MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino Thursday declared Chinese New Year an official holiday, ignoring the objections of some in the business community who say there are already too many public holidays. It means the Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival or lunar new year, will be celebrated annually from January 23, 2012. "The joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people," Aquino's order said.