The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) led by President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong made an advance celebration of the ancient Chinese tradition of “Mid-Autumn Festival”, also known as the “Moon Festival” at a Thanksgiving luncheon for the media in Quezon City on August 17. It was successful event with a lot of guests filled the function room of Oriental Palace Restaurant.
Special guests were also in attendance, such as Presidential Spokesman Secretary Salvador Panelo, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and China Embassy Counsellor Xie Yonghui representing Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. FFCCCII officers and their Public Information & Media Committee hosted the playing of the traditional “pwa tiong chiew” dice game and gave away the festival’s mooncakes.
Aside from mooncakes, there were tons of prizes up for grabs such as power banks and backpacks. The grand winners from each group went home with a Cronus Bicycle. It was my first time to play the dice game and it’s fun. With 20 members for each group, everybody had to wait for the turn to throw the dice. It was fun and exciting.
Dr. Lim said that the annual Moon Festival, the eating and giving away of mooncakes represent happiness, thanksgiving, and goodwill which the organization and the Filipino Chinese community hope to share to fellow countrymen all over the Philippines, in the same way the Chinese Lunar New Year and the eating of “tikoy” have now become part of Filipino lifestyle.
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is Chinese civilization’s ancient harvest festival which is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, usually happening in late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, and this date has the most beautiful full moon that night. This 2019, the exact date of the Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) is September 13.
This FFCCCII luncheon was an advance celebration as a way to extend gratitude to the media for all the support the organization has received for its economic and civic causes. The event is also to help promote this ancient festival of mooncakes and thanksgiving in the Philippines.
FFCCCII is a business and civic federation of 170 Filipino Chinese chambers of commerce and diverse industry associations nationwide. Its numerous economic, socio-civic and cultural advocacies include the “Operation Barrio Schools” which donates public school buildings to poor rural regions, medical/dental missions, supporting Filipino Chinese fire volunteer brigades, undertaking disaster relief operations and many others.