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Chinese embassy donates basketball court

By Jason B. Neola

A turn-over ceremony was held for a brand new basketball court last week at the Liberty Village in Barangay Cararayan. The sports facility was donated by the embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the residents of the village through the city government of Naga.

In his message, Wu Chenqi, the director of Media and Public Relations Section of the Chinese embassy in the Philippines, said that “this project was first proposed by Mayor Nelson Legacion December, last year.” He said the city mayor’s request to construct the basketball court reflects his governance principle to build a caring city.

“With the joint efforts of the city government, the Barangay Cararayan, including the construction workers, the project has finally come into reality,” Chenqi said before the residents of the village, city and barangay officials who attended the ceremony held at the basketball court.

On his part, Mayor Legacion said that the city is very thankful for the donated facility, which symbolizes the friendship between the Chinese government and the local government of Naga. “This sports facility is a clear manifestation and expression of such friendship that will benefit primarily the community not only the young ones but also those who belong to the older generation.

TOOLING UP THE FRIENDSHIP: Dir. Wu Chenqi, the city officials spearheaded by Mayor Nelson Legacion, and barangay officials along with the excited budding basketball stars pose after the conduct of the turn-over ceremony for the donated basketball court in Liberty Village in Barangay Cararayan. EMMAN CLEOFE/CEPPIO

Chenqi, a basketball lover and a member of the Chinese embassy’s basketball team, said that “one of my deepest beliefs is that sports have a unique way of bringing people together. “They unite us through the joy of competition and the spirit of teamwork,” he said.

He said that he also knows that basketball is one of the Philippines’ favorite sports and that they were very happy in seeing the Philippines successfully held the Basketball World Cup earlier this year. He referred to such event as a really awesome achievement. “I would like to say, ‘Good job to all Filipinos for that game,” he said.

He told the gathering that the embassy hopes that the newly constructed basketball court will become a focal point for the families in the community – for friends to form, for dreams to be nurtured, and where, perhaps, the future basketball stars of the Philippines will come from.

He even told the crowd that early this year, President Marcos paid a successful visit to China. “There, President Xi Jinping and the Philippine president reached an important consensus on further deepening the cooperation between their countries by prioritizing 4 key areas, including people to people exchanges.”

He said that the basketball court symbolizes the enduring friendship between China and the Philippines, representing our shared commitment to building a better future and improving the lives of our peoples.

The official concluded his speech by assuring the crowd that the Chinese embassy will continuously implement the consensus of the two presidents by promoting practical cooperation that will bring real benefits to ordinary people and by doing their part to grow the 2 countries’ traditional friendship and strengthen the foundation of their bilateral relations.


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