(Metro News) Lim lauds Filipino-Chinese community’s contribution to Manila’s economic progress

February 4, 2011 12:28 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 3 – Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim said on Thursday that many Filipino-Chinese have greatly helped in the economic progress of the city due to their investments.

Lim joined the traditional "Grand Parade" to celebrate the Chinese New Year in the city's Chinatown district.

He acknowledged that the Filipino-Chinese traders have contributed to the business sector of the city, generating more jobs for residents not only of Manila but also of nearby cities and municipalities.

The officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry headed by its president Alfonso Uy and Councilor Moises Lim joined the event.

Representatives from the People’s Republic of China and various Chinese associations also graced the event.

“Whether it is Filipino New Year or Chinese New Year, we shared the same appeal – unity, friendship and love among Filipino and Chinese,” Lim said.

He ended his program speech with the traditional greeting of "Kung Hei Fat Choi!".

The parade that started at the Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz in front of the Binondo Church drew a huge audience.

The participants of the parade went around several streets in Chinatown up to Sta. Cruz Church and then back to the plaza.

Preceding the parade are lion and dragon dances of student-representatives from different Chinese schools.

During the parade, the mayor was seen giving away candies to the delight of the crowd. (PNA) LAP/LAM/CS

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