Even before the coming of the Spaniards, Iloilo played an important role as a major trading post in the Visayas. Chinese merchants would sail to Iloilo to trade and in effect, building flourishing relationship with the natives. Today, Iloilo holds the distinction of having the third largest concentration of “Tsinoys” or Filipinos with Chinese ancestry or descent in the country. This year of the Tiger, the Ilonggos strengthen that Filipino-Chinese relationship with a grand celebration and festivity on February 12, 2010.
The Chinese parade will start from the Capitol grounds and end in the Freedom Grandstand, where a program will start at 4pm. The Chinese New Year program at Plazoletagay – Iznart St. will feature cultural shows, a food festival, and a grand fireworks display. There is also a food festival that will feature Chinese and Filipino Cuisine.