Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, IFFI Chairman Judgee Peña, IFFI President Allan Tan, Chinese New Year 2024 Chairman Roland Uy, Filipino Chinese Family Associations, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo Inc., and Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Panay Inc. led the opening program.
On February 9, a grand parade from Capitol will kick off at 4:00 pm to Chinatown, followed by a grand cultural show, food festival, and fireworks display at the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arc at Plazoleta Gay, Iznart Street.
The Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10.
“As a yearly tradition, the Ilonggos are joining the whole nation in celebrating the Chinese New Year, especially with the Filipino-Chinese community here in the City of Love. Iloilo City has come a long way as evident of its continuous progress and development, and we must acknowledge the selfless contribution of our beloved Ilonggo Tsinoys in the city’s relentless journey towards development,” Treñas stressed.
“It cannot be denied that the Public-Private Partnership that was forged with Ilonggo Tsinoys has grown deeper and bigger, creating a great impact in all our endeavors, especially in achieving our goals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Uy emphasized the big contribution of the Filipino-Chinese community in the city’s overall progress.
A Thanksgiving Mass at Sta. Maria Chinese-Filipino Parish is set on Feb. 11 at 8:00 am and Chinese New Year Closing Ceremony at Park Square, Festive Walk Parade at 5:00 pm. (Andrea Pearl Fernandez/Iloilo City PIO)