MANDALUYONG- The Chinese New Year has been a wonderful opportunity for the Chinese community in the country to showcase the brilliant culture as they kicked off the Spring Film Festival last January 25, 2017 at the Shangrila mall in Mandaluyong.
This 5-day event organized by students from Ateneo De Manila University was attended by various personality withine the local government of Mandaluyong and personalities from the Filipino-Chinese Community. The aforementioned occasion has four major highlights and these are ; The Chinese Painting Exhibit, The Chinese Music Concert, Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop and the Showcase of selected Chinese movies. I was able to witness the painting exhibit which was beautiful and strategically placed in the center of the mall entrance for all the mall-goers to see. The exhibit showcases various kinds of painting with one uniting theme, Chinese The start of the exhibit happened on January 25,2017 the same day as the festival has started.
These works are from student and professional painters across the Filipino-Chinese Community. Dr. Sidney Bata, the Director of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies of Ateneo De Manila University talked about how they try to improve the event every year by choosing movies that people would watch and would help connect the two countries during the opening ceremony. This nonetheless is very visible with the works of all the artists.
The exhibit has ended last January 29, 2017 during the closing ceremony happened in Shangrila Events place. Admirers of the featured works can still see the artworks by accessing their page at https://www.facebook.com/SpringFilmFestival/
by: Ma.Pauline Tan