Spring Festival activities launched-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
THE Baguio Filipino-Chinese community led the launching of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 activities at the City Hall grounds Monday.
Baguio Spring Festival 2014 executive committee chairman Thomas Kho said they will be conducting gift-giving activities in Barangays Loakan Proper, Loakan Apugan, Atok Trail and Kias on January 29.
Kho said the yearly activity remains as the highlight of their continued reaching out to various impoverished members of the community and in giving back blessings they have received from the continued patronage of residents in their businesses.
This year, the local Filipino-Chinese community has chosen the four barangays based on recommendations of the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development.
Another gift-giving activity is scheduled on the afternoon of January 31, Friday at the Bell Church where residents will be treated with dragon and lion dances.
Kho said another main highlight of the Chinese New Year celebration is the annual parade that will be attended by more than a thousand participants from schools, businesses and families comprising the local Chinese community and city officials on February 3.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said Chinese New Year or the Baguio Spring Festival is annually celebrated with a parade and recognition of the contributions of the local Filipino-Chinese community.
Among the major contributions of the local Filipino-Chinese include giving aid to city residents during various calamities. He added the economy of the city remains hinged on various businesses of the local Chinese community who have shown their good business traits in contributing to the economic growth of the city by regularly paying business taxes.
He added local Chinese businesses remain among the top taxpayers in the city.
In recognition of the invaluable service of the local Chinese community, the city institutionalized the celebration of the Chinese New Year through Ordinance 18 Series of 1999 which is yearly celebrated with a parade, medical mission and gift-giving activities.
The city mayor also canceled classes from public and private pre-elementary to high school on February 3 for residents to enjoy the annual parade and foster closer ties with the Filipino-Chinese Community. However, he stressed suspension of classes in colleges and universities are given to school administrators and management.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 29, 2014.