CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA)--Noting the strong ties of the Filipino-Chinese community and the local government here, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the Chinese New Year celebration is a season to thank such unity that aids in attaining a better CDO.
"Mindanao has had a period of brutal conflict where Chinese forefathers have thought of relocating elsewhere to a more peaceful place but they decided to stay on, to remain permanently here in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao and that to me is a very, very heartwarming vote of confidence for the people of Mindanao," Moreno said.
The celebration, which kicked off with dances, songs and creative presentations, January 20 at the Gaston Park, here, shows that the government treasures its relationship with the Filipino-Chinese community and the friendship between the Filipino and Chinese is paramount to the success of the city as a whole, said Simon Ching, Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc. president.
"Regardless of where the Chinese live, we make it a point to work harder to better our relations and ensuring we give back to our communities," Ching said citing various contributions of the community here such as the donation of public school buildings, creation of Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, bloodletting, and medical and dental outreach programs.
Ching also stressed that the Filipino and Chinese communities have been living together for the past many generations and despite the cultural differences, they are of one body in the betterment of communities as everyone strives towards the prosperity of the country.
Other lined-up activities for the Chinese New Year celebration in the city include the Fortune Feast, Chinese Lantern Wall Display, Symphony of Lights, Chinese Food Bazaar, New Year's Eve Fireworks, Prosperity Dance, Dragon and Lion Dance, and more. (RTP/PIA10)