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Former President. Arroyo led 10 Young Filipinos in Youth Summit in Hong Kong

| November 30, 2018

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HONG KONG 29 November 2018 – The Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, led 10 youth from various regions of the Philippines to participate in the 7th Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Youth Summit in Hong Kong on 08 November 2018.

Speaker Arroyo, who is one of the forum’s board members, described China’s “breathtaking” development over the last four decades while underscoring that the Philippines is one of China’s biggest partners now, thanks to the current policy of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

She said she brought the Filipino youth, who represent various provinces of the Philippines, to “witness and experience for themselves the growth of China in the last 40 years since it opened up to the world.”

The participating Filipino youth are Carl Martin D. Borreros, Mark Edison T. Alejandro, Edmar S. Raboy, Djonald Andrade, Regine Joy A. Perania, Edward James R. Ente, Melanie Mae N. Jocson, Bin Nur Asia Magangcong, Jhoel Sare Asis, and Shandece Mae P. Gerarcas.

Consul General Antonio A. Morales and Deputy Consul General Germinia V. Aguilar-Usudan represented the Consulate General of the Philippines at the Summit.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor opened the forum, praising China for its proactive role in international cooperation since the start of comprehensive country-wide reforms initiated by then leader Deng Xiaoping in 1978. She added that the people of Hong Kong are the key to China’s development.

the Themed “Reform and Opening-Up: China and the World”, the BFA Youth Summit aimed to provide “the youth with perspectives on how to integrate with the world in terms of the global economy, talent and training and artificial intelligence and cultural exchanges, as well as how to build a community with a shared future for mankind in the new era.”

The BFA Youth Summit has been held in Hong Kong every year since 2009, growing in size and importance every year to become one of the city’s regularly recurring events for the youth. END

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