Nine local government units in Negros Oriental will compete in the Buglasan Festival street-dancing competition on October 20, that was declared a special non-working day in the province by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The declaration is in line with the celebration of the Buglasan Festival of Festivals, from October 13-22, with 110 events lined up for the occasion.
Earlier, Gov. Roel Degamo and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution, asking Malacañang to declare October 20 as a special non-working holiday, to allow the people of Negros Oriental to celebrate and participate in the revelry.
Degamo said the nine competing festivals include the Kinaiyahan Festival of Dauin, Hudyaka of Bais City, Langub of Mabinay, Libod Sayaw Festival of Bindoy, Mantuod of Manjuyod, Sinulog de Tanjay Festival of Tanjay City, Sandurot of Dumaguete City, Pakol of Sta. Catalina, and Yamog Festival of Pamplona town.
The provincial government has allotted P7 million for several events and subsidy for each LGU participating in the Freedom fair booth and festival competitions.
Some 18 municipalities and cities are joining the fair booth, to be launched 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Capitol forefront.
At 6 p.m., the Outstanding Oriental Negrense Award will be presented by the governor to the awardees.
To decongest the expected crowd turnout during the festival, the Buglasan main events will be spread out in three venues, namely, the Freedom Park, Sidlakang Negros Village, and Rizal Boulevard.*RG
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