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Sunday, February 17, 2013
GOOD fortune does not end after Feb. 10, when many parts of the world celebrated the Chinese New Year.
Ayala Center Cebu celebrated "Xin Nian: the Cebu City Chinese New Year Festival" last Feb. 9 and 10. The festival opened with a presentation of Chinese cultural arts at the Ayala Activity Center on Feb. 9.
The Cebu Eastern College (CEC) Dance Troupe and the University of Cebu Dance Company showcased various traditional Chinese dances, from the Handkerchief Dance to the Ribbon Dance.
Aside from dances, the Jumping Jack Acrobats wowed the audience with their breath-taking stunts. Wushu, or the art of fighting, was also exhibited during the opening of the festival.
Traditional Chinese songs were performed by entrepreneurs Bryan Chua and CEC alumni association president Antonio Chua Jan Sing and brought the crowd to a chorus.
Stunning traditional Chinese symbols were paraded by Miss Cebu winners: Kris Tiffany Janson, Miss Cebu 2009; Reena Elena Malinao, Miss Cebu 2010; Pierre Anther Infante, Miss Cebu 2012; Namrata Neesha Murjani, Miss Cebu 2013 and her court: Therese Llamada, first runner-up; Maria Gigante, second runner-up; Patricia Estuart, third runner-up, and; Ely Rose Angcon, fourth runner-up.
Cebu City Mayor Michael "Mike" Rama also made an appearance during the event.
The affair ended with a lion and dragon dance parade towards the Little China Town at The Terraces where an exotic street food festival was showcased. It was participated in by Cebu’s best Chinese restaurants. Deneb Batucan, STC Masscom intern
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2013.