Loren wants to make Chinese New Year a holiday


Posted at Dec 18 2012 10:58 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2012 06:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda again expressed her support for a bill that aims to declare the Chinese New Year a special non-working public holiday in the Philippines.

Legarda said she wants to co-sponsor the bill, citing the contribution of Chinese-Filipinos to the country.

“For centuries, Filipino and Chinese communities have had extensive ties that date back to the time of Jose Rizal and General Vicente Lim. While our relationship then was primarily built on trade and commerce, it has gradually evolved so as to encompass the economic, and socio-cultural history of the Philippines,” the senator said in a statement.

“At present, the ethnic Chinese and the Filipinos with Chinese ancestry, which make up about 23.3% of our country's total population, have continuously played a crucial role in our pursuit of economic growth and sustainable development. It is on this note that I express support in the passage of this bill, which I wish to co-sponsor today, Senate Bill 3289, or An Act Declaring the Chinese New Year A Special Nonworking Public Holiday In the Philippines,” she added.

Legarda said it is with “great fervor” that she pushes for the bill’s passage and hopes that “the relationship between China and the Philippines continue to flourish.”