Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University Holds 19th Philippines-China Traditional Cultural Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines [Time]    2019-03-02 15:14:32 
 

On February 23rd, the 19th Philippines-China Traditional Cultural Festival was held at the Chinese Garden of Rizal Park. The traditional culture festival was co-organized by such organizations as the Chinese Embassy in Philippines, Manila City Government, the Federation of Philippine Chinese Communities, Philippine-Chinese Youth Society and the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University. More than 1,000 people participated in this activity, including Joseph Ejercito Estrada, former President of Philippines and Mayor of the City of Manila; Penelope D. Belmonte, Executive Director of the National Parks Development Committee of Philippines; Zhao Jianhua, Chinese Ambassador to Philippines; Pan Feng, Cultural Councilor; Cai Zhihe, President of the Federation of Philippine Chinese Communities; Gao Mingsen, Chairman of Philippine-Chinese Youth Society; Liang Guanghan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University; Filipinos from all walks of life, Chinese and overseas Chinese.


Opening ceremony

At the opening ceremony, Joseph Ejercito Estrada gave a welcoming speech, saying that Manila carries a lot of Chinese memories, and he hoped that there will be more exchanges in the future between Philippines and China on aspects such as cultural education and economy, so as to benefit the two peoples.

Pan Feng expressed his greetings and wishes to Filipinos and overseas Chinese and thanked the organizers and the working staff. He conveyed that the friendly exchanges between China and Philippines have enjoyed a long history, and this celebration activity would further promote the cultural exchange between these two countries and let the local people feel the charm of Chinese culture.

After the opening ceremony, people not only joined in cultural experience activities such as guessing lantern riddles in Chinese, Filipino and English, making the bean tea, printing poems in movable type and painting with sugar, but also enjoyed Chinese featured cuisine like sweet dumplings and bean tea. The art troupe from Guangxi brought the wonderful classical Chinese dance drama “Liu Sanjie” with all seats occupied and the atmosphere animated.


Sugar painting

In addition, the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University launched the theme activity “Charming Chinese Language”, bringing local people the digital and experiential cultural grand gathering of Chinese language and festivals, which displayed the innovative fruits of the integrated development of modern Chinese technology and culture. Other activities of “Happy Chinese New Year” AR and VR provided participants with authentic representation of typical elements of the Spring Festival such as the Monster Nian and the God of Wealth, as well as the characteristic culture like “Sichuan Opera Turns Hostile”. Various interesting interactive games such as 3D posters, AR posters and colored drawing cards not only helped people intuitively sense the New Year customs such as the dinner in New Year’s Eve, lion dance and fireworks, but also explained the rich cultural connotation behind these customs. People were all attracted by the digital cultural experience and took an active part in it, making the whole scene bustling.


Writing Chinese Characters Wisely

After the garden party, Penelope D. Belmonte experienced activities of the Confucius Institute such as AR, type printing and sugar painting accompanied by Liang Guanghan. She expressed that it was more than a pleasure to promote the Chinese culture at the Chinese Garden. The National Parks Development Committee of Philippines has always been actively repairing and maintaining the Chinese Garden. It is hoped to shape it into a land of friendship for exchanges between the two countries and I am looking forward to further cooperation with the Confucius Institute to continuously promote Chinese traditional culture and Chinese national characteristic culture.


Penelope D. Belmonte trying sugar painting

At the ceremony, the “Confucius Institute Corner at Rizal Park”, co-organized by the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University, Rizal Park and Philippine-Chinese Youth Society, was officially launched. This is the 14th Confucius Institute Corner that the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University established in the Philippine public institutions. The Confucius Institute has donated Chinese books, stationery and pendants to the Confucius Institute corners and held lectures and organized cultural experience activities there, building them into public platforms for the cultural exchange between China and Philippines, which provided opportunities for the Philippine mainstream society to understand China as well as to learn Chinese language and enhancing the mutual cultural exchange between China and Philippines.

Since the Philippines-China Traditional Cultural Festival started in 2001, it has been supported and helped by all walks of life of China and Philippines. And it is a grand gathering for cultural display and exchange between the two countries, carrying the profound friendship between the two peoples. As a partner of the cultural festival, the Confucius Institute at Ateneo de Manila University wishes to display the new trend in contemporary China while promoting the Chinese culture, learning from each other’s culture and deepening the friendship.

Mainstream media outlets such as Chinoy TV and China Global Television Network attached great importance to this activity and reported the event.