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Bacolaodiat set for Year of the Dragon

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Bob Cordova and Stephen Sy, Bacolodiat Inc. vice chair and chairman, respectively, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Michelle Chua, Bacolaodiat In board member, and Councilor Jason Villarosa (l-r)*

The Bacolaodiat Festival is poised to make a grand return to the streets of Lacson and North Capitol Road from February 9 to11, hosting one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations in the Philippines, according to a press release from the organizers.

This 2024, the festival will usher in the Year of the Wood Dragon with activities not only showcasing the auspicious Chinese zodiac animal, but also emphasizing the harmonious relationship between the Tsinoy community and the Negrenses.

Bacolaodiat Incorporated, the organizing group behind the festival, is actively preparing for the Lunar New Year celebration, with P5 million support and boost from the local government of Bacolod, led by Mayor Albee Benitez.

Expressing optimism, Bacolaodiat Festival chairman John Stephen Sy anticipates a larger-scale event compared to previous years, acknowledging the robust partnership with the Bacolod LGU and the Chinese community, pivotal contributors to the organization of the cultural event over the years.

“We aspire for this year’s Bacolaodiat to surpass all previous editions fueled by the unwavering support of our partners, especially the Bacolod LGU. Their enduring commitment has played a vital role in shaping Bacolaodiat into the grand cultural event it is today,” Sy stated.

Bacolaodiat Inc. has also proposed to the Office of the City Mayor the conferment of the honorary mayor title this year to business tycoon Lucio L. Co, who will also be named the adopted son of Bacolod following the endorsement of the Sangguniang Panglungsod.

Returning the festivities to Lacson Street, festival-goers will have the opportunity to witness six contingents participating in the annual Lantern and Street Dance competition and the Lunar Music Festival.

Additionally, revelers can explore festival staples: the Imperial Village and Chopsticks Alley along the North Capitol Road.

In the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is believed to be the luckiest, and the Year of the Dragon is predicted to bring luck, wealth, and power.

The dragon year also promises to be a year full of possibilities, creativity, and opportunities.*

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