Virtual Chinese New Year celebration slated for Filipino-Chinese community in Davao

Published February 2, 2021, 9:12 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Metal Ox will go virtual for the first time as the local government here continues to impose restrictions on movement due to the pandemic.

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“This will be the first time to celebrate it online because of the restrictions. This will be a throwback of the celebrations, so kahit may pandemic, the pandemic will not stop the Filipino-Chinese communities in celebrating the Chinese New Year,” said Dan Salvaña Jr., the event organizer of the 2021 virtual Chinese New Year Program in a statement from the City Information Office (CIO).

(This will be the first time to celebrate it online because of the restrictions. This will be a throwback of the celebrations, even if we are still in the pandemic, it will not stop the Filipino-Chinese communities in celebrating the Chinese New Year.)
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said mass gatherings are still prohibited because of the risks brought by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“What we can do is play recorded music or recorded video of a dragon dance or a lion dance and we can look for other activities na pwede nato buhaton on our own para masunod gihapon atong tradisyon pagsulod sa Chinese New Year,” she added during her regular radio program on Monday, Feb. 1.
(What we can do is to play recorded music or recorded video of a dragon dance or a lion dance and we can look for other activities that we can perform on our own to observe the tradition of welcoming the Chinese New Year.)

The mayor also said that physical performances in stores like the famous dragon and lion dances are prohibited.

“[Ang] Dragon dance ug lion dance dili sya buhaton didto sa mga tindahan because it will attract people to gather para motan-aw (The dragon and lion dances are not allowed in stores because it will attract people to gather and watch),” she said.

The city government also confirmed that the virtual celebration will be attended by the city mayor, Consul General Li Lin of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao, and a representative from the Davao City Chinatown Development Council.

The virtual event will be made available online through the city government’s social media account on new year’s eve on Thursday, February 11.

 
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