Chinoys celebrate Spring Festival

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


THE Bacolod Chinese-Filipino community celebrated the Spring Festival on Friday at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel and Resort as part of the events in the 9th Bacolaodiat Festival.

Alfredo Barcelona, an official of the Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the celebration is for two cultures – Filipino and Chinese.

The Spring Festival is considered the most important festival for the Chinese people. It is when family members get together. It falls on the first day of the first lunar month.

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This year’s festivity is themed “Two Cultures, Hundreds of Families Celebrating.”

Barcelona said the Chinese culture gives so much importance to family ties.

"We have considered ourselves a cultural minority in the Filipino community. Yet we preserve our heritage which is also a big help and contribution to the greater Filipino society. We feel that Bacolaodiat is actually the merging of two peoples and enrichment of two cultures,” he said.

Barcelona said that despite the calamities, people still feel happy which is an important quality of the Filipinos.

“The Filipinos are archipelagic but happy people. The Chinese are continental people. They are silent but if you look at the whole thing, it's a good merging of two qualities," he said.

Barcelona added that the Year of the Horse implies a more resilient and more independent people.

The gathering was attended by government leaders led by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia.

Bishop Vicente Navarra of the Diocese of Bacolod led the prayer.
There were various performances during the celebration to showcase the Chinese culture and tradition such as the Lion Dance by the Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade, Drums for Peace by the Divine Institute of Chong Shu, Paper Cutting Belles by the Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Tibetan Plateau by St. John's Institute, Heart of Lotus by Trinity Christian School, the Flaunting Peacock by Jennifer Ong, the Rise of the Phoenix by St. John's Institute, the Rustling Bamboo by the Chinese volunteer teachers, "Tomorrow Will Be Better" by Johann Tan, and Best Wishes and Motherland by the Filipino Chinese Wei Due Fraternity Negros Occidental Chapter chorale.

The celebration was capped by a fireworks display.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 01, 2014.

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