September 23, 2023

The city government and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese community will formally launch the Summer Capital’s Spring Festival Celebration and Chinese Lunar New Year 2020 on Jan. 13 during the flag-raising rites at the City Hall grounds.
The event’s secretariat head Pepito Avena said the program will include messages from Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Rep. Mark Go, and festival chair Peter Ng and adviser Kane Chanbonpin.
Filipino-Chinese community officer Chino Chow will explain the significance of 2020 as the Year of the Rat.
A traditional lion dance by the Bell Church athletic group will be presented during the program including the unveiling of the celebration’s calendar of activities led by local officials, Filipino-Chinese community officers and other guests.
The activities include a media fellowship night on Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., at Hotel Supreme; barangay gift-sharing at a still undisclosed venue on Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.; New Year celebration of Bell Church and gift-giving program on Jan. 25, 1 p.m., at the Bell Church grounds.
Avena said the grand colorful parade is on Jan. 27 with assembly time at 1 p.m., Upper Session Road, while the parade will start at 2:30 p.m. traversing the city’s main thoroughfares and ending at the Melvin Jones grandstand.
Capping the celebration is a dinner awards and fellowship night, 7 p.m., at Hotel Supreme.
The city council passed Ordinance 18, s. 1999 officially recognizing the annual observance and celebration of the Chinese New Year in the City of Baguio and making it a policy of the city government to support it by coordinating with and assisting the private sector responsible for the planning, formulation and implementation of the festival’s programs and activities. – Gaby Keith