FFCCCII Honors Jose Mari Chan w/ Lifetime Achievement Award & Nominates for National Artist


Just in time for the holiday season, singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan was honored by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) the “Lifetime Achievement Award” last week.

FFCCCII Lifetime Achievement Award

Led by President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, the awarding ceremony for the Philippine music icon Jose Mari Chan was symbolised through a plaque and a medallion in a Pandesal Forum at Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City.

Jose Mari Chan
(L-R) Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) Public Information Committee vice-chairman Dr.Lily Lim, FFCCCII Vice-President & FFCCCII Public Information Committee adviser Jeffrey Ng, PH Music Icon Jose Mari Chan, FFCCCII president Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, FFCCCII vice-president Cecilio Pedro, FFCCCII Public Information Committee chairman & Pandesal Forum moderator Wilson Lee Flores

The event was also attended by Mr. Cecilio Pedro (FFCCCII Vice-President), Mr. Jeffrey Ng (FFCCCII Public Information Committee Vice-President & Adviser), and Mr. Wilson Lee Flores (FFCCCII Public Information Committee Chairman).

The earlier part of the Pandesal Forum was also graced by China Ambassador Huang Xilian and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama. Also present were Mr. Peter Laviña (Association for Philippines China Understanding – APCU – Executive Vice-President), Dr. Lily Lim (FFCCCII Public Information Committee vice-chairman), Mr. Wanzen David, and Mr. Calixto Sy. The Barangay Kamuning Senior Citizens Choir also rendered performances for JMC.

To the delight of the crowd, Mr. Jose Mari Chan serenaded them with some lines from some of his iconic songs.

Jose Mari Chan at the 83-year-old Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City
Jose Mari Chan National Artist
PH Music Icon Jose Mari Chan being interviewed by media on being Nominated as National Artist

Respectfully declining to be referred to as the “Father of Filipino Christmas music”, Jose Mari Chan preferred “Chan-ta Claus” in jest.

National Artist Nomination

Furthermore, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong announced that the organization has officially written a letter to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) endorsing and nominating Mr. Jose Mari Chan as National Artist for his rich contribution to Philippine arts and culture.

Jose Mari Chan FFCCCII
Jose Mari Chan honored by FFCCCII
Jonel Uy
Jonel Uy of Good News Manila with the Jose Mari Chan
Kamuning Bakery Cafe
Pandesal Forum at Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Jose Mari Chan expressed his gratitude to the FFCCCII for the award and credited his success in life to God, his wife, and his late father Antonio Chan.

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Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is a contributor and the Managing Director of Good News Manila (GNM). He is a Social Media Consultant at DigitalCircles, a social media and influencer marketing agency, Jonel also teaches IT at a local college in the Philippines and is the founder of BloggerManila.com and SeatsForTwo.com, among others.


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