"Why is the Philippines such a happy nation?" This was the question posed by an eight-year old "junior journalist" to Philippine Consul General to Guangzhou Marie Charlotte G. Tang during a group interview at the Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou on January 23, before the start of the Chinese Spring Festival.

The interview is part of an exposure program initiated by the Home and Abroad News Press (HANP), a Chinese bi-monthly magazine circulated in China.

For the program, HANP President and Editor-in-Chief Mrs. Wei Yan brought a group of 36 Guangdong and Hong Kong students aged six to 18 to interview Consuls General based in Guangzhou.

Aside from gamely receiving questions from the young journalists, Consul General Tang delivered a short talk to the group on the history and culture of the Philippines and the long history of friendship between the Philippines and China.

At the end of the activity, each of the junior journalists presented Consul General Tang some handmade gifts and other tokens from their hometowns.

In return, Consul General Tang gave the students Philippine dried mangoes and Oishi snacks. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs