INTENSE rhythm of cymbals, gongs, and a big drum accompanied dancers who perform the dragon dance in front of the City Hall here today.
City Information Officer Ivy Guantero said the city government is teaming up with the local Filipino-Chinese community to celebrate the year of the rabbit.
“This is a week-long celebration. Together with the Filipino-Chinese community here, we are hoping the year of the rabbit will usher prosperity and hope,” Guantero said.
Guantero said the local business community took a beating in the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said they wish the year of the rabbit will usher a rebound for the local business community.
“We are crossing our fingers and wish the rabbit will be kind to us this year,” Guantero said.
Guantero said City Hall employees would be given tours around the Bell Church, a Filipino-Chinese temple, and a major cultural site in Barangay Macasandig, here starting this afternoon.
“There will be dragon dance performances along the streets occupied by Filipino-Chinese traders for the entire week,” she said.
Guantero said there would also be a dragon boat race along the Cagayan River on January 21.
She said a festival fireworks display is scheduled at the Bell Church in Barangay Macasandig this coming Saturday evening to cap off the week-long revelries.