Actress Kim Chiu to grace Iloilo’s Chinese New Year celebration
There are so many things to look forward to during the celebration of the 2014 Chinese New Year in Iloilo as we usher in the Year of the Wood Horse on January 31, 2014.
First, actress Kim Chiu will join the grand parade and entertain the audience during the cultural program on Friday. Second, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a wide array of Chinese and Ilonggo dishes at the food festival along the Iznart Extension strip. Third, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has declared January 31 a holiday, thus giving every Ilonggo, Tsinoy and Chinese the chance to participate in the fun fare.
The 2014 Chinese New Year in Iloilo is spearheaded by the Iloilo Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce headed by Felipe Uygongco.
According to Ian Eric Pama, executive director of IFCCC, this is the 12th year that the city will celebrate Chinese New Year.
“This year, we are ending the full cycle of the 12 zodiac signs. Iloilo City, apart from Manila, is the first one to celebrate the full cycle this year. It falls on the exact date – on January 31,” he said.
The other zodiac signs are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
Starting this week until first week of February, the 2014 Chinese New Year in Iloilo will be very festive with lion and dragon dances, fashion shows and more. Check out the following schedule of activities.
Tony Lim, Dominador Co, mayor’s executive assistant for tourism;
Felipe Uygongco, president, Iloilo Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce;
Ian Eric Pama, executive director, IFCCC; and Francis Sio, vice chairman of IFCCC.
JANUARY 28 TUESDAY
4 pm – Grand Opening of the Iloilo Chinese New Year 2014 Celebration; opening of photo exhibit “A Glimpse of China” and composition of Spring Festival Couplets. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
6 pm – Marites Allen (Feng Shui expert) 2014 Year of the Horse Forecast
JANUARY 29 WEDNESDAY
9 am – Hua Siong College of Iloilo visits Jalandoni Memorial National High School
10 am – Sun Yat Sen High School visits Mandurriao National High School
JANUARY 30 THURSDAY
9 am – Iloilo Scholastic Academy visits Bo. Obrero National High School
4 pm – Iloilo Scholastic Academy mall show “Welcome the Year of the Horse”. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
JANUARY 31 FRIDAY
8 am – Chinese New Year Mass at Sta. Maria Parish
10 am – HSCI Lion and Dragon Dance. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
11 am – Festival Luncheon Banquet (By invitation), sponsored by the Iloilo City Government. Venue: Amigo Terrace Hotel
11 am – Start of the Chinese New Year Food Festival. Venue: Along Iznart Extension Street
3 pm – Grand Parade (Assembly time is 2:30 pm from the Provincial Capitol, Bonifacio Drive. The parade will pass Iznart, JM Basa, Aldegeuer and back to Iznart Street.
5 pm – Grand Cultural Show. Venue: Plazoleta Gay, Iznart Street (Chinatown Street)
8 pm – World Class Pyrotechnics/Fireworks Display sponsored by the SM Group of Companies
FEBRUARY 1 SATURDAY
3 pm – HSCI mall Show “Synergy”. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
6 pm – Ethnic Tribes of Ancient China Fashion Show and Eva Poon Show. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
FEBRUARY 2 SUNDAY
10 am – SYSHS Lion and Dragon Dance. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
4 pm – SYSHS Mall Show “Wonder Steps”. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center
FEBRUARY 15 SATURDAY
2 pm – Tinagan Martial Arts/Wushu Competition. Venue: SM City Iloilo Event Center