On February 16, 2015, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde celebrates Chinese New Year. The celebration was divided into two segment; The Chinese Painting Exhibits and Cultural Performances held in ARG Theatre and Chinese Food Bazaar held in Greenway Square, Taft Campus.
The grand celebration was attended by the highest ranking Chinese Envoy in the Philippines, Honorable Sun Xiang Yang, Charge‘d Affaires and Political Counselor, concurrently the Acting Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China joined by Chinese Consul Wu Yong Xin and notable Philippine business and community leaders, together with CSB top administrators Br. Mike Valenzuela FSC, Ms. Carmelita Lazatin; Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission and Student Life, Mr. Benhur Ong; Vice Chancellor for Administration, Ms. Norie Dionisio; Department of Student Life Dean and many more.
Top performers from Chiang Kai Shek College, Philippine Cultural College and Philippine Institute of Quezon City showcased different Chinese dance, song numbers, and martial arts performance among others. Also, numerous famous Chinese foods were served at the Chinese Food Bazaar, all for free and take note it was buffet type-serving.
According to Mr. Jefferson Wang, Overall Project Head of Benilde Chinese New Year celebration, the events aims to give Chinese-Filipino students the chance to share one of their most celebrated traditions to the Benildean community. In fact, there is a huge Chinese and Chinese Filipino population in CSB. This celebration provides our Community with the opportunity for enrichment of awareness and knowledge on Chinese culture, tradition and implications. Mr. Wang added, Benilde organized and celebrates Chinese New Year not just for the sake of it is Chinese New Year. We are celebrating Chinese New Year, because we, Filipinos and Chinese have a very deep relationship, wherein Chinese culture, tradition, cuisine, language and many more have already blend in with the Filipinos.
As estimated by event marshals, it was attended by 350 participants from the Benildean community and indeed a very successful event. Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year!