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Asa Penari Naga Filipina di Tengah Pandemi

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Rabu, 10 Feb 2021 20:47 WIB

Manila - Pertunjukan tarian naga telah dilarang di Pecinan Manila karena pandemi. Para penari pun berubah haluan berbisnis miniatur untuk Tahun Baru Imlek.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Pertunjukan tarian naga telah dilarang di Pecinan Manila karena pandemi. Padahal tradisi Tahun Baru Imlek tersebut diyakini membantu mengusir kemalangan.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Larangan pemerintah Filipina pada pertemuan publik besar-besaran dan pesta jalanan untuk melawan virus Corona menjadi pukulan besar bagi ratusan penari naga beserta kru produksi.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Tidak adanya tarian naga adalah tanda yang jelas bagi banyak penduduk Manila bahwa krisis pandemi yang menutup sebagian besar ekonomi Manila telah meluas hingga tahun ini.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Begitu pula yang terjadi pada salah satu pengelola grup tarian naga di Chinatown, Therry Sicat. Dia dan rekan-rekannya harus berjuang menjaga tradisi dan mata pencaharian mereka tetap hidup.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Setelah tarian naga dilarang oleh walikota Manila, Sicat dan keluarganya menggunakan styrofoam, cat, dan bahan pembuatan kostum naga lainnya untuk membuat miniatur hiasan kepala singa bergaya Cina.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Barang-barang yang dibuat Sicat diharapkan dapat membawa harapan dan kegembiraan saat Tahun Baru Imlek.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Sicat menjual miniatur Imlek buatannya mulai harga 1.500 Peso atau setara Rp436 ribu.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Sicat mengatakan keuntungan yang didapat dari bisnis miniatur ini hanyalah sebagian kecil dari pendapatan yang dihasilkan dari pertunjukan tarian naga.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Anggota lain dari rombongan tarian naga bahkan beralih profesi dengan mendirikan bisnis makanan online atau bekerja sebagai pengantar makanan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan.

Robert Sicat paints a dragon head as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Selama musim Tahun Baru Imlek di tahun-tahun sebelumnya, sebuah perusahaan bisnis di Chinatown akan membayar 35.000 peso ($ 720) untuk sesi tarian naga dan barongsai yang diiringi oleh para penabuh genderang dan pembuat kue untuk keberuntungan.

Miniature lion heads are prepared for delivery as members of a Dragon and Lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum in Manila's Chinatown, Binondo, Philippines on Feb. 8, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Kendati Filipina menjadi salah satu negara yang paling parah dilanda pandemi di Asia Tenggara, Sicat masih penuh optimis bahwa nantinya tarian naga yang membangkitkan harapan dan genderang akan terdengar lagi.


Asa Penari Naga Filipina di Tengah Pandemi
Asa Penari Naga Filipina di Tengah Pandemi
Asa Penari Naga Filipina di Tengah Pandemi
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Asa Penari Naga Filipina di Tengah Pandemi
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