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Legarda Joins Filipino-Chinese Community in Celebrating 2013 Chinese New Year

February 9, 2013

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EXPRESSED SOLIDARITY WITH THE FILIPINO-CHINESE COMMUNITY AS SHE ENJOINED ALL FILIPINOS TO SHARE IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE 2013 CHINESE NEW YEAR.
“I wish to extend my warmest greetings to all Filipino-Chinese on the occasion of the 2013 Chinese New Year. The Filipino-Chinese community has played a key role in the economic and cultural development of the country. They are known not only for their acumen in entrepreneurship, but also for their deep sense of volunteerism and corporate social responsibility,” Legarda said.
“For centuries, Filipino and Chinese communities have had extensive ties. Our relationship then was primarily built on trade and commerce, but it has gradually evolved so as to encompass the economic, and socio-cultural history of the Philippines,” she added. “We must cultivate the good relationship that our two cultures have forged.”
Legarda is co-author of the bill declaring the Chinese New Year as a special working holiday in the Philippines. The proposed measure has been approved by both the Senate and the House.
“Under this bill, we aim to recognize the immense contribution of the Filipino-Chinese in the Philippines and further strengthen the ties that bind us,” she concluded.