Bacolaodiat Festival to resume Jan. 20
This city is gearing up for the return of its largest and most colorful Lunar New Year celebration, the Bacolaodiat Festival, on Jan. 20 to 22 after a two-year respite following the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.
Bacolaodiat Inc. board member Mimi Chua said on Tuesday this year's festival will be held at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) grounds and the adjacent The Upper East township of Megaworld Corp. in the eastern part of the city.
The last face-to-face festival here was held in February 2020 also at the BCGC grounds, and the Lacson Strip, just weeks before the pandemic lockdown, but already with fewer revelers compared to celebrations in the prior years.
"Among the Filipino-Chinese families, we celebrate the first new moon of the year. The celebration is based on the Chinese calendar and this year, it's going to be on Jan. 20," Chua said.
The popular Chopsticks Alley, a food walk and night market that typically features Chinese culinary delights and Filipino street food favorites, will be set up at The Upper East during the three-day festival.
Showcasing the harmonious merging and co-existence of both Chinese and Filipino cultures, Bacolaodiat presents cultural performances, lantern dance parade, dragon and lion dances, Chinese food fests, fireworks display, zodiac sign parade, and live bands.
"We are delighted with our partnership with Megaworld and the city government," said Bacolaodiat Inc. chair John Stephen Sy in a statement.
Another partner, SM City Bacolod, will host the awarding rites and the repeat performance of lantern street dance competition winners on Jan. 22.
Now on its 18th year, Bacolaodiat derived its name from two words -- “Baco” for Bacolod and “Lao Diat,” a Fookien word for celebration.
Based on the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, a tame creature that represents hope and life.
The International Property Show, in partnership with Dubai Land Department, announced the launching of its nineteenth edition, which will take place from February 12 to 14 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The exhibition aims to provide an ideal platf...
Inflation is expected to remain elevated this month despite the projected deceleration from the 14-month high in December due to the higher prices of utilities and commodities, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a report by GMA News. ...
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has commended the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) for its unwavering support as a key partner in providing logistical assistance and delivery of relief items to local government uni...
School-aged students lost more than a third of a year's worth of learning early on in the pandemic and have still not caught up, posing "a real problem for this generation," researchers said in a report by Agence France-Presse The COVI...