By: Ariene Kayette F. Malanog
As we welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster, EDSA Shangri-La celebrates the Chinese New Year by entertaining the mall goers in a five-day long celebration with lots of programs and activities that started from January 25 to January 29.
The event started with a day full of art at the Chinese Painting Exhibit featuring the artworks by students from the Ateneo de Manila’s Confucius Institute at the Grand Atrium on second floor of the Main Wing, and also the opening of the 11th Spring Film Festival by the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 featuring the movies: “Book of Love” “Everybody’s Fine”, “Red Amnesia”, “Wolf Totem” and “A Complicated Story”. A live mural painting demonstration by the Saturday Group of Artists was also held on the same day at the Streetscape.
A concert was also held on January 28 with the theme “An Afternoon of Beautiful Chinese Melodies: Chinese Musical Concert”, led by the Hope Christian School and the Philippine Cultural College. The concert’s main goal was to promote Chinese culture, according to Sidney Bata, program director for Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies.
On the same day, members of the Saturday Group of Artists participated in a live Mural Painting Demonstration and a free Chinese Lantern Painting Workshop at the level 4 hallway of the East Wing (between Muji and Quiksilver). The painted lanterns from the workshop were displayed at the Streetscape.
A free Pastel Painting Workshop with Master Fidel Sarmiento, President of the Art Association of the Philippines, was conducted on January 29.
Last year, the celebration was only two days, but this year it was made into five days, according to Bata. The five-day event was a success.