The 12 th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City will kick off on January 27 with a grand parade from the Bacolod City Public Plaza to the North Capitol Road, festival chairman Jennifer Gochangco-Ong said yesterday.
Ong said the parade will start at 4 p.m. from the plaza going to the North Capitol Road where a program and cultural presentation will be held.
This year's BacoLaodiat Festival will have three venues: the North Capitol Road, Yuan Thong Temple in Burgos Extension, and the Bacolod City Government Center, she said.
Ong said the North Capitol Road will serve as the main festival site where people will find the Chop Sticks Alley, calligraphy demonstration, Chinese shows, fortune sticks and wishing tree.
There will be fireworks display every night during the 3-day celebration and the grand fireworks display will be held at the government center on January 29, she said.
A lantern making contest will also be held at The District in Talisay on January 16, she said.
They have also invited tourism officials from Taiwan to pass by Bacolod City from Iloilo where they are scheduled to witness the Dinagyang, she added.
Ong said this year's Chinese New Year will usher in the Year of the Fire Rooster. A rooster demonstrates a character that has grand ideas and is determined to pursue its goals.
A rooster is noisy and has a showy character. “It is a year that if you have a project, you have to do it in a grand way and the return will be better,” she said.
Ong recalled that the BacoLaodiat Festival is the brainchild of Mayor Evelio Leonardia. He proposed to the Tsinoy community to come up with a festival for the Chinese New Year, she said.
The city government has provided this year's BacoLaodiat Festival a budget of P4.5 million compared to last year which was only P2.5 million. So their prizes have increased, as well as the subsidy of the dancers or performers this year, she said.
Ong is inviting the public to visit the North Capitol Road and the Yuan Thong Temple to celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 27 and 28, and the Bacolod City Government Center on January 29.
Meanwhile, the Yuan Thong Temple is inviting the public to join the fun and experience the traditional Chinese culture as it brings the “Rising Dawn of Success” — the Temple's version of Chinese New Year celebration.
Do-It-Yourself kiosks, game store, and wishing well will be among the displays on January 27 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on January 28. There will also be cultural performances and ringing of bells at midnight of the New Year's Eve on January 27 as a tradition to welcome the Year of the Rooster, a press release from the Temple said.
On January 29, the Temple will be open for vegetarian lunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it said.
Those who have inquiries may contact Rutha Rojo of Yuan Thong Temple at (034) 432-2733 or visit the Temple at Burgos Street (going to Lopue's East), Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, the press release added.*CGS
BacoLaodiat Festival chairman Jennifer Ong*
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