Headstart to 2017: What you need to know

HAPPY New Year and welcome 2017! How’s your year going so far?
Now that we’re on another cycle around the sun, here are some of the highlights of the things that you need to know about this New Year for a headstart of what’s to come.
*All succeeding photos are not mine. CTTO.

2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster

The Rooster Year will officially begin on Chinese New Year which will be on January 28, 2017. Cheers to the Rooster babies! (me lol)

Chicken is the 10th among the 12 zodiac animal signs.

Chinese Horoscope calendar says that 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year.

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year
2017’s color of the year has been announced by Pantone early in December and it is Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343). The color has been described as “symbolic of new beginnings.” A perfect description for the New Year which is the season of new beginnings.
Last year’s color of the year was the blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity which was the first time for Pantone to choose two colors for one year. For 2017, let’s expect a lot of greens!

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
During the United Nations 70th General Assembly, 2017 has been tagged as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193).
It aims to raise awareness on the effect of sustainable tourism in development towards positive change.  
UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development targets five key areas namely:
-Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
-Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
-Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
-Cultural values, diversity and heritage
-Mutual understanding, peace and security.
Few dates to mark:

January 31, 2016 – Has been reported to be the date for the Miss Universe 2016 Coronation in Manila. After 22 years, the Philippines will be hosting the pageant again, this serves as an additional milestone for the country with Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015.
The country, according to reports, last hosted Miss Universe in 1994 with Sushmita Sen of India crowned as winner. First hosting of the pageant was back in 1974.
Binibining Pilipinas Universe Maxine Medina will be the country’s representative in the pageant.

April 4, 2017 – Coldplay concert in Manila! One of the most awaited and most talked about concert for the year. The band is currently on a world tour, other countries include Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. 
This event is both exciting and heartbreaking for Coldplay fans since tickets were sold out immediately after they went on sale.

Hope this helped in giving you a glimpse of what’s to come this year. Cheers!

As published in SunStar Davao on January 4, 2017

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