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10th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week

Angeles University Foundation-Integrated School (AUF-IS), through the initiatives of Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation  (CI-AUF) attended the 10th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week held in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, People’s Republic of China from July 26-31, 2017.  The CI-AUF delegation represented the country at the event, which was participated in by more than 2,000 school heads, teachers, students and government officials from China, and from 10 ASEAN countries. The Vice Premier of China, Hon. Liu Yandong, graced the opening ceremony where AUF-IS students showcased a traditional Filipino dance performance under the direction of AUF College of Education assistant dean Dr.Joel G. Tubera

The event was organized by the Confucius Headquarters (Hanban) and Guizhou Minzu University. The CI-AUF delegation was composed of 17 students and 8 principals from various Chinese Mandarin implementing schools in the Philippines. Highlights of the event include lectures,cultural trips, and an educational tour at the Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, Fujian Province (the partner institution of CI-AUF in China), held on August 1-6, for a series of lectures and exposure on the Chinese culture.


AUF-CI 6th National Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF), in partnership with the Department of Education, successfully held its 6th National Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language last July 24 and 25 at the AUF Sports and Cultural Complex, Angeles City.

 The two-day conference gathered 317 school heads and teachers from 72 public high schools from all over the country implementing the Chinese Mandarin program under the DepEd’s Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL). This year’s theme, “In Keeping with the New Thrust of DepEd SPFL”, the conference aims to strengthen the capacity of Chinese-Mandarin language teachers to make high school students more globally competitive in the perspective of linguistic diversity.


Chinese New Year

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF)  recently celebrated the Spring Festival at SM City Clark highlighted by the opening of the Experience China Exhibit which was followed by a concert featuring a repertoire of traditional and contemporary Chinese songs and dances. The exhibit opening was led by (left to right) CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Carmela S. Dizon, AUF President Dr. Joseph E.L. Angeles, SM Supermalls Group Marketing Head Ms. Mildred de Castro, Angeles City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Mariano Chua, SM City Clark Assistant Mall Manager Ryan Pamintuan and Amity Club President Eddie Co.  


Mandarin National Conference

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation successfully held its 5th National Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language last January 21 and 22 at the AUF Main Campus, Angeles City. With the theme Meeting the Critical Challenges of K-12, the two-day event gathered 250 school principals and teachers from 72 public high schools across the country implementing the Mandarin program under the Department of Education’s Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).


Mayor Edpam opens CI-AUF exhibit

Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan with wife Herminia, and Angeles University Foundation President Dr. Joseph E.L. Angeles led the kick-off of the Chinese New Year Celebration at SM City Clark organized by the Confucius Institute at AUF. Also presente were (l-r) CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang and Mr. Xu Qiantu, President of the Filipino-Chines Amity Club- Central Luzon Chapter. The on-going exhibit showcases photographs on China's One Belt, One Road initiative plus live calligraphy and traditional tea-making.


Chinese Director

Angeles University Foundation Confucius Institute Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang was conferred the Individual Performance Excellence Award by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in recognition of her outstanding and invaluable service to CI-AU, on December 6, 2015 in Shanghai, PR China. The award was presented by Hon. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council of China and Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.


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Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (center), Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting (3rd left) and Angeles University Foundation Chancellor Emmanuel Y. Angeles ( 3rd right) recently led the opening of the Experience China Exhibit organized by the AUF Confucius Institute in celebration of the Chinese New Year at SM City Clark. Joining them are (l-r) CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan, Dr. Cornelia L. Angeles and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang.


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CONGRATULATIONS! The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) was cited once again as one of the 30 Most Outstanding Confucius Institutes in the World during the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference recently held in Bejing, PR China. AUF Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles personally accepted the recognition from Hon. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council of China and Chair of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters. In 2011, CI-AUF received the same distinction for its outstanding performance in the propagation of Chinese language and culture in the Philippines. This year, 440 Confucius Institutes and 646 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 120 countries and regions, with a total of enrolment of over 850,000 students.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently concluded its 2013 National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language: in partnership with the Department of Education, in Angeles City. With the theme "Nurturing Local Chinese Teachers", the annual event gathered 180 Mandarin teachers from both public and private high schools nationwide.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation recently staged an exhibit and lecture on Chinese Elements in the Filipino Language at the National Library of the Philippines. The opening of the exhibit was led by ( l-r) noted author and translator Joaquin Sy, CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, Chinese Embassy Representative Ms. Zhou Xu, NLP Director-General Atty. Antonio M. Santos and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang.


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Angeles University Foundation and Superl Philippines Inc. recently signed a memorandum of agreement for collaborative work in Mandarin training and education. The MOA signing, which was graced by Chinese Economic Counselor Wu Zhengping (2nd left), was led by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles (center) and Superl Senior Vice President Kinson Yeung ( 2nd left). Also present where Confucius Institute at AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (left) and Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang (right). Superl is a multinational company which manufactures signature bags and luggage, located in Calibutubut, Bacolor, Pampanga.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) led by its Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang (right) and Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (2nd right), in partnership with CI-Ateneo de Manila University (CI-ADMU) and CI - Bulacan State University (CI-BSU), recently led the formal opening of the Chinese Food Festival at the Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City. Also present were (l-r) CI-ADMU Chinese Director Liu Xiao Fang, CI-BSU Chinese Director Li Yanchuan, CI-ADMU Philippine Director Dr. Ellen H. Palanca, Chinese Embassy representative Ms. Zhang Ke and CI-BSU Philippine Director Dr. Cecilia A. Geronimo.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently facilitated the donation of 300 round trip tickets for Filipino teachers who will undergo Mandarin training at the East China Normal University, Shanghai, PR China for a five year period starting 2013 to 2018. Shenzhou Mining Group Corporation (SMGC) Representative Lin Junjie (seated 2nd right) and DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education Director Dr. Lolita M. Andrada ( seated 2nd left) led the signing for the airfare donation worth US$200,000.00 as part of the Immersion Program and Educational Exchange of the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) for Mandarin which is managed by CI-AUF. The turn-over rites was also attended by DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education Assistant Director Jocelyn DR Andaya (seated left), DepEd Undersecretary for Partnership & External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito (seated center), CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (seated right), CI-AUF Chinese DirectorDr. Zhang Shifang ( standing left) and other DepEd principals and SMGC officials.


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Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (3rd left) and Angeles University President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 3rd right) recently led the opening of the Experience China Exhibit organized by the AUF Confucius Institute in celebration of the Chinese New Year at SM City Clark. Joining them are (l-r) CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan, SM City Clark Assistant Mall Manager Mark Herrera and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang.


AUF to celebrate Chinese New Year

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is staging a week-long celebration of the Chinese New Year starting on February 2 at SM City Clark, it was announced by AUF President and CI-AUF Chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The festival starts with the formal opening of the Experience China Exhibit on February 2 with Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and wife Herminia Pamintuan as guests of honor. They will be joined by SM City Clark managers Anna Datu and Mark Herrera, CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang and CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno.

The Experience China Exhibit which will run until February 10, will feature interactive teaching and learning resources, audio-posters, a real-time “photo-me” section with the peking Opera as backdrop, on-the-spot calligraphy and tea-making, and the display of Chinese symbols and ornaments, books, pottery, artwork, and costumes, among others.

The AUF Performing Arts is staging the Spring Festival Concert also on February 2 at 5:00 pm, featuring a repertoire of Chinese classics and contemporary numbers in song and dance. Chinese teachers and students taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chinese Language Teaching are also set to present Chinese song numbers and martial arts exhibition.


GMA 7's Balitanghali covers China Book Room Inauguration

 

 

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Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing ( 3rd right) and Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng (2nd right) recently inaugurated the China Book Room established by the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) at the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in Ermita, Manila.The inauguration was also led by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles (3rd left), NLP Director General Atty. Antonio M. Santos (center), Camel Appliances President William Chan (right), CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang ( 2nd left) and CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (left).


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Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng ( 2nd left), Angeles University Foundation president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( left) and DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education Director Lolita M. Andrada ( center) formally opened the 2012 National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin by the Confucius Institute at AUF. Joining them are CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno ( 2nd right) and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang. The 3-day event gathered 400 teachers of Mandarin from public and private schools nationwide.


CI-AUF, DepEd to hold national conference on Mandarin teaching

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF-CI) in partnership with the Department of Education is staging the “2012 National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language: Optimizing Chinese Teaching Resources”, with Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng as guest of honor and speaker on September 26-28, 2012 at the AUF Main Campus, Angeles City, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The conference will begin with the opening of the Chinese Teaching Resources Exhibition which will be followed by the opening program where DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education Director Dr. Lolita M. Andrada will give keynote address. Atty. Angeles will deliver words of welcome to be followed by the statement of purpose by CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno.

The three-day event will see the gathering of 350 mandarin teachers from public and private high schools nationwide who will be trained on how to optimize Chinese teaching resources for Filipino students. The conference is an off-shoot of the agreement entered into by DepEd and CI-AUF in 2011 to improve the competency of Mandarin teachers. Mandarin is now among the five foreign languages taught in selected high schools across the country as part of DepEd’s Special Program for Foreign Languages (SPFL).


CI-AUF to host language confab

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) in cooperation with the Department of Education is hosting the 5th National Conference on Foreign Languages on July 25-27, 2012 at the AUF Main Campus in Angeles City, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The three-day event will see the gathering of educators, public school administrators, DepEd officials and representatives from Instituto Cervantfes (Spanish), Alliance Francais (French), Japan Foundation (Japanese), Goethe Institut Philippinen (German) and CI- AUF (Mandarin), to discuss plans and issues affecting the implementation of DepEd’s Special Program for Foreign Languages (SPFL).

“As co-host to the 5th SPFL National Conference, CI-AUF shares DepEd’s vision of promoting and emphasizing the impact, influence, and future directions of the SPFL Program”, says CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno.

The event will be formally opened by DepEd Regional Director Dr. Isabelita Borres, DepEd Division Superintendent Dr. Luz C. Arriola and Atty. Angeles, while the keynote address will be given by DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo. DepEd Foreign Language Specialist Rose Ligaya Domingo will deliver the statement of purpose and program overview to be followed by a cultural presentation by the AUF Performing Arts.

Plenary speakers include DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) Director Dr. Lolita M. Andrada, Ms. Domingo, SPFL Mandarin focal person Marivic Tolitol and DepEd BSE Staff Development OIC Bella O. Marinas. Invited as panel discussants are: CHED International Affairs Director Atty. Lily Freida M. Milla, DTI Central Luzon NERBAC Manager Raquel Malig and Cyber City Teleservices COO Almerita D. Leung.

The SPFL aims to prepare students for meaningful interaction in a linguistic and culturally diverse global workplace and develop their understanding and appreciation of other cultures. It has been piloted in public high schools whose students have demonstrated competence in English and are now ready to learn another foreign language. Currently, Spanish is being taught in 54 high schools, Japanese in 14, French in 12, German in 9 and Mandarin in 30 high schools nationwide. ***

Mandarin officially became part of the SPFL Program when CI-AUF signed a MOA with DepEd through the Bureau of Secondary Education on May 23, 2011. The areas of partnership include: training of local teachers, joint development of a curriculum, syllabus, and teaching guide for the teaching of Mandarin as a foreign language. This collaborative effort is a testament to CI-AUF’s commitment to the continuous enhancement and expansion of teaching and learning of Mandarin at all levels of instruction in the Philippine education system.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently sent off 50 Filipino students to attend the Chinese Bridge – Philippine Schools Summer Camp to be held in Bejing and Fuzhou, PR China from May 4-18, 2012. Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng ( 11th from right) and DepEd Asec. Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo (11th from left) graced the send-off ceremonies which was also participated in by the CI- Ateneo de Manila University and CI-Bulacan State University. The CI-AUF delegation was led by CI-AUF Chinese Director Zhang Shifang (9th from left) and CI-AUF Philippine Director Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (10th from left).


Chinese University to hold concerts in RP

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is hosting the 2012 Grand Spring Festival Gala featuring the Shandong Normal University (SDNU) Art Troupe, with Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng as special guest, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The SDNU Art Troupe is scheduled to stage a full concert at AUF on March 13 at the AUF St. Cecilia’s Auditorium, Angeles City, with the AUF Performing Arts as guest performers. The University of the Cordilleras (UC) in Baguio City, meanwhile, will host another concert on March 15 with the UC’s Hapiyoh Mi Cultural Group as guest performers.

Based in China’s Shandong Province, the hometown of Confucius, the group will present a full repertoire of Chinese traditional songs and dances, to be highlighted by their rendition of Peng You (Friends) in Filipino. A martial arts exhibition will also be staged during the concert. The delegation is led by SDNU Vice President Chu Lejuan and SDNU Dean of Music Li Halou.

The SDNU Art Troupe will also stage shows at Ateneo de Manila University on March 12 and at the Bulacan State University on March 14 to be hosted by their respective Confucius Institutes.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation ( CI-AUF) facilitated the donation of 600 Camel electric fans to Sendong-stricken public schools in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. The turn-over of the electric fans to DepEd Undersecretary Lino Rivera (center) was led by Camel Appliances President William Chan (right) and Camel Appliances VP for Sales and Marketing Dennis Perales ( 2nd right) . They are joined by CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno ( (2nd left) and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang ( left).


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New Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Ma Keqing (second row, 6th left) was recently honored in a welcome program by the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF). She is joined here by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (second row, 6th right), AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( second row, 5th right ), AUF Chancellor Emmanuel Y. Angeles ( second row, 5th left), CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno ( second row, 4th left), CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang ( second row, 2nd right), Chinese Volunteer Teachers and special guests.


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CONGRATULATIONS! The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI_-AUF) was recently cited in Beijing as one of the 30 Most Outstanding Confucius Institutes in the world. AUF President and CI-AUF Chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles personally accepted the recognition from Hon. Liu Yandong, Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, State Councilor and Chairperson of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. As of October 2011, 322 Confucius Institutes and 369 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 96 countries and regions, with a total of enrolment of over 360,000 students.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) formally opened the Experience China Exhibit at the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) on January 25. The ribbon-cutting was led by NLP Director-General Atty. Antonio M. Santos (center), Chinese Commercial News Publisher Solomon Yuyitung ( 2nd left), and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles (2nd right), CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (right) and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang (left).Exhibit runs until January 28.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) for the teaching of Mandarin among immigration officers. The MOA signing was led by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles (center) and Immigration Associate Commissioner Atty. Sigfried B. Mison ( 2nd left) during the 2nd anniversary and Spring Festival celebration of CI-AUF held at the Century Park Hotel last January 13. The distinguished witnesses during the MOA signing were (l-r) Fujian Normal University Vice President Xu Ping, Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bai Tian, Chinese Cultural Couselor Chen Yongshan, CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) formally opened its Experience China Exhibit with Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (center) and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 2nd right) leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony last January 18 at SM City Clark. They are joined by (l-r) SM City Clark Assistant Mall Manager Mark Carlo Herrera, CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno and CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang. Staged in celebration of the Chinese New Year and CI-AUF's 2nd anniversary, the exhibit runs until January 23.


AUF Confucius Institute cited in Beijing, to celebrate 2nd anniversary, Chinese New Year

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is set to celebrate its second anniversary and the Spring Festival with Chinese Embassy Charges D’Affaires Bai Tian and Fujian Normal University Vice President Prof. Xu Ming as guest speakers on January 13, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom of the Century Park Hotel in Manila, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The celebration is also in thanksgiving after CI-AUF was cited as one of the 30 most outstanding Confucius Institutes in the world in awarding rites personally attended by Angeles in Beijing last December 12.

As part of its Spring Festival, CI-AUF is slated to formally open the Experience China Exhibit at SM City Clark on January 18, 2012 where Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and his wife, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan have been invited to lead the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon. The weeklong exhibit will showcase China Experience, an interactive way of learning China’s culture; Peking Opera photo-me section with the Peking Opera as backdrop; displays which contain literature and graphics on China’s history, language, art, culture and people; on-the-spot Chinese calligraphy; and on-the-spot traditional tea-making.

The AUF Performing Arts, meanwhile, will stage the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza with a complete repertoire of Chinese traditional songs and dances on January 21, 2012, 5:00 pm at the SM City Clark Events Centre.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) in partnership with the Department of Education recently organized and hosted the “National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language: Optimizing Chinese Teaching Resources” at the AUF Main Campus, Angeles City.The three-day conference gathered 286 mandarin teachers from 85 public and private high schools nationwide who listened to experts and shared their experiences and best practices in Mandarin teaching. As mandated by DepEd, Mandarin is now among the five foreign languages taught in selected high schools across the country.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF) led by its Chairman and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles (left) organized and led the Philippine delegation to the recently concluded cultural and educational diplomacy trip to China which was hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. Photo shows City of San Fernando Mayor and City Mayors League of the Philippines President Oscar S. Rodriguez presenting the traditional Capiz lantern to Hanban Deputy Director General Wang Yongli. They are joined by Iligan City Mayor Lawrence L. Cruz ( 2nd left) , CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno ( 3rd right) and Tangub City Mayor Philip T. Tan ( right).


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Chinese Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan ( 2nd right), DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo ( center ) and Angeles University Foundation President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 2nd right) led the formal opening of the Experience China Exhibit during the National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin being held at the AUF Main Campus, Angeles City, from October 26 to 28. They are joined by Confucius Institute at AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (right) and Confucius Institute at AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang (left) .


CI-AUF, DepEd to hold national conference on Mandarin teaching

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF-CI) in partnership with the Department of Education is staging the National “National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language” with Chinese Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan as keynote speaker, from October 26-28, 2011 at the AUF Main Campus, Angeles City, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The three-day event will see the gathering of 200 mandarin teachers from public and private high schools nationwide who will be trained on how to optimize Chinese teaching resources. The conference is an off-shoot of the agreement entered into by DepEd and CI-AUF to improve the competency of Mandarin teachers. Mandarin is now among the five foreign languages taught in selected high schools across the country.

The conference will begin with the opening of the Experience China Exhibit which will be followed by the program where Counselor Chen, Atty. Angeles and DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo will speak. AUF-CI Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno will give the statement of purpose while DepEd foreign language specialist Rose Ligaya Domingo will give the program orientation.

Plenary speakers include CI-AUF Chinese Director Dr. Zhang Shifang, Philippine Normal University Consultant Dr. Angelita D. Romero, and Chinese professors Lai Lindong, Yang Yang and Huang Dai. The AUF Performing Arts will also stage a cultural extravaganza with a repertoire of Chinese and Filipino classics.


AUF Confucius Institute inks MOA with BOC

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently entered into an agreement with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the training in Mandarin of customs officials and employees, it was announced by AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

“The agreement covers the provision of free Intensive Spoken Chinese lessons to enable participants understand Hanyu Pinyin ( Chinese phonetic system) and converse in dialogues using fundamental sentence patterns”, says CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno.

The program is expected to bring together 80 participants from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport.

“Through this collaboration, we hope to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the Philippines and China by facilitating business and other bilateral activities”, adds Nepomuceno.

Aside from BOC, CI-AUF is also providing Mandarin training to the Department of Education, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.


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Angeles University Foundation senior students taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chinese Language Teaching (BSE-CLT) recently graduated from their one-year study at the Fujian Normal University (FNU) in China. Joined by FNU ICCS Dean Dr. Sha Ping (center), the student scholars are (l-r) Jorem S. Cuenco; Bianca Mariz Espiritu; Amanda Niccola T. Nepomuceno; Kriselle V. Ramos; FNU-ICCS Dean, Prof. Sha Ping; Fatima S. Bagang; Patricia Ann L. Umali, Joanna Pauline A. Cadiang; and Cavin F. Pamintuan. As one of the major projects of the Confucius Institute at AUF (CI-AUF), the BSE-CLT program aims to graduate highly competent Chinese language teachers to meet the demand for Chinese language instruction both here and abroad. The program requires students to spend one year of study in China as Confucius Institute Scholars to immerse in Chinese culture and life.


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DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro and Angeles University Foundation President and Confucius Institute at AUF Chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles recently signed an agreement for the training of public school teachers in mandarin. Under DepEd’s Foreign Language Program, Mandarin will be taught in selected Philippine schools starting June 2011. The MOA signing was graced by Chinese Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan ( 3rd right). Also present were (l-r) DepEd focal person for the Chinese language Ms. Marivic Tolitol, CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno and DepEd’s project lead Ms. Rosa Ligaya C. Domingo.


DepEd launches summer training program for foreign language teachers

PASIG CITY, April 13 (DepEd) -- As the Department of Education beefs up in improving the quality of education in the country, it also continues to invest on its teachers' education and training. Just recently, DepEd, through the Bureau of Secondary Education, launched Summer Training Courses for High School Teachers based on the Special Program in Foreign Language. The training aims to capacitate the teachers on the diverse aspects involved in learning a second or a foreign language.

"We believe that all students deserve quality education. And quality education should be made accessible to everyone because it levels the playing field and is therefore a great equalizer. But we cannot give this to our students if we will not provide our teachers opportunities to acquire the necessary skills and education relevant to the present needs of the education system," said Education Secretary Armin Luistro. DepEd has been pushing for initiatives not only to improve learning outcomes but also to achieve the kind of education in the country that is at par with global standards. It also conducts programs that will enhance the competencies of teachers and upgrade the quality of teaching in public schools by giving them scholarship grants towards their professional advancement.

SPFL is among the department's efforts in enhancing not only public school teachers' but also students' foreign language proficiency and global competencies. Luistro noted that, "knowledge in foreign language will allow us to participate in intellectual discourses during engagement in social, political and economic issues in a wider global and scientific community. And as we communicate our thoughts and understand others, we can further develop our potentials and enhance our capacity in learning life skills, as well as the cognitive and affective competencies, required of us to connect to the world."

Based on DepEd Memorandum No. 94, series 2011, secondary school teachers from various schools nationwide will participate in the simultaneous month-long special program in different foreign languages. These include Spanish, Japanese, French, German, and Chinese.

One hundred four (104) teachers will be given the chance to be trained in Spanish under SPFL. Twenty nine (29) of them are representatives of selected pilot schools who were chosen to integrate the program in the curriculum of their respective localities, while the remaining 75 teachers are delegates from expansion schools.

The Ministry of Education, Embassy of Spain, and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for the Development of the Kingdom of Spain collaborate with DepEd for the SPFL in Spanish. Instituto Cervantes, Manila will serve as the venue from April 11 to May 25, 2011.

A total of 39 teachers from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region VII will participate in SPFL in Japanese. The program is sponsored by Japan Foundation and will be held at the Philippines-Japan Friendship Center, Makati City from April 11 to May 27, 2011.

On the other hand, 9 teachers from NCR will take part in the SPFL in French, while 9 teachers from Region VII will attend the French Language Program – Summer and Face to Face Follow-Through Training. The French program, in coordination with the Alliance Francaise Manila and Cebu, will commence on April 25 to May 21, 2011 at Alliance Francaise Manila and Cebu.

SPFL also offers training in German involving thirty two (32) teachers from NCR. Fifteen (15) of them are new teachers who will attend the training from April 11-May 28 while the remaining 17 are pilot teachers who will attend the May 2-27 training. The program is in partnership with Goethe Institut-Philippines, Makati City.

Meanwhile, Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation will conduct a training on the Chinese language to 6 teachers from April 25-May 31. All teacher participants will be given service credits in accordance with DepEd Order No. 53 s.2003. (DepEd)


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) and the National Grid of the Philippines Corporation (NGCP) recently forged an agreement for joint projects in training and education in Chinese language and culture. The MOA signing was led by NGCP President and CEO Henry Sy, Jr. ( 2nd right) and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 2nd left). They are joined by NGCP Director Jose T. Pardo and CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF-CI) staged the Experience China Exhibit at the formal launch of the Chinese and Filipino Language and Culture Programs of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) held on March 29, 2011 at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao (center), NGCP President and CEO Henry Sy, Jr. (3rd right) and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 3rd left). They are joined by Chinese Economic Counselor Wu Zhengping (partly hidden right), Chinese Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan ( 2nd right), NGCP Director Jose T. Pardo (2nd left) and NGCP Chief Technical Officer Wen Bo.


Chinese mandarin for RP schools

Delegates to the recently concluded 2nd Special Program on Foreign Languages Conference organized by the Department of Education. With the theme, Strengthening Partnerships, Building Alliances, the event was participated in by the Confucius Institute at Angeles UNiversity Foundation, Instituto Cervantes of Spain, Alliance Francaise of France, Japan Foundation and the Goethe Institute of Germany.

Chinese mandarin will be added to the special language programs taught in Philippine schools starting June 2011, according to the Department of Education. DepEd�s special language program currently includes Spanish, French, Japanese, German and Arabic.

�Understanding Chinese Mandarin has become an overwhelming trend as it is presently one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. For Filipino students, to learn Mandarin and to boost the understanding of China and its culture will gives us the competitive edge to engage in the global playing field," said Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, the Philippine Director of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF).

CI-AUF to set to do a pilot run of the program together with its partner public high schools namely: Paoay Lake National High School, Ilocos Norte (Luzon), Mabalo National High School, Cebu City (Visayas), and Zamboanga City National High School-West (Mindanao).

Currently, Spanish is being taught in 54 high schools, Japanese in 14 high schools, French in 12 high schools, and German in 9 high schools. The special programs for foreign languages have been piloted in public high schools, especially those with speech laboratories. They have also been offered to students who are in the last two year-levels of high school where they are allowed certain number of hours weekly to learn the language.

DepEd�s Special Program in Foreign Language is designed for high schools whose students have demonstrated competence first in English before they start to learn another foreign language. To prepare local teachers in teaching the foreign languages, DepEd partnered with the Office of Chinese Language Council International or Hanban, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and CI-AUF for the teaching of Mandarin.


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Chinese volunteer teachers and staff of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation led by CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (center) participated in the recently concluded 2nd Special Program on Foreign Languages Conference organized by the Department of Education. With the theme, Strengthening Partnerships, Building Alliances, the event was also participated in by Instituto Cervantes of Spain, Alliance Francaise of France, Japan Foundation and the Goethe Institute of Germany.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation celebrated its first anniversary on February 16, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn Resort Clark, with Chinese Embassy Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan (9th left), AUF Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles ( 10th right) and AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles ( 8th left), who are flanked by Fujian Normal University (FNU) officials, officers of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and members of the FNU Art Ensemble (foreground).


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently staged the Experience China Exhibit at the University of the Philippines GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium, as part of its first anniversary celebration. The formal opening was led by newly installed UP President Alfredo E. Pascual ( 3rd left) and Fujian Normal University Chairman Luo Ying (3rd right). They are joined by (l-r) Chinese Cultural Counselor Chen Yongshan, AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, Chinese Embassy OIC and Political Counselor Bai Tian, and Dr. Alfonso Uy, President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently staged the Experience China Exhibit at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) as part of its first anniversary celebration. The formal opening was led by UST Vice Rector Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P. (3rd left) and Fujian Normal University Chairman Luo Ying (3rd right). They are joined by (l-r) Chinese Embassy representative Zhang Ling Ou, UST alumnus and past president of the Federation of Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr. Robin C. Sy, Dominican Prior Provincial Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedergosa, Jr., OP, and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.


AUF Confucius Institute stages Chinese road show

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is staging a series of road shows in celebration of its first year anniversary, it was announced by AUF president and CI-AUF chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

CI-AUF, in partnership with the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Beijing) and the Fujian Normal University ( Fujian Province, PR China), will stage “Jasmine Brings Spring to the Philippines: A Cultural Presentation” at the University of the Philippines on February 11, University of Santo Tomas on February 12, Bulacan State University on February 14 and Ateneo de Manila University on February 15.

The FNU Art Ensemble and AUF Performing Arts will present well-loved Chinese classics both in song and dance. At UP, they will be joined by the UP Tugma while at UST, they will be performing with the acclaimed UST Singers and UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.

“As we celebrate the first anniversary of CI-AUF we wish to express our profound appreciation for the support provided by HANBAN and the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Fujian Normal University (FNU), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Education, and all our generous partners. Our success is founded on your encouragement and cooperation”, says Angeles.

The road show will culminate with a grand performance during the first anniversary celebration of CI-AUF on February 16 to be held at the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn Resort, Clark Freeport Zone.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) culminated its Spring New Year Celebration with a grand show featuring Chinese traditional songs and dances performed by the AUF Performing Arts on February 5, 2011 at SM City Clark. In photo with the all-Filipino performers are (l-r) AUF-CI Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, CI-AUF Chinese Director Zhang Shifang, Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles, Dr. Cornelia L. Angeles, Mathew and Theodore Angeles, and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) ushered in the Year of the Rabbit with the Experience China Exhibit formally opened by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ( 3rd right) and wife Herminia (2nd right) at SM City Clark yesterday. Joining them are (l-r) AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, SM Supermalls VP for Marketing and Communications Millie Dizon, Atty. Marianne Angeles; CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes Nepomuceno and CI-AUF Chinese Director Zhang Shifang. Exhibit runs until February 6.


AUFs Confucius Institute to celebrate 1st anniversary

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation ( CI-AUF) is set to celebrate its first anniversary in February with a roster of month-long activities, it was announced by AUF president and CI-AUF chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The celebration will kick-off with the Spring New Year Festival or the Chinese New Year from February 1-6 at SM City Clark. The Experience China Exhibit will formally open on February 1 at the SM City Clark Main Lobby with Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and wife, Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan, leading the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The CI-AUF Chinese Movie Festival will be on February 2 and 4 at CM City Clark Cinema 6 and will feature the following globally acclaimed Chinese films released in 2010: 83rd Academy Award nominee Aftershock, Jet Li’s first full drama film Ocean Heaven, Hong Kong romantic comedy Hot Summer Days and hip urban comedy Go Lala Go! Admission to the said movies is free.

The AUF Performing Arts and Chinese volunteer teachers from the Fujian Normal University (FNU) will stage a cultural extravaganza to cap the Chinese new year celebration with a repertoire of Filipino and Chinese favorites on February 5 at the SM City Clark Events Centre.

On February 11 at 4:30 pm, a cultural show entitled Jasmine Fragrance Brings Spring to the Philippines will be staged at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, UP Diliman, featuring the FNU Art Troupe and the AUF Performing Arts. The first of a series of shows, the concert premiere will have Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao, UP President Dr. Fred Pascual and FNU Chairman Luo Ying as special guests and speakers. The same cultural show will be staged at the University of Santo Tomas on February 12, Bulacan State University on February 14 and Ateneo de Manila University on February 15.

The CI-AUF anniversary celebration will culminate in a special program to be held on February 16 at the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn Resort featuring an exhibit, and concert with the FNU Art Troupe and the AUF Performing Arts.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) and the Foreign Service Institute under the Department of Foreign Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the former to provide in-house training on Chinese Mandarin and culture to FSI officials and staff starting January 2011. The MOU signing was led by FSI Acting Director Ambassador Laura del Rosario ( left) and CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno (right). They are joined by Chinese volunteer teachers from the Fujian Normal University who handle the classes.


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Chinese volunteer teachers of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) pose with City of San Fernando, Pampanga Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles during the Experience China Exhibit held in celebration of the 35th anniversary celebration of RP-China relations on November 16-17, 2010 at SM City Pampanga.


Confucius Institute at AUF to stage exhibit on China

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of RP-China diplomatic relations, the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is staging “Experience China: An Exhibit” at SM City Pampanga on November 16 & 17, 2010 it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang were invited to formally open the exhibit on November 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm at the Bldg. 3 of SM City Pampanga. The exhibit will showcase the following: China Experience, an interactive way of learning China’s culture; Peking Opera photo-me” section with the Peking Opera as backdrop; CI-AUF displays which contain literature and graphics on China’s history, language, art, culture and people; On-the-spot Chinese calligraphy; On-the-spot traditional tea-making; Panel boards that present materials and explanation of Chinese horoscope, images and common symbols.

The CI-AUF was established in January 2010 and has since been at the forefront of promoting Chinese language, history, culture and the arts in Central Luzon. Interested parties may call (045) 625-2888 local 831.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) led the delegation for the Chinese Bridge – Philippine Secondary Schools Summer Camp which is ongoing at Fujian Normal University (FNU) - one of China’s most prestigious teaching universities. Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao (center) and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC (not in photo) addressed the delegation during the send-off ceremony on October 26, 2010 held at the La Salle Green Hills (LSGH). The delegates are joined by ( l-r) LSGH President Bro. Felipe C. Belleza Jr., FSC; FNU Coordinator Fan Qihuan; CI-AUF Chinese Director Zhang Shifang, CI-AUF Philippine Director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce President, Dr. Alfonso A. Uy, and AUF President Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles. Supported by the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the summer camp is organized to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.


100 Pinoy top students off to China summer camp

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) led by AUF President and CI-AUF Chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles has organized a delegation for the Chinese Bridge – Philippine Secondary Schools Summer Camp to be held from October 26 – November 7, 2010 at the Fujian Normal University (FNU) - one of China’s most prestigious teaching universities with a history of 103 years.

The delegation is composed of 100 outstanding Filipino high school students and supervisors from 18 high schools across the country who will participate in the two-week Chinese Language Study and Cultural Experience with outstanding Chinese high school students from FNU.

Organized in celebration of the 35th anniversary of RP-China diplomatic relations, the summer camp is sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao and DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, will address the delegation during the Send-Off Ceremony set on October 26, 2010 at the La Salle Green Hills Auditorium.

This project aims at encouraging Filipino students to learn Chinese, enhance their understanding of Chinese language and culture, and improve the communication between Philippine and Chinese middle school students.

The following schools are participating in the summer camp: Angeles University Foundation Integrated School, La Salle Green Hills, University of the Philippines Integrated School, San Beda College, Assumption Antipolo, Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School, Makati High School, The Philippine Chinese Language & Culture Institute, Jose Abad Santos High School, Manila Science High School, Araullo High School, Saint Jude Catholic School, De La Salle Lipa, Olongapo City National High School, Pasay City Science High School, Northwestern Visayan Colleges, University of St. La Salle Lipa, and Psalms Academy School.


Confucius Institute at AUF to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is set to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival on September 22, 2010 at the AUF Confucius Garden, it was announced by AUF president and CI-AUF chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The program starts with the words of welcome by Angeles to be followed by special numbers by the AUF Concert Chorus and Chinese volunteer teachers. One highlight of the event is the playing of the traditional moon cake dice games to be participated in by special guests from the government, education and business sectors.

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Cake Festival is a popular harvest and thanksgiving festival celebrated by the Chinese, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The celebration is all about abundance and family reunion, and the traditional food of this festival is the moon cake, of which there are many varieties.


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Angeles City, Philippines � The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation led by its Chairman and AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles held a memorial service last August 31 at the AUF Confucius Garden in honor of the Chinese hostage victims. �We pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the victims of this tragedy. May justice be done�, writes Angeles.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) led the Philippine delegation to the Chinese Bridge for Foreign Schools Program of the Chinese Language Council International or HANBAN, held at the Xiamen Pan Pacific Hotel, Xiamen, PR China, from July 26 to August 1, 2010. High School and elementary principals from 23 schools across the Philippines participated in the study tour to improve their understanding of China and encourage the growth of Chinese language programs in their respective schools.


AUF Confucius Institute to hold economic briefing

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) will hold an economic briefing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of RP-China relations with Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao as keynote speaker, on June 26, 2010 at the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn Clark, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

Commission on Higher Education chairman Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles will speak on RP & China: Prospects and Challenges on Education while Special Envoy for Trade Negotiations Ambassador Donald G. Dee will discuss Doing Business with China: The Philippine Experience.

Dubbed “The Philippines and China in the Global Economy: Prospects and Challenges” the economic briefing is organized in cooperation with the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MACCII).

“We believe that this event is timely and relevant given that China is projected to become the 2nd largest trading partner of the Philippines this year”, says AUF president Angeles.

A luncheon fellowship courtesy of CI-AUF will follow the event. Registration is also free. Interested parties may call (045) 625-2888 local 747.

The CI-AUF was established in January 2010 and has since been at the forefront of promoting Chinese language, history, culture and the arts in Central Luzon.


AUF to offer degree in Chinese language teaching

Angeles University Foundation will offer Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Chinese Language Teaching starting June 2010, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

As one of the major projects of the Confucius Institute at AUF (CI-AUF), the program aims to graduate highly competent Chinese language teachers to meet the demand for Chinese language instruction both here and abroad. Quality instruction is ensured by a faculty roster composed of Chinese teachers from Fujian Normal University possessing graduate degrees and rich professional experience. Fujian Normal University is AUF’s partner institution and one of China’s most prestigious teaching universities.The program also requires students to spend one year of study in China as Confucius Institute Scholars at the Fujian Normal University.

The first batch of scholars are scheduled to leave in September 2010 to undergo a year of immersion in Chinese culture and life. The delegation is composed of Fatima S. Bagang, Joanna Pauline Cadiang, Joerem Cuenco, Bianca Mariz Espiritu, Amanda Niccola Nepomuceno, Cavin Pamintuan, Krisselle Ramos and Patricia Ann Umali.


AUF to offer Chinese courses

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) will start offering again short courses in Chinese language and arts in June 2010, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

“Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and China’s bullish economy is expected to cause tremendous rippling effects to Philippine business and industry. Doing business with China in one tongue is certainly convenient and advantageous for Filipinos”, says Angeles.

The following courses will be provided for free for a limited time to AUF officials, faculty and students: Practical Spoken Chinese, Business Chinese, Happy Chinese for Children, and Calligraphy. Said classes are also open to the public at special rates .

“These Chinese courses are expected to provide its students the competitive advantage to engage and participate in the global playing field”, adds Angeles.

The CI-AUF was established in January 2010 and has since been at the forefront of promoting Chinese language, history, culture and the arts in Central Luzon. Interested parties may call (045) 625-2888 local 831.


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The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) recently opened its week-long Experience China Exhibit at SM City Clark staged in the observance of the Chinese New Year. The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon was led by Angeles City Mayor Francis �Blueboy� Nepomuceno. He is assisted by (l-r) CI-AUF Philippine director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, AC Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Freddie So, Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Marco Nepomuceno, and CI-AUF Chinese Director Zhang Shifang.


Confucius Institute at AUF to celebrate Chinese new year

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation is staging a weeklong celebration of the Chinese new year from February 8-13, 2010 in partnership with SM City Clark, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

Dubbed Experience China 2010, the event kicks off with the opening of exhibits on February 8 at the SM City Clark Entrance Lobby which will feature unique interactive and electronic learning tools for mall goers to experience. On-the-spot tea-making, calligraphy and Chinese cooking will also be demonstrated. Famous Chinese symbols, images and art pieces will also be on display. A photo-me section with the Peking Opera as backdrop is another major attraction of the exhibit.

A cultural extravaganza by the AUF Performing Arts and Fujian Normal University (FNU) faculty members will cap the weeklong celebration on February 13 with a repertoire of love songs around the world, and traditional Chinese songs and dances.

The Confucius Institute at AUF was established last January in partnership with FNU and the Office of Chinese Language International (Hanban) to promote Chinese language, culture and arts, and to strengthen AUF’s institutional capacity to engage in inter-cultural activities with contemporary China .

To date, Hanban has established 282 Confucius Institutes in 88 countries around the world. Home universities include the University of California – Los Angeles ( USA ), University of Sheffield (UK), Waseda University ( Japan ), University of Auckland ( New Zealand ), Chulalangkorn University ( Thailand ), Nanyang Technological University ( Singapore ), University of Vienna ( Austria ), etc.


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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Hanban Director-General Dr. Xu Lin ( 2nd left) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Liu Jianchao led the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation on January 15 in Angeles City; (l-r) Fujian Normal University President Dr. Huang Hansheng, AUF Chairman and San Fernando Pampanga Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D., Commission on Higher Education Chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles, Philippine Special Envoy to China Francis Chua, and Sec. Edgardo Pamintuan.


AUF to inaugurate Confucius Institute

Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is set to inaugurate on January 15 it’s Confucius Institute with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as special guest of honor, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

“The establishment of the Confucius Institute at AUF (CI-AUF) in cooperation with Fujian Normal University (FNU) augurs well for the Kapampangan region as it will allow AUF to promote Chinese language and culture, and strengthen its institutional capacity to engage in inter-cultural activities with contemporary China. The CI-AUF is a fruition of a dream we have worked hard for since 2006”, says Angeles.

The event will be graced Hanban’s director-general and CEO Dr. Xu Lin, Chinese ambassador Liu Jianchao, RP’s special envoy for trade and industry Francis Chua, CHED chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles, FNU president Huang Hansheng, among other dignitaries.

According to CI-AUF China director Prof. Zhang Shifang and Philippine director Dr. Lourdes T. Nepomuceno, the Institute was established to promote and develop the teaching of Chinese language and culture; strengthen bilateral relations with local Chinese communities and partner institutions in China; showcase contemporary Chinese popular art and media; deepen diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China; and emerge as the nerve center of Chinese resources and information. The implementation of the CI-AUF’s project shall be in collaboration with FNU which has an exisitng partnership with AUF.

The CI-AUF has mapped its short and long term plans in the following key areas: (1) education, training and research; (2) recreation, culture and the arts; (3) strategic linkages and collaboration (4) facilities and infrastructure development (5) healthcare delivery.

The establishment of the CI-AUF was supported by the Chinese Language Council International or Hanban by virtue of a memorandum of agreement entered into with AUF in October 2009.

Hanban is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. It is committed to make the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world, and to contribute to the formation of a world of cultural diversity and harmony. To date, Hanban has established 282 Confucius Institutes in 88 countries around the world found in prestigious universities such as, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Michigan, George Mason University, Nanyang Technological University, Sheffield University, Chulalangkorn University, University of Auckland, Waseda University, among others.