CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – With an aim to showcase the tradition and culture of Philippines and China, this capital city on Monday hosted the Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

Event Committee Head Mariano Chua said that Pampanga is the first province in the country to anchor the annual event which is already on its 17th run.

“This event is annually held in Manila but we requested that it will be held this year in Pampanga to share to the people here our culture and tradition in China,” he said.

Among the activities showcased are acrobatics, Kung Fu and Marionette puppetry as performed by representatives from China.

Different genre of Chinese music and dances were also presented to the Kapampangan audience, which are mostly students.

Meanwhile, Filipinos also demonstrated different performances including drum and lyre exhibition by the students from Pampanga High School and an instrumental presentation by the Dolores Elementary School Rondangklung Ensemble.

The Holy Angel University dance theater also performed some of the popular dances in China including the lion dance, fan dance and lantern dance.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, for his part, extended his warm gratitude to the Chinese partners for showing their rich culture and tradition to the Filipino community.

“This event is a celebration of friendship between two countries through a cultural show. We thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your beautiful tradition in China,” Santiago said.

The festival, which was jointly sponsored by the local government, through its City Tourism Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc., and Quanzhon City Cultural Troupe, culminated the celebration of the 16th Cityhood anniversary of San Fernando also known as Kaganapan 2017.