MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day is celebrated on June 9 every year.

It is a day set aside to celebrate the cordial friendship between the Philippines and China despite global issues. It coincides with the day that official diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China were established.

Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day was created under Proclamation No. 148 and was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2002.

Both countries have a lot of shared history, common traditions, and culture.

On this day, every Filipino and Chinese, whether living in the country or staying abroad, are encouraged to strengthen their bond with the other nation’s citizens.

In connection to this, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. expressed his intent to further elevate the Philippines’ partnership with China in the areas of tourism, agriculture, trade and investment and infrastructure.

“Before the establishment of formal Philippines-China diplomatic relations under my father, President Ferdinand E. Marcos, I am proud to have been part in laying the groundwork as former First Lady Imelda Marcos and I had the chance to interact with former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong in 1974, paving the way for my father’s historic visit to China in 1975,” Marcos recalled.

“This groundbreaking visit ultimately led to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between our two nations. This momentous occasion 48 years ago served to further deepen our already strong and enduring people-to-people linkages,” he added.

The bilateral partnership between the Philippines and China has reached unprecedented levels in terms of political cooperation, security and regional cooperation, trade, investment, agriculture, tourism, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.