The Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding
(APPCU)

APPCU is a novel award-giving body paying special tribute to Filipinos who made efforts through time in promoting friendly ties and mutual understanding between the Philippines and China.

APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony - Hall of Fame Awardees
APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony - Outstanding Awardees
APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony - Major Contribution Awardees
APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony - VIPs
APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony - APCU Board of Directors
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The Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding or APPCU is a joint undertaking spearheaded by the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of the Philippines. It is a novel award-giving body that pays special tribute to Filipinos who have made efforts through time in strengthening friendly ties and promoting mutual understanding between the Philippines and China using their respective advocacies and expertise in the various fields and disciplines of mass media and public service; trade and commerce; and arts, culture, and the sciences.

APPCU was launched on January 16, 2021 when State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo jointly attended the inauguration of the Manila Forum for China-Philippines Relations via video link. The basic rationale behind the launching of APPCU is to actively continue the efforts of promoting friendship between China and the Philippines and to enhance people-to-people exchanges, noting that amity between people holds the key to sound state-to-state relations.

Essentially, the award looks for people who made a mark and contributed much effort through time in the improvement and advancement of Philippines-China bilateral friendly relations and understanding. The award, in essence, promotes the spirit of friendship and understanding between the Philippines and China.

APPCU is an annual undertaking and each year, 10 laureates will be chosen.

Those who are eligible for the awards are Filipino citizens who have committed themselves to the improvement and advancement of Philippines-China bilateral relations using their fields of disciplines and areas of expertise.

APPCU has three (3) award categories. These are:

  • The Hall of Fame category which acknowledges the prestige and stature of the individual, and the immense effort of work the individual has done over time as evidenced by the extent of reach, impact, and reception of the work(s) by communities and societies.
  • The Outstanding Contributions category which recognizes individuals of lesser prominence but has nonetheless made notable contributions in promoting and strengthening Philippines-China bilateral relations, friendship, cooperation, and understanding.
  • The Major Contributions category which recognizes the works of individuals whose works have a growing reach and impact on the lives of specific groups or communities of people at the grassroots level.

All APPCU nominees undergo three rounds of the selection process such as the (1) preliminary or the elimination round; (2) second round of judging; (3) and the third and final round.

The winners of APPCU will receive a trophy or a plaque of recognition, and a certificate. Prize money, on the other hand, will be given to each of the awardees for the Outstanding Contributions and Major Contributions categories. APPCU awardees will be formally recognized in an award ceremony.

APPCU is also in many ways a commemoration of the “Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day” and the day when the formal diplomatic ties and relations were established between the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China on June 9, 1975.

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APPCU 2022 Virtual Press Conference: Launch of the Award for Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU)
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The APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony
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APPCU 2021 Media Forum (September 6, 2021)
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The Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU) 2021
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The APPCU 2021 Laureates
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Interview with APCU past president and current director Dr. Gabby Lopez
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Interview with APCU Deputy Sec. Gen. Peter Laviña and Deputy Speaker Cong. Marcoleta - May 12, 2021
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Interview with APCU Deputy Secretary General Peter Laviña - May 16, 2021
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Interview with Amb. Francis Chua, APPCU Hall of Fame Awardee
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Interview with Professor Rommel Banlaoi
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Interview with Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno
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Interview with Mr. Herman Ka-Mentong Tiu Laurel, APPCU Awardee
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Interview with Dr. and Atty. Apotadera, one of the 10 Laureates of APPCU 2021
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Interview with Teacher John Lucas
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Interview with Mr. Adolfo Ka-Ado Paglinawan, APPCU Awardee
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APPCU 2022 Virtual Press Conference: Launch of the Award for Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU)
APPCU 2022 Virtual Press Conference: Launch of the Award for Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU)
The APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony
The APPCU 2021 Awarding Ceremony
APPCU 2021 Media Forum (September 6, 2021)
APPCU 2021 Media Forum (September 6, 2021)
The Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU) 2021
The Award for Promoting Philippines-China Understanding (APPCU) 2021
The APPCU 2021 Laureates
The APPCU 2021 Laureates
Interview with APCU past president and current director Dr. Gabby Lopez
Interview with APCU past president and current director Dr. Gabby Lopez
Interview with APCU Deputy Sec. Gen. Peter Laviña and Deputy Speaker Cong. Marcoleta - May 12, 2021
Interview with APCU Deputy Sec. Gen. Peter Laviña and Deputy Speaker Cong. Marcoleta - May 12, 2021
Interview with APCU Deputy Secretary General Peter Laviña - May 16, 2021
Interview with APCU Deputy Secretary General Peter Laviña - May 16, 2021
Interview with Amb. Francis Chua, APPCU Hall of Fame Awardee
Interview with Amb. Francis Chua, APPCU Hall of Fame Awardee
Interview with Professor Rommel Banlaoi
Interview with Professor Rommel Banlaoi
Interview with Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno
Interview with Dr. Lourdes Tanhueco-Nepomuceno
Interview with Mr. Herman Ka-Mentong Tiu Laurel, APPCU Awardee
Interview with Mr. Herman Ka-Mentong Tiu Laurel, APPCU Awardee
Interview with Dr. and Atty. Apotadera, one of the 10 Laureates of APPCU 2021
Interview with Dr. and Atty. Apotadera, one of the 10 Laureates of APPCU 2021
Interview with Teacher John Lucas
Interview with Teacher John Lucas
Interview with Mr. Adolfo Ka-Ado Paglinawan, APPCU Awardee
Interview with Mr. Adolfo Ka-Ado Paglinawan, APPCU Awardee
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