Chinese art group to take part in Ilocos Norte cultural show

LAOAG CITY — An art group from the Chinese City of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, will be visiting Ilocos Norte this month for a performance on February 16 as part of the China-Philippines Cultural Festival.

The Festival allows for cultural exchange between Chinese and Filipinos, promoting greater cooperation and strengthening relations between the countries.

Quanzhou City is known as the birthplace of the “liyuanxi” regional opera tradition and home of the Quanzhou Art Institute, an institution devoted to the preservation and innovation of culture and training of quality talents towards the Chinese art industry’s socio-economic development.

In the past, groups on chartered flights coming from the Cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province had already been accommodated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Laoag.

Chinese Consul Wang Jianqun shared that the Consulate has started preparation for the upcoming performance.

“I am sure the art group will give a wonderful show to Governor [Imee R. Marcos], other officials, and the local people as well.”

According to Marcos, the Chinese Consulate has been Ilocos Norte’s “constant partners in sustainable and inclusive progress… in boosting agriculture, education, and our tourism industry.”

“The show will be close to the heart of every one who is very keen on Chinese culture and the entire Asian heritage.”

She is also confident that it would help “sustain the spirit of harmony between our two nations.”

In her 2016 State of the Province Address, she anticipated an influx of Chinese tourists for 2017, saying it is China’s tourism year in the ASEAN.

“We will welcome you to Ilocos Norte with open arms, hopeful that the spring, as the New Year, will indeed bring a new light and a new birth,” said Marcos.