The launching opened with the traditional dragon dance and a presentation from the Bell Church Athletic Club. The youth volunteers of 911 On – call also provided a Cordillera cultural dance number.
There was a brief orientation about the 2020 Lunar New Year and the year of the “Metal Rat”.
Spring Festival Executive Committee chairperson Peter Ng, in behalf of the Baguio Filipino Chinese community, expressed their gratitude to the city for the continuing support and partnership for the Chinese new year celebration, which for the 27th year continues to showcase better understanding, cooperation, friendship and unity.
“We greatly value the relationship which foster a closer and stronger bond between Filipinos and the Chinese Community here in Baguio”, Ng said.
For the city’s part,Mayor Benjamin Magalong thanked the Baguio Filipino – Chinese community for being an active partner in community development as he enjoined continuing public and private partnership towards responsible and sustainable development for a better Baguio and better quality of life for everyone.
Congressman Mark Go, in his message, gave recognition to the strong synergy between the city government and the Filipino – Chinese Community which he hopes to continue for the the good of the city and the people of Baguio.
“I ask for your continuing thrust and support as together we work in achieving our goals for the Baguio that we love and our people”, Go said..
For the Spring Festival 2020 calendar of activities, Media Fellowship Night is set on January 16 at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza. On Jan. 21, the Baguio Filipino – Chinese community will have a gift – sharing at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Building for identified residents of barangay San Luis Village and Asin Road.
On Jan. 25 will be Run for a Cause set at 5am at the Burnham Park Lake Drive which proceeds will be for the Pediatric Cancer Patients at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. This activity is in partnership with the University of Baguio.
The annual grand colorful parade is set in the afternoon (2:30pm) of Jan. 27. It starts at Upper Session Road going down Baguio’s main thoroughfares to the Melvin Jones Grandstand. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar