Chinese Corner opens doors to public


THE Dagupan City Library has officially opened its services for the national government’s Chinese Corner Project (CCP).

The Chinese Corner is one of the multi-cultural projects of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) that introduces collaboration and partnership between the local library stakeholders and the Filipino-Chinese community.

Mayor Belen Fernandez described the new feature at the library, Chinese Corner, as a facility that offers books and research materials “on Chinese influence is not only embedded in our consciousness but likewise encompasses our culture, history and literature.” She added “the Chinese community remains a potent force in our lives today in the modern Dagupan City.”

She added that the Chinese Corner “is a humble monument of this important part of our community and serves to remind all people of our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community that Chinese influence contributes to the totality of our identity as a people, as a city and as a nation.”

The official opening was marked by signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Director Cesar Gilbert Q. Adriano of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) and Mayor Fernandez and the cutting of the ribbon.

The city library is the 20th public library in the country chosen by the NLP to host such service.

“The Chinese Corner Project has been in existence since 2014. This is the fourth and the last to be launched this year. We chose Dagupan to be the fourth recipient of this project because our mayor is of Chinese descendants and a large community of Filipino-Chinese is in the city,” said Adriano.

Assistant Chief of Reference Section of the NLP Flordeliza Quiñones cited

Dagupan City’s commercial success as a city largely enhanced by the role of the early Chinese traders that preceded Spanish influence.

Among the early Chinese settlers in the city were Tan San Diok and Di Kok Siam.

Tan San Diok is the great grandfather of Fernandez and his children established the Rufo Tan Hardware, Tan Commercial, Eduardo Tan and Taya’s Hardware while Di Kok Siam distinguished grand children includes George Chua Cham and lawyer Edward Chua Cham. (CIO/JCB)

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