Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Teaches Chinese Culture on Philippine Television
The Philippines has always had a dynamic and thriving Chinese-Filipino community, and their presence and friendship with fellow Filipinos have contributed significantly to the economic and cultural development of the nation. A way of showcasing these positive contributions to society is through a unique television program called Chinoy TV.
Chinoy is a combination of the words Chinese and “Pinoy” a popular nickname Filipinos call themselves. Chinese-Filipinos call themselves Chinoys as a way to express that they are both comfortable and proud of being Filipinos with a rich Chinese heritage.
Since 2011, Chinoy TV has been featuring personalities, events, leisure, fashion, food, and sports that highlight the many colorful aspects of Chinese-Filipino lifestyle. This 60-minute magazine program, which airs every Sunday at 10:30am and re-airs Tuesdays at 11:00pm and Saturdays 10:30am on Net 25, also features short Mandarin language lessons and Chinese cultural segments to provide viewers a richer understanding of Chinese life.
And who is behind these cultural segments show every Sunday morning? The Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University of course!
Chinoy TV has been shooting its cultural segments at The Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University headquarters at Makati City, where it features the various culture courses the Institute. Every week, Mainland Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute-AdMU appeared on the show with the presenters and taught them how to practice Taichi, paint Chinese paintings, tie Chinese knots, create elaborate paper-cuts, paint Chinese opera masks, and play the guzheng.
The taichi class of Mr. Zhou Baofa, was aired last June3,2012.
Chinese knot tying and paper-cutting classes. Aired last June,2012.
Ms. Deng Yun, volunteer teacher at CI-AdMU, teaching Chinese opera mask drawing, last July 6,2012.
Ms. Zhou Shiyu, volunteer teacher at CI-AdMU, teaching how to play the guzheng last July 6,2012.
Apart from these, Chinoy TV has also served at the Confucius Institute’s television partner. Cultural events of the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University such as the 2011 Mid-Autumn Festival at Shangri-la Mall, the 2012 Spring Film Festival, and the 2012 Confucius Institute Spring Festival Gala featuring Shandong Normal University were covered by Chinoy TV and appeared in their own segments in the television program.
With more upcoming events and increasing interest for Mandarin Chinese language and culture education at the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University, Chinoy TV shall continue to work with the Institute to create more exciting content for the program. Building stronger ties among people, whether they may be Chinese, Filipino, or Chinese-Filipino, is one of the primary goals of Chinoy TV, and it sees the Confucius Institute as one of the most important hubs of cultural exchange between Chinese and Filipinos. Together, through the medium of television, they will continue to healthily promote communication and mutual understanding between the two nations.
Contributed by CI-AdMU Coordinator Cris Gilbert Garcia