Bacolaodiat Festival News

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Visayan daily Star
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the Bacolaodiat Festival, like the MassKara Festival, will become one of the icons of Bacolod City.


Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and adopted son of Bacolod Jose Mari Chan (5 th and 4 th from left) cut the ribbon to open the Chopsticks Alley at South Capitol Road in Bacolod City yesterday that marked the start of the 4-day Bacolaodiat Festival, with Alfredo Barcelona, Councilor Em Ang, Bacolaodiat chairperson Jennifer Ong, Councilor Cindy Rojas, Leonito Lopue, Councilor Bartolome Orola, and William Ong (l-r).* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Leonardia said the Bacolaodiat Festival startedin 2006 in the Year of the Dog and has already reached full circle this year, based on the Chinese calendar.

“This is very significant when you think in terms of the integration of the Chinese culture with us in Bacolod. We just want to show and prove in Bacolod that the integration is complete, and that it is a celebration of Bacolod,” he said.

This is the creation that has somehow erased the division among the different Chinese groups in Bacolod City, he added.

Leonardia said he believes that this concept of having honorary mayors coming from the business sector is one of the best things that had ever happened to Bacolaodiat, because this has a long-lasting effect and could somehow influence their business decisions.

“When Filipino Chinese business magnate John Gokongwei and others were in Bacolod, l thanked them because they were the first to come in and the rest followed. And now, almost 10 years, after, some of their executives, when they meet me, would quote me on that, which simply tells us that is how some of these sweet nothings could reap harvest for us,” he said.

Hopefully, this year, they will be able to increase their speed. Because what they want is not just growth, but rapid growth in the economy of Bacolod, he added.

Leonardia said he believes that with the entry of big businesses in Bacolod and making it their playing field, it is always the consumers who will benefit when there is competition.And that is what is happening here.

“So let us take advantage of this and let us encourage growth and development among our big and smaller players because everybody is a contributor to the economy. So we will promise them a climate conducive for business, not just to grow, but to rapidly grow,” he said.

Leonardia said he hopes people will remember his administration as the one that had bounded and created, nurtured and developed the Bacolaodiat Festival.

Like the government center, he considers the festival another of his babies, he said.

Leonardiabrought the idea to the Chinese community way back in 2005 after inquiring from then Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas how they were doing their Chinese New Year celebration.

He recalled that when they got the Filipino Chinese community to be involved, the response was overwhelming.

“This festival has already become an institution and I am sure this is going to be here on a permanent basis. And just like the MassKara Festival, this will become one of our icons,” he said.

Leonardia is inviting everyone to come and celebrate the Bacolaodiat Festival.

Bacolaodiat Festival chairman Jennifer Gochangco-Ong said this year's theme is “Legacy of Loyalty and Family.”

Ong said a dog is known for being loyal and traditional. So they are trying to highlight the family and their events are targeted towards the family.

Their main event today is the DJ night, while there will be a CARE Pooch Walk where dogs will parade in their costumes at 3:30 p.m., she said.

The parade of mascots and Imperial Cloud Walkers and Imperial Guards will start at 3 p.m. at the South Capitol Road, while there will be fireworks display every night.

Ong said the Lantern Dance Competition will be the main event starting 6 p.m. Saturday.

She said a ringing of the bell at the Yuan Thong Temple in Burgos Street in Brgy. Villamonte was held last night. This is a tradition in China where the bell is being rang108 times in the temple.

They will also hold the last prayer of the year and people can pray for good luck for the following year, she added.

Meanwhile, Ong said that since the Year of the Dog is associated with loyalty, legacy and family, they believe that in business, this is not the year to be experimental.

“It is a year to continue what you have been doing which had been successful in the past, and to focus on your loyal customers, friends and existing clientele. Whatever programs you do that will focus on your existing clients will surely “click” because loyalty will resonate in the Year of the Dog,” she said.*CGS

The 13th Bacolaodiat Festival will not be using products containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) during the duration of the festival on February 15 to 18.

There will be no Coca-Cola and Pepsi products during the festival.

The festival organizers will only be accommodating San Mig Cola which uses 100% Philippine sugar.

This is in support of the sugar industry, city officials, and the campaign against HFCS.

The 13th Bacolaodiat Festival organizers are inviting owners of small-sized dogs (weighing 12 to 25 pounds) to join the Bacolaodiat Grand Parade on February 15, 4 p.m. from the Bacolod Public Plaza to South Capitol Road, to welcome the Year of the Dog.


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To usher the celebration, we urged you to dress your dogs in Chinese-inspired outfits during the Bacolaodiat Grand Parade.

The Bacolaodiat Festival organizing committee will not be responsible for the safety of your fur babies and the Bacolaodiat Inc. is also relieved of any harm or danger your pets may cause.

Registration is available at the Bacolaodiat office, 2nd floor Amity Building (steel door beside NL Steel), Hilado Street, Bacolod City.

Please contact the secretariat at 0939-720-0370.

Bacolaodiat Festival calls all interested singers from Chinese and non-Chinese schools to join the Bacolaodiat Singing Master “A Chinese Language Singing Contest” on February 18, Sunday, 2pm.

Singers from Chinese schools must be enrolled students from Grade 1 to 6 and are allowed to send two participants each.

They are to submit a copy of the minus-one, together with the lyrics in both Chinese Characters and Pinyin, to the Bacolaodiat Office on or before February 10 for compilation.

Applicants from non-Chinese schools is open to students from Grade 7 to 10 who are not currently enrolled in any Chinese schools, and who were not educated in Chinese schools for more than 2 years.

They are to sing acapella of a Chinese song of their choice which must be one with a degree of difficulty for the singers.
Screening will be on February 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bacolaodiat office, 2nd floor Amity Building (steel door beside NL Watershoppe), Hilado Street, Bacolod City.

Qualified participants are required to submit a photocopy of their school I.D. and accomplished contest registration forms provided by the Bacolaodiat Office.

For more inquiries, please contact Bacolaodiat Singing Master Coordinator Robby Tantiado at 0928-520-0678.

Yuan Thong Temple invites guests to visit the Temple at Burgos Extension and witness “A Family Legacy of Loyalty and Honor”—its version of Chinese New Year celebration on February 15 as part of the Bacolaodiat Festival 2018.

There will be a series of activities lined up as the temple opens its doors to the public at 6 p.m., followed by Chinese Cultural Show at 8:30 p.m.; Lion, Dragon, and Lantern dances at 9:30 p.m.; Light Offering Prayer at 10:30 p.m.; and the Hitting of the Bell at 12 midnight as part of the Chinese tradition in welcoming the New Year.

Attractions like wishing tree, photo booth, lighted dog family display, wishing pond, and food kiosks will also be available.

The temple will also be open on February 16 to 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for those who want to offer prayers or simply visit the temple.

For inquiries, kindly contact Rutha Rojo of Yuan Thong Temple at 0998-958-1416 or visit them at Burgos Extension (going to Lopue’s East), Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City.


BACOLAODIAT UPDATE. The Board of Directors of Bacolaodiat, Inc., organizers of the February 15 to 18 Bacolaodiat Festival, during yesterday’s meeting. The organizers update on preparations for the Chinese News Year festival, and say they support Bacolod Mayor Bing Leonardia and the Local Government of Bacolod in the protection and promotion of the sugar industry.*

The year 2018 will be the Year of the Dog and the 13th year of the BacoLaodiat Festival, Bacolod City's celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The BacoLaodiat Festival will be held February 15-18 and will highlight the Foo Dogs as a symbol of loyalty and protection, a press release said.

February 15-17 activities will be at the South Capitol Road and the Lacson Tourism Strip, while February 17-18 will have activities at the Bacolod City Government Center and at Yuan Thong Temple on February 15.

The Lunar New Year celebrates the first day of the year based on the Lunar calendar. Among the countries celebrating the Lunar New Year are: China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Burma.

BacoLaodiat comes from “Baco” for Bacolod and “Lao Diat”, Fookien word for “celebration”.

The four-day celebration kick-starts with a Dazzling Grand Parade —a parade of Tsinoys in their traditional Chinese costumes, the 12 Zodiac Floats for 2017, city officials, students of Chinese schools, and the nightly fireworks display accompanied by the official BacoLaodiat music, Symphony of Lights and Sparks.

The BacoLaodiat Imperial Village will showcase the Asian arts and crafts such as calligraphy, wishing tree, and palm reading, among others. And the Chopsticks Alley will have Chinese food stalls and traditional cooking demos.

There will also be Cultural Shows from different Chinese schools, lantern-making contest and lantern street dance competition — a combination of Chinese and modern dance which will highlight the use of lighted lanterns — corporate nights hosted by the festival sponsors, and other fun activities for kids, the press release said.

This celebration is believed to veer away bad luck, to let prosperity in, and to strengthen the Filipino-Chinese relationship in the City of Smiles, it added.*

Source: http://www.visayandailystar.com/2018/January/05/topstory12.htm

The year 2018 will be the Year of the Dog and 13th year of the Bacolaodiat Festival, Bacolod City’s celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Bacolaodiat Festival will be on February 15-18 and will highlight the Foo Dogs as a symbol of loyalty and protection. February 15-17 activities will be at the South Capitol Road and Lacson Tourism Strip while February 17-18 will have activities at the Bacolod City Government Center and at Yuan Thong Temple on February 15.

The Lunar New Year celebrates the first day of the year based on the Lunar calendar. Among the countries celebrating the Lunar New Year are: China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Burma.

Bacolaodiat comes from “Baco” for Bacolod and “Lao Diat”, Fookien word for celebration.

The four-day celebration kick-starts with a Dazzling Grand Parade—a parade of Tsinoys in their traditional Chinese costumes, the 12 Zodiac Floats for 2017, city officials, students of Chinese schools, and the nightly fireworks display accompanied by official Bacolaodiat music, Symphony of Lights and Sparks.

The Bacolaodiat Imperial Village will showcase the Asian arts and crafts such as calligraphy, wishing tree, and palm reading, among others. And the Chopsticks Alley will cater Chinese food stalls and traditional cooking demos.

There will also be Cultural Shows from different Chinese schools, lantern-making contest and lantern streetdance competition—a combination of Chinese and modern dance which will highlight the use of lighted lanterns—corporate nights hosted by the festival sponsors, and other fun activities for kids.

A series of activities and attractions will also be available at the Bacolod City Government Center and Yuan Thong Temple.

This celebration is believed to veer away bad luck, to let prosperity in, and to strengthen the Filipino-Chinese relationship in the City of Smiles.

Bacolod City will celebrate the Year of the Dog for the Bacolaodiat Festival 2018 on February 15 to 18.

To usher the celebration, we are inviting interested tenants for the Bacolaodiat Chopsticks Alley at the South Capitol Road on February 15 to 17.

The Chopsticks Alley will showcase Asian food stalls, merchandising, and service-oriented establishments.

Each tenant will be provided with 1 unit prime tent for P3,950 per tent. Also, each tenant will be provided with 1 CFL light and 1 electrical outlet for power supply.

Booth reservation will only be honoured upon payment of booths. Deadline is only until January 19, 2018.

For more information, contact Chopsticks Alley head, RJ Magbanua (0977-642-7864) or visit the Bacolaodiat Festival office at the 2nd level, Amity Fire Brigade Bldg., Hilado St., Bacolod City.


Choreographer Rudy Reveche conducted a workshop to the choreographers and group leaders of the official entries for the 13th Bacolaodiat Festival Lantern Street Dance Competition set February 15 to 18 at the Bacolaodiat office Monday [December 11].

Choreographers and group leaders of the final entries for the Bacolaodiat Festival Lantern Street Dance Competition underwent a workshop conducted by choreographer Rudy Reveche and facilitated by the parade head, Kim Villaluna, and Bacolaodiat Festival event management team Monday [December 11] at the Bacolaodiat Festival office.

There will be ten official entries, eight were chosen after a thorough screening Saturday [December 10] at the Yong Tho Taoist Temple and two are runners-up in last year’s competition which qualify them for this year’s.

The groups are Jujaju, Alijinios, CHMSC-Alijis, One Team One Goal, Double J Full Force, BMD, Night Rhythm, Brgy 19, Majestic Dreamers, and Rustillans.

The participants will dance to the official Bacolaodiat music on February 16 for the Lantern Street Dance and on February 18 for the Lantern Dance as part of the official events of the 13th Bacolaodiat Festival set on February 15 to 18, 2018 with the theme, “A Family Legacy of Loyalty and Honor”.

The Chopsticks Alley is now open for registration for interested food tenants that cater Chinese and Non-Chinese cuisines for the four-day event.

The registration for the Fu Dog and Chinese Lantern Installation Art Contest is still ongoing.
For more information, you may visit the Bacolaodiat office at 2nd floor Amity Building, Hilado Street, Bacolod City from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday or contact our Bacolaodiat Festival Secretariat at 0995-927-9186 (Globe) or 0939-720-0370 (Smart).

You may also visit the Bacolaodiat Website [www.bacolaodiat.com] or the Facebook page [Bacolaodiat Fest].