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Photo session at SM City Bacolod before proceeding to Bacolod Pavilion for dinner.

I married into a Chinese Christian family with my children being raised in such a household, but the Chinese traditions are loosely followed. On the other hand, while my mother’s side of the family is also predominantly Chinese, they did not really embrace the practices nor do they speak the language.

But last night, as we celebrated Chinese New Year (Jan. 31) here in Bacolod City in an organized effort called the Bacolaodiat Festival, I felt good in the sense that my children are able to connect to their Chinese heritage. Dindin wore a Cheongsam while Shane had a Chinese shirt. We joined in the lauriat dinner at the Bacolod Pavilion along with hundreds of other Filipino-Chinese families.

At the Spring Festival Dinner as part of the Bacolaodiat Festival.

At first, I hesitated going there. I was really tired but my mother-in-law said that she went through a lot of effort to get everyone a ticket. And so we all went and I am glad that we did. Aside from the lauriat dinner, we were entertained with traditional dance and song numbers and we were regaled with tales about the Chinese history.

When we went home, the kids were given ang pao (red envelopes) that contained money by their grandparents and uncle and aunt.

I think that it is a great thing that there are events like these. We cannot deny that most of us have Chinese roots and it is nice to connect with our culture and heritage. Bless the hearts of the people who have organized and sponsored the 9th Bacolaodiat Festival. Your efforts and generosity to keep the Chinese culture in Bacolod alive are much appreciated.

The giving of the red envelope to kids is part of the Chinese New Year tradition.

It was a wonderful event last night. Most of all, we got to be with family. That’s the most important thing.

Aside from the dinner last night, Dindin was able to join in the Bacolaodiat Festival opening program last Chinese New Year’s Eve (Jan. 30) at the Chopsticks Alley beside the Bacolod Capitol Lagoon. She goes to a Chinese preschool called Bright Kids Preschool so she and her classmates were given a chance to perform. Proud Mama moment here because she looked so good in her red dress as she sang and danced with gusto on stage. No stage fright. 😀 Thank you Teacher Sheryl and all the teachers for making these events possible for the kids.

Today is February 1. A new lunar year has begun. God bless us all and Happy Chinese New Year! 😀

The performance of Dindin’s class at the opening of the Bacolaodiat Festival.
Dindin’s class also performed at Robinsons place.

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Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at:
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36 Comments

  1. sherry ann gole cruz says:

    happy chinese new year.your daughter is very pretty and talented,i do wish my family could celebrate chinese new year too so luck would come our way!

  2. ann cagalingan says:

    Happy Chinese New Year Sis! wish you more Power to your Blog! 🙂

  3. Kung Hei Fat Choi! Your daughter is really very pretty wearing red dress, a chinese tradition color. My hubby is half chinese too and we also followed wearing red clothes if we have special gatherings.

  4. Cy valencia says:

    Happy Chinese New Year! I am half chinese but we loosely follo the traditions too.

  5. fati recede says:

    Happy chinese New Year to you and your family! 😀 what an awesome and happy celebration! 😀 May God Bless you and your family always! 😀

  6. Ivy Arancon says:

    Kung Hei Fat Choi! We also celebrated Chinese New Year

  7. Bernadette Zareno-Balino says:

    Happy Chinese New Year! That was so nice for sharing a traditional Chinese celebration of New Year. I remember way back when I was working in Taiwan, aside from the bonus on that day and big celebration of this holiday, I received also ang pao coming from co workers and lingpan. 🙂

  8. grace villegas says:

    kung he fat choi!more blessings to come to all of us,,and more power to your blog!

  9. grace villegas says:

    kung Hei Fat Choi!More blessings to come for us this year 2014,and more power to your blog!thanks for the opportunity to visit your blog,,God bless!

  10. May the year of the horse take you closer to your dreams! I am not familiar with Chinese New year Celebration,thanks for sharing your ideas and experience in this blog. God bless your lovely kids and your family! ^_^

  11. jaear paguio says:

    i’m not chinese but those activities that your family does really looks fun 🙂 and your right being with our family means everything 🙂

  12. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family! I just love how you celebrates your New Year, so colorful and I can see the happiness and togetherness of your family.

  13. happy chinese to you and to your family

  14. carla venie relayo says:

    happy chinese new year, keep celebrating always with ur family. love it

  15. Arra Morta says:

    Kung Hei Fat Choi! I’m glad your Chinese New Year was full of activities:)

  16. Jam Castro says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to your family!

  17. aiko borja says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to you and to your Family!

  18. Marilou P. Corpuz says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to you and to your family. May you always have a wonderful year ahead.

  19. MariChuy says:

    Kung Hei Fat Choi!
    I am not a Chinese but I believe in feng shui. I know that it is just a guidelines and we need such effort to success. Hoping that this year will be better than last year for each and everyone 🙂
    It’s nice to see you and your family having fun.

  20. Marinela Diaz says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to your family! Chinese culture is really interesting. It looks like Dindin had a lot of fun. She was smiling all throughout these events. 🙂

  21. kristine Pelayo says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family more blessings to come to all of us wish you more Power to your Blog and Godbless!

  22. Pearl Paguio says:

    Occasions like this truly reunite families and loved ones together. Your experience is definitely fun and heart warming, Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

  23. Juana Lopez says:

    We love Chinese, so we do hope also, Happy Chinese New Year!!! Enjoy your stay here in the Philippines always!!!

  24. Jastene Angelene E. Galacio says:

    I am not Chinese but my cousins has a Chinese blood so were kind of influenced by Chinese beliefs and traditions aside from the we also celebrate the Chinese New Year and give ang pao. I also remembered I was able to enter a Chinese school when I was in Kindergarten it was a fun experience aside from that I so love the Chinese food that makes me even more happier.
    Happy Chinese New Year

  25. Jackielyn Catalla says:

    Happy Chinese New Year Sis! wish you more Power and God bless

  26. Jackielyn Catalla says:

    Happy Chinese New Year Sis! wish you more Power and God bless.

  27. Cel Fajardo says:

    Happy Chinese New year to your family

  28. marjorie says:

    Kung Hei Fat Choi !!! i really love chinese new year and now its one of the festival here in bacolod we called bacolodiat …its very colorful and party party in the night :))

  29. renee malvar says:

    more powers to your upcoming blogs. Happy chinese new year! so nice to read your blogs!

  30. Happy Chinese New Year all of you.,…

  31. Happy chinese New Year to you and your family! 😀 what an awesome and happy celebration! 😀 May God Bless you and your family always! 😀 Enjoy your stay here in the Philippines always!!!

  32. kung he fat choi!more blessings to come to all of us,,and more power to your blog!

  33. kung he fat choi.. more blessings to come to all of us wish you more Power to your Blog and Godbless!

  34. Chona Gomba says:

    It’s great to hear of that! As the saying goes, “Ang di lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makararating sa patutunguhan”. We really must celebrate our roots for it is a significant part of lives. And also because of your Chinese roots, you’ve came up with such beautiful children 🙂

  35. Aegeane Brioso says:

    Belated Happy Chinese New Year Sis! May the lucky fortune be with you and in your family. Stay connected and more powers to your blog! 🙂

  36. Yna Bronozo (@yns023) says:

    What we did last Chinese New Year was we ate out with the whole family we celebrated it even though we are not chinese, maybe because it also became a tradition to other filipino family to celebrate it too, maybe to bring more luck or something. Anyway I maybe late in greeting you but here it goes Belated Happy Chinese New Year, may your year be filled with a lot of laughter and more exciting memories with family that could be cherish forever looking forward to more awesome post. God Bless sis ^^

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