Chinese people all over the world will welcome the New Year on January 28 with general merriment, family gatherings, firecrackers, feasts and lucky money red envelops for children. We join the estimated 1.5 million ethnic Chinese in the Philippines in ushering in the Year of the Rooster with a lot of hope for the home that we share.
In this issue Michael Gonzalez revisits the myriad Chinese influences on Filipino culture with “Porcelain and Pansit.” Our peoples’ long history together etched these cultural markings, and it also explains why nearly a quarter of all Filipinos have some Chinese ancestry. Enjoy Michael’s piece with “Chinese Peanut Cookies for the Lunar New Year of the Rooster,” courtesy of The Happy Home Cook.
This issue also has Rey De La Cruz's “Art for Love's Sake,” which features artist Angelito de Leon David.
Our Video of the Week is “Filipinas” by Trio Los Panchos. This Spanish group visited the Philippines in 1958 and recorded the album "Siete Notas de Amor," which features Filipino folksongs.