The Gift of the 9th Spring Film Fest

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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By Jude Bautista

For 9 consecutive years a mix of educational institutions and organizations like the Ateneo De manila University, Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese studies, the Cultural division of the People’s Republic of China, the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo De Manila, Ateneo Celadon and Shangri La Plaza have come together to hold the Spring Film festival.

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi is lead actress in THE GRANDMASTER, a film about Kung Fu legend Ip Man who was the teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Zhang Zhi Yi is lead actress in THE GRANDMASTER, a film about Kung Fu legend Ip Man who was the teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

This year, THE GRANDMASTER starring Zhang Zhi Yi and Tony Leung, CAUGHT IN THE WEB (Gao Yuan Yuan and Mark Chao), children’s animation hit LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT are just a few of the titles that can be seen for free at the Shang Cineplex as part of the fest running from Feb 13-22, 2015

Kids and grown ups will love THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Kids and grown ups will love THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

The event has grown to having a Chinese Painting Exhibit, which will run from Feb 12-20. Workshops by renowned teachers such as Ceasar Cheng will be open to the public for free on Feb 14 & 20. A Lion / Dragon Dance exhibition will also be held on Feb 21 all activities will be held at the Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam ¬¬¬Perez, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin and P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam Perez, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin and P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

In his speech, Ateneo De Manila University President Fr. Jett Villarin praised the fest as more than just a collection of screenings and activities, “9 years these are significant opportunities for Filipinos especially the youth to understand the rich culture and language and heritage of China. It is our hope that understanding and appreciation will lead to greater peace and harmony among our peoples. It is only when we learn to look at the world with each other’s eyes that we can understand each other and discover our shared humanity. It is so important that we look at the world with each other’s eyes. This is what we’re trying to do even within our own Philippines. That is the gift that these films, these paintings and other exhibits give us.”

Living By the Lake 1 by Nei Nei Hui Chun 13.5 x 17 inches. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

Living By the Lake 1 by Nei Nei Hui Chun 13.5 x 17 inches. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas reminded attendees of the opening, “Tonight is truly a night of new beginnings in more ways than one. At the Shang Cineplex the Spring Film Festival will kick off our highly anticipated line up of premiere international film festivals for the year. We thank our festival partners who have become good friends throughout the years.” Among the international film fests held at Shang Cineplex are the Silent Film Festival, Cine Europa and Eiga Sai.

A fan takes a selfie with the dragon dancers. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with the dragon dancers. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

l-r: Dr. Rosita Leong & Ricardo Leong founders of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Master Juan Guang, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam ¬¬¬Perez, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng and Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

l-r: Dr. Rosita Leong & Ricardo Leong founders of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Master Juan Guang, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam Perez, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng and Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

P.R.O.C. Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng credited ADMU & the Ricardo Leong Center for helping promote Chinese culture; “The Chinese film industry has made rapid development & improvement in recent years. China is now the third largest film producer in the world after India and the U.S. By watching these movies it will open a window to a rich and colorful Chinese culture. With the effort of the Ateneo De Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, the Spring film festival has been successfully held the past 9 years with an increasingly positive and important interest from Philippine society.”

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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from left: Shangri La (Yangon, Myanmar) Dir of Sales & Mktg Yinn Mar Nyo, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan and ADMU VP for Univ.&Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shangri La (Yangon, Myanmar) Dir of Sales & Mktg Yinn Mar Nyo, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan and ADMU VP for Univ.&Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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At the Break of Dawn by Ceasar Cheng 27”x18”. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

At the Break of Dawn by Ceasar Cheng 27”x18”. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

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There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Participants in the Chinese Painting Exhibit. Visit the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants in the Chinese Painting Exhibit. Visit the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Dr. Rosita Leong poses by the work of Fidel Sarmiento who has a new approach to Chinese painting. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dr. Rosita Leong poses by the work of Fidel Sarmiento who has a new approach to Chinese painting. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sun Diao plays the Chinese fiddle called ERHU at the opening of the Spring Film fest. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sun Diao plays the Chinese fiddle called ERHU at the opening of the Spring Film fest. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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There were long queues for the Spring film festival opening movie THE GRANDMASTER. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There were long queues for the Spring film festival opening movie THE GRANDMASTER. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee with Lion Dancer. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee with Lion Dancer. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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L-r: Shang Plaza Mktg MJ Mendoza, ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin and Confucius Inst coordinator Diana Dee and Shang Plaza Mktg Shiela Santos. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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