DAVAO City will experience a more festive Chinese New Year celebration this year, according to the Chinatown Development Council of Davao City.

Jasper Huang, the public relations officer of the Chinatown Development Council of Davao City, said this year's celebration will feature Chinese-themed food stalls during the countdown program on February 15 at the Rizal Park.

Chinese lion and dragon dances will highlight the celebration. Organizers said they will be giving away tikoy, the most popular delicacy during Chinese New Year.

Huang said during the countdown, Chinese-themed performances such as the dragon and lion dances of students from various Chinese Schools will be witnessed.

He said as part of the preparation for the festivity, the Chinatown Development Council requested all establishments in the Chinatown area to put up Chinese lanterns or Chinese symbols outside their establishments.

The countdown program on February 15 will start with a 5:30 p.m. Mass at San Pedro Cathedral. The opening ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m.

The welcoming of Chinese New Year will end at 12 midnight on the same day.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio and other city officials are expected to grace the countdown activities. (PR)