The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration will be more festive compared to previous celebrations.
China Town Development Council public relation officer Jasper Huang said that this year’s celebration will see more activities and more participants.
He said that the organizer for this year’s celebration is Dan Salvania of Salvo Events.
“We are inviting everyone to join, because Chinese New Year is something that the Chinese and Filipinos celebrate,” Huang said during the Ispeak media forum held at the City Hall on February 8, Thursday.
He said the event will be attended by the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte- Carpio and city councilors of Davao City.
The countdown for the Chinese Lunar New Year will be on February 15 and will be held at Rizal Park 5:30 in the afternoon all the way to the Chinese New Year on the 16th of February.
“We choose Rizal Park again as the venue of our celebration which was also the venue of the celebration before because there is a good response from the Dabawenyos and the organizers added more gimmick for everyone to enjoy,” he said.
He said that during the countdown, a blizzard machine will produce snow, the first in Davao City.
The usual activity like feeding of porridge and giving away of Nian Gao commonly known as “tikoy” is still part of the celebration.
“For the event there will be food stalls, there will be Chinese food for sale and there are new activities that we still cannot divulge to the public, there will be a lot of surprises,” he added
Steve Arqyuiza, member of the China Town Development Council said that Chinese schools will also be participating by performing Chinese themed performances.
Meanwhile, the Davao City Police Office spokesperson, Police Senior Inspector Teresita Gaspan said that the security details for the upcoming Chinese New Year are in place.
“Our security plan for the Chinese New Year is already prepared, we are doing this yearly but for this yearly we have prepared more than the standard security plan,” Gaspan said.
She said that the security details are heightened because the Mindanao is still under the Martial Law, therefore the public will expect strict inspections on their bags. She reminds the public that bringing of fire arms and bladed weapons are prohibited.
She assures the public that there are security details in all places of engagement in the duration of event.
“There is a contingency plan and we will be augmented by the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB),” she said.