12 Important Activities at the Chinese New Year 2020 Celebration in Quezon City

Quezon City government in joint cooperation with Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (FFCCCII), Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI), Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation (QCCDF) will usher in the ” Year of the Metal Rat” on January 26, 2020 Sunday.

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Chinatown -Quezon City Welcome arch

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Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong ( president) Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. ( FFCCCII) together with Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores ( moderator/ columnist ,publicity and promotion chairperson for FFCCCII)

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Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation ( QCCDF) and Quezon City Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI).

12 Important Activities at the Chinese New Year 2020 Celebrations

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Banawe corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City

12.) Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong,Vice Mayor Gian Sotto together with Chinese ambassador -People Republic of China ( PRC), His Excellency Huang Xi Lian will be the special guests of honor. They will also lead the countdown and celebrations.

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Banawe street

11.) Traditional lion and dragon dance performances within Banawe and adjacent streets.

10.) Grand Parade and motorcade will be held in Banawe and within Quezon City’s -Chinatown district on January 26, 2020 Sunday which starts at 3:00 pm.

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9.) Chinese music and arts performances by Filipino- Chinese schools based in the city.

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Quezon City Symphonic Band

8.) Quezon City’s Symphonic Band will perform various musical rendition.

7.) Wushu and Martial Arts exhibition will be held to highlight the rich Filipino-Chinese culture.

6.) Chinese lanterns will light up major streets in the district.

5.) Filipino-Chinese deli food and trade bazaar will be held.

4.) Traditional Chinese cooking demonstration will be held to highlight the rich culinary heritage.

3.) Grand Concert of the Climax Band and Rico Blanco will cap the celebrations.

2.) Fireworks display will light up the Chinatown district at the end of the program.

1.) Reknown Feng Shui Master Reverend Father Wong Seng Tian will give his predictions for the Chinese New Year 2020.

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In 2013, Quezon City’s government installed two Chinatown arches at Banawe street corner Quezon Avenue, designating the area as ” Chinatown of Quezon City” and branding it as a world- class hub for the Filipino- Chinese community.

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Furthermore, the government passed City Ordinance 2453-2015, formally designating the QC Chinatown in Banawe street as one of the tourism districts, thus improving its accessibility, ensuring environmental sustainability and enhancing its infrastructure  and other amenities.

KHAI Neighborhood Christmas Party 2019

KHAI or Kingspoint Homeowners Association Inc. had a neighborhood Christmas party was held at the SB Kingspoint Basketball Covered Court.

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The event started with a registration which started past 6:00pm. The homeowners came with Gatsby themed inspired dress.

Christmas Party

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Several officials from the barangay, parish church, councilors and Quezon City officials were invited to the party, but only few managed to came.

Some gave away interesting items for raffle like the ones given by Hon. Karl Edgar Castelo (councilor of the 5th district), Congressman Alfred Vargas, Hon.Joe Visaya, Hon. Patrick Micheal Vargas and Hon. Shiara Liban.

Mayor Joy Belmonte was also invited to grace the occasion, but she send a representative to grace the get together.

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Mr. Karl Edgar Castelo- councilor 5th district

I have not heard the other councilor names since the sound system is not clear, which should be the first project of the association for 2020.

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Mr. Del Sanchez- one of the winners of the raffle

It was also announced during the program, that the subdivision association is raising some funds to purchase a fire truck. For those willing to help the association, any monetary support will be a great help.

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Address: 10-A. E. Alonzo Street, K.N.L. Diliman , Quezon City

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Live band and entertainment was performed by Lovers Duo from Baliwag, Bulacan, Kingspoint Happy Jogger group , Zumba Wednesday group, dance instructor and sector leaders.

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certificate of appreciation given by Christ the King parish to the association

The night ended with several winners of the on the spot raffle and ballroom dancing.

Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan theme of 9th OFW and Family Summit

Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan is this year theme at the 9th Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and Family Summit on November 12, 2019 at Hall-D , World Trade Center, Senator Gil Puyat ( Buendia ), Pasay City.

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Ms. Susan Ople and Senator Cynthia Villar

This aims to equip the OFWs with the necessary tools to grow their money here in the country. The press conference was moderated by Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople of the Ople Training Center. The 9th OFW and Family Summit aims to target at least 4,000 participants.

OFW and Family Summit

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Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who is also director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG).

“My family and many OFWs always look forward to this event because it has evolved into an occasion where OFWs and their families gather and interact with private and government institutions for concerts ranging from access to financial services, social benefits, legal assistance, among others,” Villar said.

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The summit will be graced by former Senate President Manny Villar, Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mar Villar, Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez.

English Learning Camp Chief Executive Officer Burn Guitterez, author of the country’s first finance-influenced comic book “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” will be talking on the growing one’s earnings. Also talking on the topic will be Ecofarm owners Eric Atanacio and Terra Verde; and President and Chief Financial Planner of Wealth Arki Consultancy, Inc.

On the topic of Business Landscape and Trends for Start-ups, panelists will be Emma Tolentino, Eco Natural Integrated Farm owner; Ace Vergel dela Cruz, acquisition executive of Grab Philippines; and Capt. Danny Ricohermoso, Executive Vice President of Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines, Inc.

OFWs turned successful entrepreneurs will also have their own segment led by Gene Gutierrez, owner of Big Ben’s Gourmet and Big Ben’s Kitchen; Bianca Tolentino, owner of Cofficina Cafe + Co-work; and Princess San Diego, founder of What’s Your Flan.i

Do not forget to visit Website: http://ofwsummit2019.villarsipag.org or visit the family desk at any Vista Mall and Starmall branches nationwide: on site registration as early as 6:00 am on the day of the summit.

Submit one of the following documents: copy if the OFW’s passport; proof of remittances; seaman’s book; job contract; copy of the documents establishing the relationship with OFW’s such as marriage certificate and valid ID.

Do not forget to pre-register and get a chance to win house and lot from Lessandra by Camelia, 2 motorcycle from Isuzu -Cavite, Pangkabuhayan Showcase from All Day Supermarket, Applicance Showcase from All Home, Xtreme Appliance and other prizes.

10 Important Events at Quezon City’s 80th Anniversary

Quezon City government in partnership with dozens of cause -oriented groups, advocacy group, volunteer organizations, business establishments started the kick-off celebrations on October 12 and 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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Quezon City employees from various agencies attended the grand parade

The event was dubbed Pista sa Kyusi which had a two day event celebration.

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Thousands of employees, students, cause oriented groups, bloggers, vloggers and the general public had a rare chance to attend some events, concerts, trade fair, cook-off challenge, art event, sports event, bureau of fire special service section and food fair held within the famed landmark.

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10 Important Events at the Quezon Memorial Circle

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10.) Quezon City hall grand parade- A grand parade which started within Quezon city hall ground and wereheld around past 7:30 am and moved to Liwasang Aurora at the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

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mobile library

9.) Mobile Library exhibit- There were 3 mobile library which is on constant on the move within many parts of the city.

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Quezon City public library (mobile van)

The mobile library provide several valuable services like reading literacy awareness, story telling, puppetryshocas among children and students of the city.

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QCX museum facade

8. Free QCX entrance – students, heritage advocates, bloggers, ordinary people and even foreign tourist were treated to a whole day of FREE entrance at the QCX museum. There are a lot of see and experience at the museum.

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author together with Mr. Paulo Ortega ( juanderingbulakenyo) and two Taiwanese tourists

For those who wanted to know and learn more of the city’s history, heritage, art, culture, advocacy. This is a must visit place.

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trade fair booths

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Care Channels inc.

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Balai Kamay

7. ) Trade Fair- There were over 80 booths which showcases different products, native crafts, organic material, advocacy group, health and wellness, photography group, art association and food.

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Len’s Bibingka and Putong Bumbong

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Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes

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Cook-Off Challenge

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6.) Food Fest – There were several food events held at the site. We were fortunate to witness the barbecue cook-off challenge from 6 barangays within the city.

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There were two representatives from the barangay. One of the challenge includes pork barbecue cooked-off.

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judges included well-known chefs, restaurateurs and qc tourism officers.

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pork barbecue

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5.) Art and Drawing Sessions- several well-known artists showcase their talents in painting and giving free art lessons. There were also art competition among young and budding artist of the city.

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Pop Art booths

Quezon City Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office is inviting businesses to join our collective called POP QC (Proudly Original Products of Quezon City).

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4.) Plant Stalls- There are several plant stalls located within the park. One can choose from different kinds of plants, ornamental flowering plants, herbs, orchids , pots among others.

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herbs and plastic pots for sale

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3.) Zumba and Dance Sessions- The group provides free zumba and dance session. One can just join -in with the group.

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2.) Free wall climbing and demonstration by Bureau of Fire Services

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1.) Garden of Joy and Other Landmarks- This is an important landmark for plant, orchid and horticulture lovers.  This used to be called Flower Garden or Hardin ng mga Bulaklak and now called Garden of Joy.

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Garden of Joy entrance

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Cymbidium finlaysonianum orchid attached to a narra tree

We hope that the orchids, ferns, bromeliads and other plants mounted on the trees within the garden will be properly nurtured taken cared off. Since a lot of the plants were donated by members of plant organization.

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Quezon Memorial Shrine

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Presidential Car Museum

One must also try to visit other well-known landmarks like Quezon Memorial Shrine, Presidential Car Museum, Quezon Heritage House and soon to open President Aquino replica house when one visits Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note : Happy 80th anniversary to Quezon City government and to all the organizers of the event.

Big Celebrations at Quezon City’s 80th anniversary

Big celebration, citywide contest, street bazaars, medical outreach project, lot of activities are geared up for the upcoming 80th anniversary of the founding anniversary month of Quezon City.

According to Mayor Joy Belmonte -Alimurong, 16 outstanding individuals and five institutions will receive the Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal awards 2019 in honor of their valuable contributions to the development of the nation on October 19 at Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

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Schedule of Activities for Pista sa Kyusi

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The festivities began with the enthronement of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary-La Naval, the city’s patron saint, on October 2 at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).

This was followed by the arrival of the Marian icon at the Quezon City Hall lobby on October 3.

On Philippine Councilors League Week starting October 8, health services will be offered free and on wheels with Health Caravan.

On October 9, the city will host the Talent Night of Miss Earth International at the Quezon City Experience (QCX). An annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant, Miss Earth is a pageant franchise that started in Quezon City in 2001.

Free medical consultation and health talks will be available especially for poor communities as the caravan tour two districts in a day until October 10.

Pista sa Kyusi (#Kyusi@80) will be held from October 12 until October 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle will be free concert, bazaars, art competition,  sport activities,barangay cook off challenge among others.

The QC Public Employment Service Office meanwhile announced that more than 6,400 job vacancies will be up for grab at the Mega Job Fair on October 8 and 25 at the QC Hall Grounds.

Agencies and companies from different industries such as fast food, manpower, overseas, and call centers will participate in the job fair.

It will be highlighted by the 2.5km and 5km Fun Run that will be led by the QC Hall Employees Athletic Association (QCHEAA) with well-known fitness coach and 2018 Gawad Parangal awardee, Mr. Jim Saret.

Other activities during this weekend include free rappelling and wall climbing, art competition for High School Students, exhibition of best QC barangay bands, Mocktail Mixed Drink with Flairtending Competition, Cocktail Mixed Drink with Flairtending Competition, QC Symphonic Band concert, and an outdoor film showing.

In partnership with St. Lukes Medical Hospital, a free medical and dental mission will be available to the public on October 13 at the lobby of the QC Hall.

Celebrating the artistic brilliance of the city, QCinema International Film Festival will run from October 13 to 22.

With the theme “A Rising Wave,” this year’s festival focuses on the strides of Asian filmmakers around the world and recognizes the growing number of women filmmakers joining competitions for documentaries and short films.

Moviegoers can catch must-see cinematic treasures that will be showcased at the festival at partner movie theaters UP Town Center, Robinson’s Magnolia, Trinoma, and SM City North Edsa.

On the third week, two book launchings will take us to the past and back to the contemporary time.

“The City with a Soul” book will be launched first on October 15 at the Quezon City Experience (QCX).

Written by Dr. Luisa T. Camagay of the University of the Philippines, the book tells the history and documents the journey of the city envisioned by the late President Manuel L. Quezon as “a city with a soul.”

It was an offshoot of data-gathering originally done to provide materials for the establishment of the city’s museum now known as QCX.

This will be followed by the launching of “Quezon City Food Journal” on October 19 at Eastwood Mall Atrium.

It is a compilation of stories of successes as well as the humble beginnings of 40 proudly QC restaurants and food purveyors that originated from the city.

October 30-31 at the Smart Araneta Center – there will be a hackathon with the Philippines is set to break a Guinness World Record as we solve world problems through an ethical hackathon led by Impact Hub Manila and all its partners.