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Manila all set for Chinese New Year celebration – Mayor Honey

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna said Manila is all set to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA is all set for the holding of the Chinese New Year celebration this weekend.

This was announced by Mayor Honey Lacuna, who said that apart from the activities lined up by the city government in coordination with various Chinese-Filipino organizations, Manila Police District Director PBGen. Andre Dizon has also reported that the MPD security measures are already in place particularly in the areas where activities related to the Chinese New Year revelry will be held.

Lacuna also directed the provision of ample police personnel in temples where members of the Chinese-Filipino community are expected to flock as part of tradition in observance of the Chinese New Year.

The lady mayor said that the implementation of minimum health protocols related to the continuing pandemic is also advised.

According to Lacuna, the wearing of face masks where physical distancing is not possible is still being strongly recommended in order to avoid possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus, specially considering that there are still active cases to date.

Concerned city government departments, bureaus and offices as well as city-run hospitals have also been mobilized in the event that their services will be needed.

This year’s celebration of the said event, the first to be held after being stopped due to the pandemic, will be marked by the holding of a grand parade as well as dragon and lion dances, with Chinatown in Ongpin being the center of events.

Also highlighting the occasion is the grand fireworks display at the new Filipino-Chinese Friendship Bridge in Intramuros at 11 p.m. on January 21, the eve of the Chinese New Year which falls on January 22, 2023.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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