Iloilo City celebrates 11th year of Chinese New Year-A A +A
Thursday, February 7, 2013
THE year of the water snake is moving forward and it is a time of spirituality and hopefully, peace will prevail in Iloilo City as it celebrates the 11th year of Chinese New Year.
The first city to celebrate the Chinese event outside of Manila, the celebration here is supported by the Iloilo City Government and all the Ilonggo-Chinese community in ringing the Kung Hei Hei Fat Choi greetings by wearing red with Ang Pao hanging on their doors.
Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Panay president Ramon Cua Locsin said the 2013 celebration started with daily activities on January 28 and to climax on February 10 as the exact date of the New Year.
This will be the day for a Red Cross Million Volunteer Run for 3 and 5 kilometers fun run along the diversion road and the distribution of 5,000 gift packs to the city’s indigent families with city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Locsin leading other Ilonggo –Chinese leaders in the New Year’s gift giving.
In Iloilo City, the highlight of activities is on Friday, February 15 with a grand cultural parade, Chinese Food Festival, grand cultural program and a world class pyrotechnics and fireworks display.
Locsin said the guest of honor and speaker is Dr. Alfonso Uygongco, national president of the Filipino-Chinese federation who is also an Ilonggo. Dr. Uy is a philanthropist, educator and supporter of local development projects here. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Amigo Shipping Corp., Foremost Corp., Amigo Hotel and other numerous businesses in Metro Manila, Mindanao and the Visayas.
Various cultural shows and lion and dragon dances by students of the Sun Yat Sen High School and the Iloilo Central Commercial High School, ethnic costumes exhibits and fashion show, and Chinese film festival at the Cinematheque Iloilo will spiced up the celebration.