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Prof Felipe De Leon sees links between Thailand and the Philippines

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Thailand and the Philippines have commonalities in both origin and culture that make them like two peas in a pod, says Prof Felipe De Leon, the chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the Philippines. 

"The people from both countries have a service-minded nature, deep faith in a spiritual being and take life as it comes," he said.

"We are a happy-go-lucky people who love to socialise. Also in both cultures, mountains are considered sacred, and we are a rather superstitious lot. As our historical roots are also intertwined, our physical features are also quite similar, and the list can go on and on.

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