Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong recently lauded three showbiz icons for their contributions to Philippine progress — singer and songwriter Jose Mari Chan, National Artist Ricky Lee, and actor Coco Martin.

Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong with Coco Martin.
Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong with Coco Martin.

"FFCCCII thanks award-winning singer, songwriter and businessman Jose Mari Chan for his recent selfless contribution to our efforts to promote better friendship and win-win cooperation between the Philippines and our ancient trade partner and ally China. We also pay tribute to him for his numerous, inspiring musical contributions to Philippine culture," Liong said in a statement, adding that Chan's late father, Antonio, was also a respected business and civic leader.

Award-winning singer, songwriter and businessman Jose Mari Chan
Award-winning singer, songwriter and businessman Jose Mari Chan

FFCCCII also congratulated multi-awarded screenwriter, journalist, novelist, playwright and educator Ricky Lee for being conferred the honor as National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts.

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"Apart from his numerous literary and journalistic works which have enriched Philippine culture, we also remember his late father Dy Hian Chin who was a scholar and had served as humble, respected and dedicated secretary of the Camarines Norte Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry."

Finally, the federation cited actor Coco Martin of the TV series "FPJ's Ang Probinsiyano" for his success in playing the role of crusading police Cardo Dalisay.

National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Ricky Lee
National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Ricky Lee

"Unknown to many, Coco Martin, a few years ago had also expressed support for Philippine agriculture and Filipino rice farmers in cooperation with Department of Agriculture and SL Agritech, and we thank him," Liong finally noted.