Firecrackers and fireworks have been banned in Davao City since 2001. New Year celebrations have been silent and safe. This year, the Chinese way of greeting the New Year was enjoyed by all.
Prayers from Buddhist monks were offered. Tikoy (rice cake), fruits and a huge bilao of biko (rice cake with caramel pudding) were shared for all to partake.
Davaoeño photographer Dennis Tan captures the spirit of the Chinese New Year in Davao City as 290 lanterns bearing wishes of prosperity, health, love and peace were released by Davaoeños.
For 30 minutes, these beacons of light shone brightly on a city richly blessed to have a diverse but unified people as sticky as the tikoy. Kung Hei Fat Choi!