Inday watches launch of Sulu and China film

Davao City mayor Sara Duterte – Carpio (File Photo)

Davao City mayor Sara Duterte – Carpio graced the launching of the documentary film “Sulu and China: Past and Present Relations” held at the SM Lanang Premier early Tuesday.

The short film was spearheaded by the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University and the Consulate General of China in Davao to present the history of the long standing friendship of both countries sparked by the visit of the Sultan of Sulu, Paduka Pahala (aka Padura Batara) to Beijing 600 years ago.

“Davao City greatly values this relationship with the people of China. We recognize the important contribution the Chinese who came to Davao in the early years and we acknowledge the important role the Filipino-Chinese Davaoeno today in taking Davao City to greater heights,” Duterte, in her speech, said.

Duterte also thanked the launching of the documentary on the relations between China and Sulu in the celebration of the Spring Festival as a reflection of both countries ever strengthening relationship projected on the silver screen.

“We commend the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University as an institute that successfully grants scholarships in China which has been providing portals for Filipinos to learn about the Chinese customs and lifestyle through first-hand experience,” she added.

On the other hand, Dr. Ellen Palanca, Confucius Institute director, said they would like to bring the story of the sultan of Sulu and the Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle back to popular consciousness through a full length documentary produced by Beijing-based Caixin Media Group and Confucius Institute.

The Sulu sultan’s China voyage is notable for cultural and economic exchange during the South East Asian trade then. This marked an episode in history where the Tausug-Chinese flourished in Sulu and Muslim Filipino-Chinese grew in different parts of China.
Today, Chinese communities in the country are important parts of development in business and in culture.

“SM Lanang Premier supports cultural learning and understanding through insightful activities that bring countries and identities together. We celebrate the Philippine history and heritage and our meaningful relationship with China,” said Russel Alaba, AVP for marketing in Mindanao, SM Supermalls.

Also in attendance were Special Envoy to China Ambassador William Lima, Consul General Li Lin, Chinese Director of Ateneo Confucius Institute Dr. Liang Guanghan, UP Islamic Studies professor Darwin Absari, Sultan of Sulu HM Muhammad Fuad Kiram 1, and Mindanao Development Authority chair Datu Abdul Khayr Alonto.