16 February 2018 (ANGELES CITY) -- In celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival, the University of the Philippines – Confucius Institute (UP-CI) and the City College of Angeles (CCA) staged on Thursday a fashion show highlighting the rich Chinese and Filipino culture, arts, and tapestry.

According to CCA President Dr. Richard Daenos, the event stands as “a great opportunity not only to get familiar and promote Filipino culture but also to delve on other cultures as well as a way to build camaraderie, friendship and unity.”

Various collections of traditional to contemporary Chinese and Filipino accessories, costumes and attires were paraded during the fashion show by the finalists of Mr. and Ms. CCA 2018 together with former winners who also brought pride to the college.

The fashion gala also highlighted the creations of Angeles City’s finest couturier, Rich Sabinian.

“This is our second year with UP and Xiamen University collaboration and we are excited about where this team up will bring us,” said Dr. Daenos.

The students and guests were also delighted by the back-to-back cultural performance rendered by the CCA Sayaw Angeleño Dance Troupe and the Tinig Angeleño choral group.

During her speech, UP-CI Directress Dr. Lourdes Nepomuceno expressed her elation over the success of the CCA and UPCI collaboration.

“I would want to commend CCA for its unrelenting support in celebrating Chinese Spring Festival with the UP-CI. The extravaganza is one way to propagate the seeds of harmony between the Philippines and China,” Dr. Nepomuceno said.

The UP-CI Directress also urged the students of CCA to take the Mandarin Language course especially now that the UP-CI and the Xiamen University is taking the partnership with CCA to a new level.

“The UPCI is promoting Chinese language and some of you [the students] are taking Mandarin classes. To date, China needs 100,000 English teachers and if you know how to speak their language, you will have an edge,” Nepomuceno explained.

She also added that the UP-CI is allotting scholarships and grants to students who would pursue graduate studies in Chinese Language.

“You will be given scholarships if you want to pursue graduate studies here. You can pursue your master’s degree in Chinese Language Teaching and everything will be paid for by the government of China,” Nepomuceno furthered.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan lauded the CCA and UP-CI administration for the partnership that immersed the CCA students to the rich Filipino-Chinese culture.

“On a personal note, I am greatly wowed by the accomplishments that our city college has attained over the years. May our partnerships with various academic institutions like UP-CI flourish as we deliver the best quality education that our youth deserves,” he said.

The City College of Angeles will its 6th founding year this February. CCA is also set to introduce the college’s fourth core value during the opening day of its week-long founding celebration. (PR)

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/pampanga/local-news/2018/02/16/cca-fashion-gala-highlights-filipino-chinese-cultural-ties-589288