Essay on governors speech

Good evening to all the officers and members of the Taiwan Association of the Philippines; to my colleagues in public service, friends, and guests. It is a pleasure for me to have been cordially invited to this prestigious annual event. It is also a great honor for me, to have been selected as one of the guests and keynote speakers of the night. I humbly hope that my message would prove to be an enlightening and inspiring note which would instrumentally contribute to the enhanced trade relations between Taiwan and the Philippines.
First of all, I am blessed to be part of this year’s Chinese Mooncake Festival. As your keynote speaker, I made a quick research on the historical origins of the festival, which allegedly dates back 3000 years ago – where it was revealed that Chinese emperors in the Shang Dynasty have worshipped and revered the moon. The illumination of the moon beneath the dark night sky seemed to mystify these ancient emperors and the practice was noted to have spread to the emperors’ high officials, to their rich families, and eventually, to the common citizens. The ancient way of sacrificing to the moon reportedly included offering fruits and snacks, specifically watermelon and especially made delicious mooncake.
The tradition had been handed from one generation to another. Hence, 3000 years after, until contemporary times, this rich and lavish tradition still forms part of the rich heritage of the Chinese. Now, what does this particular event symbolize among the Chinese – Filipino communities in the Philippines? In the midst of some current challenges that prevail between China and the Philippines, I still affirm that the bond, stemming from the rich tradition such as celebrating the annual Chinese Mooncake Festival – which is also deemed as the second most important event in the Chinese calendar after the Chinese New Year – attests to the greater strength and fidelity among us. Just like the moon, which is constantly present in the night skies, the bilateral trade relations between China and the Philippines continues and prevails amidst various challenges, economic upheavals, political changes, or social transformations.
For me personally, aside from looking forward to celebrating this momentous event with officers and members of the Taiwan Association of the Philippines, one thing that I really look forward to is sharing the delicious meal with loved ones, especially relishing the delicious mooncake. I am sure that part of the rich tradition and legacy which had been quickly adapted by Filipinos from the Chinese is the bonding and sharing a sumptuous meal with family members and loved ones. Just like during Chinese New Year, which is the most important event in the Chinese calendar, the Mooncake Festival is also replete with sharing of blessings through preparing delicious meals and ensuring that all family members are gathered together in the dining table to be thankful and grateful for a bountiful year. Thus, just like a happy and loving family, both Chinese and Filipinos continue to join hands in battering whatever storms come our way.
Let me therefore, acknowledge and thank all members of the Taiwan Association of the Philippines, for commemorating this important event and for affirming that the bond shared between China and the Philippines would continue to be manifested and exemplified way into the future. As a public servant, in behalf of my fellow Filipinos, I am so immensely grateful for the presence of our Chinese brothers here in the Philippines, who unselfishly share their time, money, resources, and efforts toward community services and camaraderie, especially during our trying times. Let this Chinese Mooncake Festival be a lasting testimony of our friendship, which we pray and hope would also be relinquished to more generations ahead.
Thank you and good night.