City of Pines to host first Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

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The festival will feature cultural exhibitions and a Chinese painting demonstration. There will also be displays of wushu and tai-chi, lighting of torches, a programme of movies and, of course, a Dragon Dance.

The Filipino-Chinese community is teaming up with Baguio museum to stage the First Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the City of Pines.

The event, which is expected to become an annual fixture on the calendar, opens on Saturday, September 22, at the Baguio City Museum.

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City information officer Aileen Refuerzo said the festival — which is also known as the harvest and moon festival — is celebrated in most East Asian countries. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival is considered to be the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year.

Baguio City Museum executive director Stella Maria De Guia said there were plans to make the festival an annual celebration in the tradition of the Tanabata Festival.

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The opening ceremonies will get underway at 2pm with a traditional Lion Dance.

This will be followed by the inauguration of the ‘Full Moon Rising’ art exhibit by Norman Chow and Chino Chow. The event will be attended by the People’s Republic of China Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Congressman Mark Go, Baguio Museum President Fred Bagbagen and board of trustee member Peter Ng as well as the heads of the various local Filipino–Chinese organizations.

Domogan, Go and Ambassador Zhao Jianhua will deliver speeches during the opening.

After the the formalities are done, the festival itself will feature cultural exhibitions and a Chinese painting demonstration. There will also be displays of wushu and tai-chi, lighting of torches and a programme of movies. Traditional Moon Cakes and other treats will also be available.

The event runs until September 30. For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

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