121 years after the Philippine Revolution leader President Emilio Aguinaldo had sent emissary Dr. Mariano Ponce to meet Chinese revolutionary hero and ?rst republican president Dr. Sun Yat Sen in Japan, where Dr. Sun supported the Filipino revolutionaries in acquiring weapons, on November 18, 2019 the descendants of these three heroes had an unforgettable and momentous reunion at the Pandesal Forum of 80-year-old Kamun-ing Bakery Café in Quezon City.
The reunion was a happy occasion to reminisce about history and renew friendships. The Aguinaldo and Ponce descendants expressed gratitude to Dr. Sun Yat Sen descendants for their forebear’s moral and logistical support for the anti-colonial Philippine Revolution, reaf?rming the over 1,000-year-old ancient bond of friendship between the Filipino and Chinese nations.
Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s greatgrandson Hawaii real estate businessman Charles Wong shared that his forebear had a Pan-Asian vision of “Asia for Asians”, that he had hoped that after the success of the Philippine Revolution, his own Chinese revolutionaries can use the Philippines as a base to plan the overthrow of the Man-chu-dominated Qing Dynasty.
Representing the Agui-naldo family was the 89-year-old former Prime Minister, former Finance Minister and now RCBC Vice-Chairman Cesar E.A. Virata, his maternal grandfather was revolutionary General Baldomero Agui-naldo and his granduncle was President Emilio Aguinaldo.
Representing the Dr. Sun Yat Sen family were his 84-year-old granddaughter the Hawaii property developer and philanthropist Dr. Lily Sun Sui-fong (whose father Sun Fo was Sun Yat Sen’s eldest son and China’s Premier in the 1930s) and his 51-year-old great-grandson Charles Wong.
Representing the Dr. Mariano Ponce family was his great-granddaughter Maria Theresa “Maite” Valero Bau-tista, whose maternal grandmother Consolacion was the daughter of Mariano Ponce.
Witnesses to the historic reunion of the Aguinaldo, Sun Yat Sen and Ponce families were University of the Philippines (U.P.) History Department Chairman Dr. Neil Marcial Santillan, historian Xiao Chua, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, Philippine Chun Shan Association Past President Peter Hung, Sun Yat Sen Foundation for Peace & Education Deputy Secretary-General Cai Zai Hui and Kamuning Bakery Café owner, Pandesal Forum moderator Wilson Lee Flores.
The occasion of Dr. Lily Sun Sui-fong’s visit to the Philippines was the November 16, 2019 dinner reception celebrating the 170th anniversary of the Philippine Chun Shan Association at So?tel Philippine Plaza Manila, where Dr. Sun was guest of honor and speaker.