A two-day conference on 600th Anniversary Commemoration of the Sultan of Sulu’s Voyage to China: Historical Ties and Enduring Connections of Philippines-China Relations was organized by the Confucius Institute in Ateneo de Manila University where the Institute of Islamic Studies UP Diliman along with Kaisa Heritage Center, Philippine Association for Chinese Studies, Department of History of Ateneo de Manila, and Dezhou University in China were co-organizers. The conference which was held last November 24-25 at the Confucius Conference hall and Pan Pacific Residence in Makati was attended by academic experts on Philippine-China relation both from Philippines and China.
On a related event, Officials of Dezhou University had a meeting with Dean Macrina Morados and Mr. Darwin Absari on November 26 at the UP University Hotel. Dezhou University representatives include the following officials: Ma Yingxin (Director, Office of International Exchange and Cooperation), Kong Yan (Director, Editorial Office of University Journal), Liang Guoying (Director, College of History and Social Management), Wang Shoudong (Professor, College of History and Social Management), Li Guiting (Vice-Director, College of Literature and Journalism). During the meeting, UP-IIS and Dezhou University agreed to finalize the signing of MOA which envisions future academic and research collaborations. This meeting and discussion of the MOA was the result of Absari’s previous visit to Dezhou University being part of the documentary film project of the Sulu-China relations last November 03, 2016.
Moreover, Prof. Ma Yingxin introduced their university to Dean Morados. Dean Morados also discussed the history and programs of the UP IIS. Dezhou delegates presented their plan of holding a conference in their university where history experts from the UP Institute will be invited. The singing of the MOA will also be done as the Highlight of the conference. Students’ exchange program was also discussed. Dezhou University will also accommodate UP IIS students who wish to do research or MA thesis on Philippine-China study. Selected Faculties in their university will guide the IIS students and during the thesis presentation, the Chinese Faculty mentor will come to UP IIS to attend. Prof. Wang Shoudong, a history expert who wrote two books on Sulu Sultan who died and was buried in Dezhou in 1417, expressed his desire to do research here in Philippines.
After the meeting, Darwin Absari brought them around the campus before they went back to their hotel in Makati.