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Stand Up for Life
Thursday, January 31, 2013
BLESSINGS come a thousand fold when you share it especially to the needy. For this year’s Spring Festival celebrations for the Year of the Snake, the Baguio-Filipino Chinese Community will again observe the occasion by conducting a gift sharing to a specific barangay in the city as part of the highlights of its activities.
On February 5, Tuesday, members and officers of the said community are set to conduct a gift sharing activity at Barangay Pedro Zamora in Baguio City where 100 presents will be given to the indigents.
According to Spring Festival Celebrations 2013 Chair Peter Ng the beneficiaries for the said activity were chosen through the help of the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer (OCSWADO) headed by City Social Welfare Officer Betty Fangasan, their partner for the particular endeavor.
Ng added that their community service project is more than just giving gifts as it also include interaction with the beneficiaries which is one way of getting closer to the community and letting the constituents understand the essence of the celebration considered as the most important holiday for the Chinese.
“This is not just a celebration for the Chinese community but it is a festivity as well for the Filipinos that is why we call it Lunar New Year and not Chinese New Year,” Ng added.
Ng also said that the gift sharing conducted yearly for a specific barangay is their way of sharing their blessings and approach of building a closer tie as well with the community where they live.
Other highlights of the Festival is another gift giving program on February 10 to be held at the Bell Church Grounds and the Grand Colorful Parade showcasing the Chinese culture and tradition on February 11 which will start at 2pm at Upper Session Road and end at Melvin Jones Grandstand at Burnham Park where a program will also be held.
Working hand in hand in making the people and visitors of Baguio experience the joy and one of a kind celebration of the Spring Festival in the city, a program which started 16 years ago through the full support of Mayor Mauricio Domogan are the Association for Philippines- China Understanding- Baguio Chapter, Baguio Filipino- Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Baguio Filipino- Cantonese Association -CAR, Tiok Lim Grand Mason- Baguio Chapter, and Baguio Patriotic High School - Board of Trustees.
The Filipino-Chinese Amity Club- Baguio Chapter, Filipino-Chinese Shin Lian Association- Baguio City Branch, Baguio Filipino- Chinese General Hospital, Bell Church- Baguio, and SM City Baguio complete the team of this good hearted community.
Through the years the Chinese Community played a very important role in the development of the Summer Capital of the Philippines. More than the material things they give yearly to a barangay beneficiary, sharing their values on the importance of hard work, perseverance, and the worth of saving for the future are forever gift that will always be remembered.
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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 01, 2013.