Iloilo Chinese New Year 2024

The year of the Dragon is here! To celebrate as “descendants of the dragon” here is the 2024 Chinese New Year Guide (Iloilo)! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Zàijiàn!

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional festival celebrated by the Chinese community worldwide.

The 2024 theme for Chinese New Year is “Harmony in Bloom: 20 Years of Cultivating Filipino-Chinese Unity”.

The Iloilo City Government, Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI), and the local Chinese community launched the week-long Chinese New Year celebration with cultural exhibit at SM City Iloilo Event Center Feb. 6.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, IFFI Chairman Judgee Peña, IFFI President Allan Tan, Chinese New Year 2024 Chairman Roland Uy, Filipino Chinese Family Associations, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo Inc., and Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Panay Inc. led the opening program.
On February 9, a grand parade from Capitol will kick off at 4:00 pm to Chinatown, followed by a grand cultural show, food festival, and fireworks display at the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arc at Plazoleta Gay, Iznart Street.
The Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10.
One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the showing of the Quanzhou String Puppetry at West Visayas State University Cultural Center, and Chinese New Year Mall Shows at SM City Event Center, Main Mall and Indoor Atrium, and Festive Walk Mall on Feb 10–11.
Four Chinese-Filipino schools, namely Sun Yat Sen High School of Iloilo, Ateneo de Iloilo, Iloilo Scholastic Academy, and Hua Siong College of Iloilo, will perform dragon and lion dances.
Treñas said that the celebration themed “Harmony in Blossom: 20 Years of Cultivating Filipino-Chinese Unity” is a manifestation of strong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the city.
“As a yearly tradition, the Ilonggos are joining the whole nation in celebrating the Chinese New Year, especially with the Filipino-Chinese community here in the City of Love. Iloilo City has come a long way as evident of its continuous progress and development, and we must acknowledge the selfless contribution of our beloved Ilonggo Tsinoys in the city’s relentless journey towards development,” Treñas stressed.
“It cannot be denied that the Public-Private Partnership that was forged with Ilonggo Tsinoys has grown deeper and bigger, creating a great impact in all our endeavors, especially in achieving our goals,” he added.
Meanwhile, Uy emphasized the big contribution of the Filipino-Chinese community in the city’s overall progress.
“The Filipino-Chinese community has forged an unyielding and sturdy relationship that has contributed a lot to strengthening both cultural and economic development. Our celebration will be extra special because there will be a cultural exhibit that will showcase different festivals in China, Chinese New Year Mall shows, food festivals, grand parades, cultural shows, and the Quanzhou String Puppetry that will join us for the first time,” he said.
A Thanksgiving Mass at Sta. Maria Chinese-Filipino Parish is set on Feb. 11 at 8:00 am and Chinese New Year Closing Ceremony at Park Square, Festive Walk Parade at 5:00 pm. (Andrea Pearl Fernandez/Iloilo City PIO)

Schedule of Activities

FEB 6 TUESDAY | 3:00 PM

Opening of the Chinese New Year Celebration

SM City Iloilo Event Center, Main Mall

FEB 6 TUESDAY | 4:00 PM

Opening of the Chinese New Year Cultural Exhibit

SM City lloilo, North Point

FEB 6-11 TUESDAY- SUNDAY | Mall Hours

Chinese New Year Cultural Exhibit

SM City lloilo, North Point

FEB 7 WEDNESDAY | 3:00 PM

Chinese New Year Mall Show (Iloilo Scholastic Academy)

SM City lloilo Event Center, Main Mall

FEB 8 THURSDAY | 3:00 PM

Quanzhou Puppet Show Preview

SM City lloilo Event Center, Main Mall

FEB 8 THURSDAY | 3:00 PM

Quanzhou Puppet Show Preview

Indoor Atrium, Festive Walk Mall

FEB 9 FRIDAY | 11:30 AM

Chinese New Year Food Festival

Iloilo Chinatown

FEB 9 FRIDAY | 4:00 PM

Chinese New Year Grand Parade

Provincial Capitol to lloilo Chinatown

FEB 9 FRIDAY | 5:00 PM

Chinese New Year Grand Cultural Show and Fireworks Display

Filipino- Chinese Friendship Arch

FEB 10-11 | SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Quanzhou Puppet Show Full Performance

WVSU Cultural Center

FEB 10 & 11 SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Chinese New Year Mall Shows (Hua Siong College of lloilo and Sun Yat Sen High School)

SM City Iloilo Event Center, Main Mall and Indoor Atrium, Festive Walk Mall

FEB 11 SUNDAY | 8:00 AM

Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass

Sta. Maria Chinese – Filipino Parish

FEB 11 SUNDAY  | 5:00 PM

Chinese New Year Closing Ceremony

Park Square, Festive Walk Parade (in Front of ILOMOCA)

Source: Iloilo Chinese New Year | Facebook

Chinese New Year Celebration 2024 Rerouting Plan

GOING TO CITY PROPER AREA:

• Villa/ Mandurriao From General Luna turn RIGHT Quezon Street turn LEFT Rizal Street to Maria Clara General Blanco to Ortiz Street turn RIGHT Jm Basa Street back to Rizal Street turn RIGHT Valeria Street turn LEFT Ledesma or Delgado Street turn RIGHT Mabini Street turn LEFT General Luna back to origin

• From Molo Timawa Delgado turn RIGHT Jalandoni Street turn LEFT Ledesma Street turn RIGHT Quezon Street turn LEFT Rizal Street to Maria Clara General Blanco to Ortiz Street turn RIGHT Jm Basa Street back to Rizal Street turn RIGHT Valeria Street turn LEFT Ledesma Street turn RIGHT Jalandoni Street turn LEFT Delgado Street back to origin

• From Ledesma Street turn RIGHT Quezon Street turn LEFT RizalStreet to Maria Clara General Blanco to Ortiz Street turn RIGHT Jm Basa Street back to Rizal Street turn RIGHT Valeria Street turn LEFT Ledesma Street towards Infante back to origin

LA PAZ / LAPUZ going to CITY PROPER AREA:

• From Jaro passing towards Luna Street turn LEFT Huervana Street turn Right Rizal Street to Drilon Bridge towards Muelle Loney Street turn RIGHT Guanco Street turn LEFT Jm Basa Street toward Port San Pedro back to Sto Rosario turn LEFT Zamora turn RIGHT Jm Basa turn RIGHT Peralta Street turn LEFT Muelle Loney Street toward Quirino Bridge Muelle Loney to Drilon Bridge turn RIGHT Esplanade 7 turn RIGHT Luna Street back to origin.

• From LaPaz passing towards Huervana Street turn RIGHT Mabini Street turn LEFT Magdalo Street turn LEFT Luna Street towards Hechanova Street to General Luna Street turn RIGHT Jalandoni Street turn LEFT Ledesma Street TURN RIGHT Quezon Street turn LEFT Rizal Street to General Blanco turn LEFT Ortiz Street turn RIGHT Rizal Street to General Hughes turn LEFT San Rafael Street to Sto.Rosario turn LEFT Zamora Street turn RIGHT Jm Basa turn RIGHT Peralta Street turn LEFT Muelle Loney Street toward Quirino Bridge Muelle Loney to Drilon Bridge turn RIGHT Esplanade 7 turn RIGHT Luna Street turn right Huevana back to origin

• From Tagbak Jaro passing Luna Street turn RIGHT Hechanova Street to General Luna Street turn RIGHT Jalandoni Street turn LEFT Ledesma Street turn RIGHT Quezon Street turn LEFT Rizal Street to General Blanco turn LEFT Ortiz Street turn LEFT Jm turn RIGHT Peralta Street turn LEFT Muelle Loney Street toward Quirino Bridge Muelle Loney to Drilon Bridge turn RIGHT Esplanade 7 turn RIGHT Luna Street back to origin

• From Bo. Obrero Lapuz passing towards Rizal Street to Quirino Bridge turn LEFT Muelle Loney Street turn RIGHT Guanco Street to turn RIGHT Mapa Street turn LEFT Rizal Street turn LEFT Ortiz Street turn LEFT Jm Basa Street turn RIGHT Peralta Street turn LEFT Muelle Loney towards Quirino Bridge turn RIGHT Rizal Street back to origin

Source: Iloilo City Traffic Management Unit

Chinese New Year is a time of joy, reflection, and hope for the future. The specific customs and traditions can vary across regions and communities, but the core elements of family, food, and festivities remain central to the celebration.

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