CEBU CITY — The Chinese-Filipino community here gathered on Saturday to celebrate the first annual Chinese New Year Festival in the city.
The festive celebration of food and culture dubbed as “Xin Nian: Cebu Chinese New Year Festival 2011” was held at the Ayala Center Terraces.
Newly assigned Chinese Consul General in Cebu, He Shijing, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, other local officials, as well as sponsors from the private sectors graced the celebration.
Consul He said in his speech that the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is one of the largest and most important festivals in China, which is always celebrated by the Chinese all over the world.
The consul also extended his best wishes to all the families in the year of the Golden Rabbit.
Besides the audio visual presentation about Chinese influences in Cebu, performing groups from the different schools in Cebu City showcased their talents and entertained the crowd in their production number featuring Chinese cultural dances like the silk fan dance, lion dance and Chinese ribbon dance, among others.
There was also a parade of Chinese Dynasty costumes from the private collection of Elizabeth Gan-Go.
After the presentations, the guests also tasted different authentic Chinese delicacies in the street food festival hosted by the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. (HRRAC), among others.
Some of the participating members of the HRRAC include Cebu Hilton resort & Spa, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino, Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa, Montebello Villa Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Phil School of Culinary Arts, University of Cebu and the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.
Other establishments include Betty’s Bakeshop, Lumpia House, De Luxe Hopia Bakery and Groceries, Beka Bakeshop Hopia de Manila and Kwong Bee Sausage Factory.
The Xin Nian, which is a project of the Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Tourism Commission, is set to be a yearly event highlighting the Chinese New Year.
The event aims to attract local and foreign tourists to visit Cebu. (SBG/Sunnex)