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Bacolod on red alert for BacoLaodiat


Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Bacolod City is on red alert for the BacoLaodiat Festival celebration starting today until Tuesday just like in all other festivals in the past.

He appealed for the cooperation of the public by reporting to the authorities anything suspicious, he said in reaction to the Jolo blast.

“It is SOP (standard operation procedure) that we are always on red alert during festivals like the MassKara Festival and other big festivals we had,” he added.

Leonardia said the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will perform at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds at the opening of the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival today.

He is inviting the public to watch it perform since this is their first time to do so in Bacolod, he said.

Meanwhile, Leonardia said it is not every year that BacoLaodiat has an honorary mayor, when asked if there will be one this year. But he expressed his deepest condolences to the Sy family for the demise of Henry Sy, the founder and patriarch of the SM Group of Companies, which he described as the undisputed richest man in the Philippines.

Leonardia recalled that Henry Sy was an honorary mayor and adopted son of Bacolod during one of the BacoLaodiat Festival celebrations in the past.

Sy has changed the lifestyle of the Filipino people, he said.

Leonardia also said that he has no confirmation that the President is coming to this year’s BacoLaodiat Festival since he was in the U.S.A. when he read about the invitation in social media.

The five-day BacoLaodiat Festival celebration that opens today will kickstart with a motorcade participated in by Tsinoys, city officials, and students of Chinese schools at 4 p.m. that will end at the Bacolod Government Center.

This will be followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Bacolod Government Center, to officially open the festival.

The annual cultural show will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m., followed by a performance of the Manila-based Hokkien-style Chinese opera, Kao Ka, at 8 p.m. and the Lantern Dance Competition.

The BacoLaodiat Street Dance competition will start at 3 p.m., while the Parade of Mascots is at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lantern Dance Competition will start at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Goldenfields Commercial Complex.

On Monday, the Yuan Thong Temple, another festival site, will open at 6 p.m. with cultural shows, light opening prayer at 10:30 p.m. and the Hitting of the Bell at midnight.

The festival will be capped by fireworks display at the government center and a repeat performances of the top 3 winners of the Lantern Dance Competition at SM City Bacolod.*


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