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BacoLaodiat fest Feb. 15-18

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.*



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