MANILA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The government-run People's Television Network (PTV) in the Philippines on Wednesday launched the "China Theater" that will broadcast four Chinese TV series and movies aimed at deepening the cultural understanding between Filipinos and Chinese.
The programs slated to be aired soon include the 58-episode TV series "Feathers Fly to the Sky," the movie special "Beijing Love," the animated "The Sammy and Jimmie Animation" and a documentary "Marco Polo." The four programs are sponsored by the China Media Group and dubbed in the Filipino language called Tagalog.
Martin Andanar, Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Philippines, took note of Marco Polo, the famous traveler on the Silk Route which connected Asia, Europe and other continents 2,000 years ago.
"But more than the mercantile importance of the old Silk Route, there evolved an unprecedented interchange of ideas, technologies, and faiths. It was the beginning of the world's first information superhighway, with the flow of thought and knowledge," he said at the launching ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said the two countries are now deepening cooperation in three main areas, namely political and security, economic and trade, and people-to-people exchanges, which he termed as the "three pillars" of China-Philippines relations.
"The inauguration today of 'the China Theatre' will surely add fresh impetus to the further building on the 'Third Pillar'. Through the Chinese TV series and movies to be shown on PTV, you could share the stories about how our reform and opening up in the past 40 years have helped realize a steady economic growth of China and better off the well-beings of its people."
Officials from both countries have expressed the hope that showing these TV series and movies dubbed in Tagalog will further help deepen the socio-cultural ties between the two neighbouring countries.