Singer, composer and businessman Jose Mari Chan yesterday urged Negrenses to support the sugar industry.
“The country is progressing and we should not be left behind. So we should support our agriculture, especially the sugar industry,” Chan said during an interview at the opening of the 13th Bacolaodiat Festival in Bacolod City yesterday in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Chan joined2018 Bacolaodiat Festival chairman JenniferGochangco-Ong, past festival chairmenand Councilors Bart Orola, EmAng, and Cindy Rojas, during the grand parade from the Bacolod Public Plaza to the South Capitol Road.
A cultural show was held after the opening of the Chopsticks Alley and the Bacolaodiat Imperial Village led byBacolod Mayor EvelioLeonardia.
Chan said he had attended the Chinese New Year celebration in Iloilo City but this is his first time to attend the Bacolaodiat Festival in Bacolod.
“I'm glad I'm here to watch it because they have chosen me as an adopted son and as honorary mayor of Bacolod,” he said.
A special session will be held at theSangguniangPanlungsod session hall at the Bacolod Government Center today for the conferment of Chan as an Adopted Son of Bacolod. He will also be conferred the title of Honorary Mayor of Bacolod at the City Mayor's Office.
Meanwhile, a resolution expressing support to the Bacolaodiat Festival organizers in banning the sponsorship and sale of Coca-Cola products during the entire period of the Bacolaodiat Festival due to their continued use of HFCS, was approved by the Bacolod SangguniangPanlungsod Wednesday.
The resolution authored by Bacolod Councilor Cindy Rojas said that during the celebration of the MassKara Festival last October 2017, the City Government of Bacolod banned Coca-Cola products in all promotional and advertising materials during the festival, nor allowed them to post or install any of their advertising paraphernalia in all festival sites.
It said the Bacolaodiat organizers is banning the advertising and sale of Coca-Cola products for the duration of the Bacolaodiat Festival from Feb. 15 to 18.
Banning Coca-Cola products during the Bacolaodiat Festival is an indication of the continued protest in the company's use of HFCS in its beverages instead of locally produced sugar, the resolution added.
Bacolaodiat Festival chairman JenniferGochangco-Ong said they have banned products containing high fructose corn syrup for the duration of the 13th Bacolaodiat Festival in Bacolod City from February 15 to 18.
She said there will be no Coca-Cola and Pepsi products sold during the festival and they will only be accommodating San Mig Cola which uses 100 percent Philippine sugar.*CGS
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