IN celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philippine-China Diplomatic Relations, the Jilin Art Troupe, a multi-arts groups from Northeastern China, performed at the at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on March 4.
Colorful outfits, graceful moves, enticing songs, magical antics, and a heartwarming message about family, love, and unity were depicted in the group’s “Happy Chinese New Year” presentation.
“Through the Jilin Art Troupe: Happy Chinese New Year presentation, I would like to wish good luck and happiness to the Philippines,” said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua in his welcoming remarks at the special program.
He further talked about Chinese New Year as one of the most celebrated festivals in China, and was very happy that Filipinos have also come to celebrate the occasion along with many other nations around the world.
Meanwhile, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. was delighted with the success of the cultural presentation that was made possible through a collaboration among the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the city government of Batangas, the National Parks Development Committee, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., and The Theatre at Solaire.
According to de Leon, the Chinese culture has been part of the Filipino’s way of life and it was but fitting to celebrate this great culture through the Jilin Art Troupe show.
The Jilin Provincial Art Troupe is comprised of the best performers from all across the Jilin province. Its programs represent the highest level of Jilin stage art. The group has long been the main event of the Spring Festival Gala produced by China Central Television (CCTV) for 17 consecutive years, becoming one of the country’s most famous arts groups.
In recent years, the Jilin Province has been striving to build brands of folk songs and dances, the Jilin Opera and other stage art programs with local and ethnic features. The group has performed in world-class art halls in Russia, France, Italy, USA, South Korea, North Korea, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The said troupe has also represented China in an art competition in Kazakhstan, international dance festivals in Turkey and Jordan, and special art performances of informal meetings of leaders of APEC. Moreover, they have performed at the Shanghai Grand Theater to for People’s Republic of China president Xin Jinping and 46 other leaders of states and international organizations.
For their Philippine visit, the group appeared in shows at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium on March 1; the Batangas City Convention Center on March 2; and at The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino on March 5.
Cebu was also filled with Chinese merriment at the White Gold Club on March 7; as well as Davao at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang Davao City on March 9.