|Sowing the Seeds of Hope and Friendship|
The Philippines and China are traditionally good neighbors with a long history of exchanges and friendship. Ilocanos and the people of North Luzon are friendly, and usually greet Chinese people with 'Ni Hao'.
With the deepening of China-Philippine communication and cooperation, the enthusiasm of Filipinos to learn Chinese is increasing. However, there has been a shortage of native Chinese language teachers for years in the northern part.
Chinese Consul& Head of Post Zhou Youbin encouraged her to further strengthen professional learning on her major. This August, Melody successfully joined the faculty team of Mariano Marcos State University and became the first native Chinese language teacher of the university.
President of MMSU Dr. ShirleyAgrupis said, "Her hiring spells my administration's commitment to sustain the offering of Mandarin language in the university and my pledge to further Chinese studies and culture as well. My vision for the next years is for MMSU to become a fountain of Chinese knowledge and tradition in this part of the country."
As the Chinese proverb says, "It takes ten years to grow a tree, but a hundred years to bring up a generation of good men." We wish Melody success in her teaching career, and sow new seeds of hope and friendship between China and the Philippines.