Bacolaodiat Festival 2018 Press Releases

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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 2018
The Board of Directors of Bacolaodiat Inc. meet for the preparation of the upcoming Bacolaodiat Festival on February 15 to 18./BACOLAODIAT PHOTO

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.

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.

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].

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 [] or the Facebook page [Bacolaodiat Fest].

The 13th Bacolaodiat festival, set on February 15 to 18, 2018 is calling all interested dance groups with a minimum of 25 members for an audition or screening on December 9, 2017 at the Yong Tho Taoist Temple for the Bacolaodiat Festival Lantern Street Dance Competition.

Dance groups may come from private and public schools, barangays, cities and municipalities in the province or a combination.

Out of the participating dance groups, 10 will be selected as official entries to the 2018 Lantern Street Dance Competition.

Meanwhile, artists and art groups are also invited to join the Fu Dog and Chinese Lantern Installation Art Contest.

Registration is open from December 11, 2017 to January 12, 2018. Forms are available at the Bacolaodiat office from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.

First eight participants to register will be considered the official entries.

Visit the Bacolaodiat Festival website ( or our Facebook page (Bacolaodiat Fest).

Contact our Bacolaodiat Festival Secretariat at 0995-927-9186 (Globe) or 0939-720-0370 (Smart).