Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday issued Executive Order No. 06 conferring upon Jose Mari Chan, adopted son of Bacolod, the distinction of being the honorary of the City of Bacolod during the 2018 celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Chan was named an adopted son of the City of Bacolod by virtue of Resolution No. 81, series of 2018, passed and unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on January 24.
Leonardia recalled that the first adopted son of Bacolod was Filipino-Chinese business tycoon Lucio Tan (2007), followed by businessman John Gokongwei (2013), businessman-philanthropist Henry Sy (2015) and Amb. Eduardo Cojuangco (2017).
He said that, by tradition, the Chinese community come together for dinner to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year it will be held on Feb. 16, the second day of the festival, where Chan will be honored.
The Executive Order signed by Leonardia on Jan. 29, said the City of Bacolod joins the entire nation in celebrating the Chinese New Year and welcoming the year of the Dog, on Feb. 15 to 18.
It said Chan is a Bacolod resident who has sustained and kept alive the sugar industry in the Province of Negros Occidental amid the hardships and challenges when the industry was in peril.
He is also a nationally known recording artist, singer and songwriter, who is unprecedented in local recording history, being the biggest selling recording artist in the history of Philippine pop music, with more than 43 platinum sales, it added.
This year's Bacolaodiat Festival is chaired by Jennifer Gochangco-Ong.*CGS
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