HONG KONG - The 21-member Kadayawan sa Dabaw, represented by the SinagTala Dance Company of St. John Paul College of Davao, wowed the crowd with their medley of Mindanao dances at the 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Parade street performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong on January 28.

The Kadayawan Sa Dabaw was one of the 35 performing groups during the event which included international contingents from Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the US, as well as local performing groups from Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Cathay Pacific, among others.

The parade was organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and sponsored by Cathay Pacific.

The Chinese New Year extravaganza is now on its 22nd year and this is the 3rd year that the Philippines participated in the parade. The Masskara Festival and the Dinagyang Festival performed in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

The Kadayawan sa Dabaw also performed on January 29 and 30 at the Hong Kong Well Wishing Festival 2017 at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square in Tai Po.

Tourism Promotions Board Chief Executive Officer Cesar Montano led the Philippine government officials who were in Hong Kong to support the Kadayawan sa Dabaw. Officials from the City Government of Davao headed by City Administrator, Atty. Zuleika Lopez also supported the event.

Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Bernardita L. Catalla hosted a welcome lunch for the performing group and the City Government of Davao officials on January 27 at the Philippine Consulate General.

Department of Tourism Marketing Representative for Hong Kong and Macau SARs, David Leung, coordinated the Philippine participation at the Cathay Pacific Chinese New Year Night Parade. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs