Committee Members

2022 APPCU Committee

Mr. Sixto Benedicto

Chairman

He is the first Vice-Chairman of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the President of Benedicto Steel Corporation, CLB Engineering & Supply, Inc., CLB Global Trading Corporation & Benedicto Cebu Link Inc. He is also the Chairman of Manpower, Development & Certification of the Association of Carriers & Equipment Lessors (ACEL), and a Makati Business Club (MBC) member. He serves as the Director of Rotary Club of Manila District 3810 for 2021-2022. Mr. Benedicto is a Philosophy graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Ms. Anna Rosario Malindog-Uy

Vice-Chair

She is a member of APCU and the President of TechPerformance Corp, an IT-based company in the Philippines. She is a professor of political science and international relations. She is a researcher-writer, academic, and consultant on a wide array of issues. She has worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other local and international organizations as a consultant. 

She is a Political Science Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, with a Master’s Degree in Advanced European and International Studies at the Center International de Formation Europeene Institut Europeen Des Hautes Estudes Internationales in Nice, France. She also finished her coursework in Masters in Political Science at UP Diliman and took coursework in a Master’s in Southeast Asian Studies at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She writes a regular column for ASEAN Post and Sovereign PH, and she serves as a co-host of a TV show, a radio program, and an online podcast.

Mr. Peter Laviña

Spokesperson

He is currently the President of the Asian Center for Comparative Governance (ACCG) based in Bangkok, a consultant of the Philippine Councilors League Legislative Academy (PCLLA), and a senior partner at Wilson Consulting Group, doing business advisory and liaison work with government and private enterprises.

Mr. Laviña is the Chairman of the Philippines-China Mutual Cooperation Society, Inc., and a Trustee and Deputy Secretary-General of APCU. He is a former elected City Councilor of Davao City and has work experiences and involvement with mass and social media, civil society, business, local and national governments. He previously served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mr. Jeffrey T. Ng

He is the President of Cathay Land, Inc. (developer of South Forbes Golf City), Astoria Hotels and Resorts, and Cathay Metal Corp. (steel manufacturing). He is also the Founding Chairman of Philnext, Inc. and the founding Executive Vice President, past President, immediate past Chairman, and Board Member of Anvil Business Club. He is also a Vice President of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and a board member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF). 

Mr. Ng was the Chairman of PCCI’s 47th Philippine Business Conference & Expo (PBC&E), the Philippines’ biggest business conference, in November 2021. He is the President of APCU and the UP School of Economics Alumni Association (UPSEAA). He is an Economics Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Master’s Degree in Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Mr. Yonghui Xie

He is currently the Counselor for media and public affairs and the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines since January 2019. Before this, he was First Secretary and Division Director of Policy Research Department, responsible mainly for research and analysis of the international and regional situation in the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, where he worked from August 2014 to December 2018. He was posted to the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia from 2005 to 2009, where he served as a press officer and assistant to the Ambassador. As a career diplomat, he has visited over 20 countries and mastered the bureaucratic skills needed to communicate and work with foreign governments, especially Asian governments.

He joined the Chinese Foreign Ministry in 2003 and worked with the Department of Information and Press from Jan 2004 to May 2005 and the Department of Asian Affairs from June 2009 to August 2014, respectively. From August 2011 to August 2014, he was Deputy Division Director with the Department of Asian Affairs in charge of multilateral security cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, coordinating the Chinese Government’s economic and security relations with neighboring countries and regional multilateral fora.

He graduated with a BA degree from English literature and public health management program jointly offered by Dalian University of Foreign Languages and Dalian University of Medical Sciences. 

Police Brigadier General Fernando C. Pace

Gen. Pace is currently a Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Security Consultant. He is a Retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)/Philippine National Police (PNP) officer. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of APCU. He has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He also has a Bachelor of Laws and Master’s in Public Administration with a Career Service Executive Eligibility.

Atty. Percival B. Peralta

He is a litigation lawyer, corporate law, tax, and accounting practitioner. He is an active government procurement lawyer and business consultant for corporate and individual clients. He has been applying his expertise for thirty-nine (39) years in banking and accountancy and twenty-nine (29) years in the legal profession. He is currently the Head of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority-Legal Division. His support for the Philippines-China relations has always been significant since he joined APCU and served as its Secretary-General. Last year, he extended a significant contribution to APPCU by sitting as one of the members of the Selection Committee. This year, he will be advancing Philippines-China Friendship even more by standing as one of the members of the APPCU Committee.

Mr. Wu Chenqi

He is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from China Foreign Affairs University and LLB from Columbia University. He worked at the Department of Treaty and Law and General Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and was posted in the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand and Grenada. He is currently the Media Director of the Chinese Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

Mr. Jose T. Arce Jr.

He has been the Executive Director of the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) since 2017. He is the Chief Operating Officer of the East Asian Eagle Insurance Agency. He is also an International Relations Consultant of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce graduate of the De La Salle University (DLSU).

Ms. Raven Jobelle Florante

She is a law student, and she earned her degree in Political Science from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Manila. She has been with APCU since April 2019 as a member of the Secretariat. She is also currently affiliated with the Legal Division of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). Even before APPCU, she has been working with groups, organizations, and entities to promote Philippines-Chinese Understanding through the help of APCU.

2021 APPCU Committee

Chair: Mr. Sixto Benedicto
Vice-Chair: Anna Malindog-Uy
Spokesperson: Mr. Peter Laviña

Members:
Jeffrey T. Ng
Counselor Xie Yonghui
Ms. Liu Yiqun
Raymund T. Roquero
Gen. Fernando Pace
Gabriel MA. J. Lopez, Ph.D.
Jose T. Arce Jr.
Raven Jobelle Florante

Researchers:
Maria Judy See San Juan
Alexie Basileyo