By Elton Ongjoco
The Filipino-Chinese community gathered to celebrate the year of the Rooster in the 11th Spring Film Festival. Held at Shangri La Plaza, many Chinese cultural activities were done from January 28 and 29. There were 3 events, and one of those were the Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop.
The workshop is conducted by the Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies. Master Fidel Sarmiento showcased his skillful pastel techniques to the 50 lucky attendants who got free tutorials in pastel drawing. Most of the artworks Sarmiento shown were about nature, Chinese tradition and a rooster. The pastels and all the art materials were sponsored by the Shangri La mall.
The Spring Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the beauty and artistic side of Chinese films. Six films were shown in the event for free. Other events and activities were the Chinese lantern painting workshop, Chinese painting exhibit and Chinese Music Concert.