ICCT Colleges Executives, Department Heads and students together with colleagues in Philippine Colleges and Universities China Studies Association (PCUCSA, Inc.) celebrated the Chinese Lantern Festival at the ICCT Sumulong Campus on February 24, 2013.
Chinese faculty members together with a group of Chinese and tourism students facilitated the said event and prepared a series of activities which was truly enjoyed by the visitors.
PCUCSA Officers had a tour around the Sumulong Campus and experienced its facilities. One of this is the DCLC Language and Culture Study Center. Ms. Xue Fei Fei, one of the Chinese faculty, facilitated a basic Mandarin Chinese lesson. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. More than one billion of the world’s population are Chinese speakers. The demand for efficient Mandarin Chinese linguists is rapidly growing around the world. The visitors actively participated in the lecture and said that the DCLC Culture and Language Study Center is an efficient aid in learning Chinese and other foreign languages.
ICCT Colleges’ Chairman, Dr. William S. Co, took some time to share their experience in Malaysia where they had a study tour together with 10 HRM and Tourism students, on February.
After the Mandarin language lesson, visitors and the participating students proceeded to the Hot and Cold Kitchen where they had a dumpling making workshop facilitated by HRM students. China has been perfecting the art of dumpling making since the Sung dynasty. Chinese dumplings may be round or crescent-shaped, boiled or pan-fried. The filling may be sweet or savory; vegetarian or filled with meat and vegetables. Of course, all this variety can be confusing yet delicious and pleasing to the eye.
The introduction of Jianzhi caught the attention of the visitors. Jianzhi is the Chinese art of paper cutting which originated from the Eastern Han Dynasty in the 6th Century. Ms Liu Ming Shu taught the visitors the basics of paper cutting and was then followed by an exhibition of Chinese calligraphy.
Chinese lanterns, originally crafted paper lamps used by Chinese monks are now merely decorative or more significantly used during the yearly Lantern Festival.
There are many different belief about the origin of the Lantern Festival. However, it is likely to have something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year. It is celebrated on the twelfth day of the first lunar month.
Chinese and HRM students taught the visitors how to make decorative paper lanterns out of colorful papers. Creativity of the participants was showcased through this.
The day ended with a dinner shared by everyone. They ate different Chinese delicacies and the dumplings they made earlier.
The celebration was indeed a nice way to jumpstart the year for ICCT Colleges and our comrades from Philippine Colleges and Universities China Studies Association (PCUCSA, Inc.).
(Aliecza Marie Herodiaz & Lovely Ortiz)