The Year of the Fire Red Monkey is upon us as Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School celebrated this year's Chinese New Year last February 12, 2016.
An annual event participated by all students, faculty and staff, the festivity started with a Chinese Mass led by Fr. Joseph Haw, S.J. and Fr. Ruben Orbeta, SJ.
A short program immediately took place inside the Chusuey Gymnasium with the dynamic Dragon Dancers coming to life followed by two special dance numbers coming from the Kinder pupils.
Various song and dance presentations coming from selected Grade 7, 8, 9 & 10 students entertained the Atenean crowd throughout the day. The morning's event was capped off by the spectacular Chinese dance coming from Mr. Dave Moreno's version of "The Monkey King".
The afternoon session was full of energy with the bombastic performance coming from Level 1 students who attended the annual City-Wide Parade. Their wonderful and colorful fan dance presentation spearheded by the Chinese and P.E. teachers gave the City of Love a glimpse of the talents that exists in AdI-SMCS's students.
The said parade was also participated by other Chinese schools including this year's host, Sun Yat Sen.
Just like the annual City-Wide performances before, Ateneans were able to showcase their talents in delivering a dance number that is truly fitting for Iloilo City. The event ended with a colorful fireworks display (John Paul Chua)