MANILA, Philippines - Rappler John Javellana has covered Chinese New Year celebrations in Manila for several years as a photographer.
In celebration of Chinese New Year 2013, he shares photos that show different facets of the Lunar New Year celebration in Manila through the years (most of these were taken in the Chinatown District of Ongpin).
A CHARMED LIFE. Various charms for sale in preparation for the 2013 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Water Snake, in a stall in Chinatown
PLAY TIME. A child plays with a 'Shaitao,' the mask used for Dragon Dances
CHARMS EVERYWHERE. More Year of the Water Snake charms for sale
ONLY GOOD KARMA. A woman offers incense inside a Chinese temple
HELP FROM THE GODS. A man offers incense to the gods
LUCK IN RETURN FOR BLESSINGS. A Dragon Lion performer reaches for an 'ampao' inside the Philippine Stock Exchange in Makati City. Photo dated February 7, 2008
'FEED' THE DRAGON. Another Dragon Lion performer reaches for an 'ampao' donation, this time in a restaurant in Chinatown
DANCING FOR 'AMPAO.' A Dragon Lion dances and goes around inside a Chinatown restaurant
FROM RESTAURANT TO A CHARM SHOP. The Dragon Lion finds its way to a charms stall
NO TO SNAKESKIN. Protesters from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in snake-themed body paint urge the boycott commercially-used snakeskin
DRAGON LION 'AGREES.' The Dragon Lion seemingly reading the sign boards of the PETA protesters
OH, THE MARINE LIFE. Even the sea world at Manila Ocean Park has been visited by Dragon Lions. Photo dated January 1, 2009
'BACKSTAGE.' A Dragon Lion is prepared for a performance in Chinatown. Photo dated February 7, 2008
CHARM-ING! Chinese New Year would not be complete without charms. Another stall in Chinatown selling charms for the Year of the Water Snake.
BLOWN-UP SNAKES. For the kids, flower-bearing snake balloons
(If you and your family are celebrating Chinese New Year, share your photos with us! Tweet them and tag @rapplerdotcom. Use #CNY2013.)