Baguio celebrates lunar new year a day late
BAGUIO CITY- Baguio celebrated this year’s spring festival on Wednesday, a day after the Chinese New Year with a parade led by dragon dancers along downtown Session Road.
Residents and tourists gathered at 2:30 p.m. to catch candies hurled by hundreds of Chinese Filipino participants, many of them business entrepreneurs and employees.
Some of the children lined up along the sidewalk with upside-down umbrellas to collect the most goodies thrown out by revelers.
Some of the summer capital’s oldest families are of Chinese lineage. Their great-grandparents set up trading areas and vegetable farms or helped build the roads to the mountain city.
The Bell Church, one of the oldest places put up by Chinese immigrants who settled in Benguet province, currently straddles Baguio and Benguet capital, La Trinidad. It serves as a gathering place for generations of Baguio and Ibaloy residents with Chinese roots.
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