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Over 1,500 Attended the Multi-Cultural Show “Celebrate Colours” in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR

[25 June 2017] The multi-cultural show “Celebrate Colours” jointly organized by the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISS-HK) and the Philippine Consulate General came to a successful conclusion today at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium with over 1,500 participants attended, including distinguished guests from the diplomatic corps, government, district councils, as well as members from the business and public sectors. The Cultural and Leisure Services Committee of the Wan Chai District Council was the co-organizer of the show.

Forming part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, “Celebrate Colours” was a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural extravaganza, exemplifying the collective strength a mutually respectful and culturally diverse society could bring about.

The event kicked off with an opening ceremony with Mr Matthew Cheung, the Chief Secretary of the HKSAR as the Guest of Honour. Mr Cheung said at his speech, “Hong Kong is home to a diverse and multi-racial community where more than 200,000 ethnic minority people have chosen to settle here. I truly appreciate that many ethnic minorities, having been here for generations, still play important roles in shaping the city’s history, and contribute to making our home a better place to live in. We embrace the value of racial equality to make us an inclusive, cohesive and strong community.”

Miss Bernardita L. Catalla, Consul-General of the Philippines in Hong Kong, said at her welcoming speech, “My profound thanks go to the Government of Hong Kong SAR and our kind and generous donors for giving their full support to this special show which allows us, members of the ethnic communities, to express our appreciation to the people of Hong Kong for welcoming us to work, live, love, and build and fulfill our dreams in our beloved Hong Kong, our home for now.”

Mr CP Ho, Chairman of ISS-HK, also said, “We are proud to be in partnership with the Consulate-General of the Philippines in Hong Kong to present ‘Celebrate Colours:  Hong Kong is Home’. In so doing, we are paying tribute to the ethnic minorities among us who have helped make our community so colourful and diverse, so caring and harmonious.”

There was a total of 19 groups of performers of various ethnicity, including from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, as well as Chinese Zhuang folk dance and Chinese Wushu group. A song titled “Hong Kong is Home”, also the theme of the show, has also been specially composed to celebrate the ethnic minority’s integration to Hong Kong society and was performed at the finale.

An exhibition on the Philippine culture and its ties to Hong Kong was also in place at the Foyer of Queen Elizabeth Stadium on same day, showcasing how the Philippine flag was made in Hong Kong and the various facets of Chinese culture intermingling with the Filipino lifestyle.