CAGAYAN de Oro officially launched its weeklong celebration of the Chinese New Year on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the Rotunda in Limketkai Center together with Filipino-Chinese community in the city.

The launching ceremony was conducted on the same day the Chinese New Year Food Festival, which will run from January 16 to 23 in the said venue.

While City Mayor Rolando "Klarex" Uy wasn't present during the event, he left a message which was read by City Administrator Roy Raagas wishing for the Kagay-anons to continue working to achieve their dreams and desires this year and to look and act for the better future.

"Ang kasaulogan sa Chinese New Year, usa ka higayon sa paglantaw ug sa paghandong sa dugang nga mga grasya ug maayong swerte alang sa kaugalingon, sa mga pamilya ug sa katilingban," Uy stated in his message.

"Ang tuig 2023, alang sa atong mga igsoon nga Chinese, usa ka tuig sa water rabbit. Kini nagpasaot gna tuig kini karon sa sinsero nga pagtan-aw ug paglihok alang sa atong maayong kaugmaon. Tuig kini karon sa pagpadayon sa pagkab-ot sa atong mga pangandoy ug pangindahay, bisan sa taliwala sa mga daghang pagsulay," he added.

The city mayor also cited the importance of the Filipino-Chinese community in the city, stating that Kagay-anons have a lot to learn from them.

"Dagahn kita og matun-an gikan sa atong mga Filipino-Chinese brothers and sisters. Ang mga hiyas nga naghatag sa uban kanila og kalampusan, angay nato nga hilabtugan ug pagatun-an. Ug dili kini lisod tungod kay kabahin naman sa atong mga dugo ang kultura ug kinaiyang tsino. tungod kini kay kauban kanato gikan pa sa pagsugot sa atong nasod ang atong mga silingan sa China," Uy stated.

"Manghinaot ako nga kini nga selebrasyon dili lang selebrasyon sa New Year, apan mamahimo kini nga selebrasyon sa pagtinabangay, panag inigsuonay ug selebrasyon alang sa panaghiusa ug panag uban sa tibook syudad alang sa pagkab-ot sa maayo ug malampusan nga ugma," he added.

Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (MOFCCCI) President Rosa Go, for her part, was thankful for their cooperation with the City Government in celebrating the Chinese New Year, saying that the year of the water rabbit brings prosperity, hope and love.

"It would motivate and help us cope with the distress of the previous years, to start fresh and relieve all negatives behind," Go said.

Students from Kong Hua School and Oro Christian Grace School also showcased the Chinese culture through various performances, such as the Dragon and Lion Dance, traditional dance, a fashion show featuring different Chinese clothing, Jasmine Flower Dance, and group singing.

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro has prepared several activities for its weeklong Chinese New Year Festival. These include the Chinese New Year Lion Dance at the city hall, Gaston Park, Plaza Divisoria, Osmena Street and Cogon Market areas from January 17 to 21; the Lighting of the Chinese Lanterns at the Gaston Park and City Hall on January 20; the Mayor's Cup Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race from January 20 to 22; Chinese New Year Festival Fireworks at the Bell Church on January 21; Chinese New Year Festival Motorcade and Chinese Cultural Show on January 22.