Mayor Evelio Leonardia called for harmony and peace to enable Bacolod City to soar to its highest heights at the opening of the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival, which was highlighted by a Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra concert in front of the Bacolod City Government Center, last night.
This could be the grandest BacoLaodiat Festival ever in Bacolod City with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performing on the opening night, he said.
"What l love the most here is the symbolism that we are showing to our people - that our growth and development is not just about the economy, the infrastructure, our resiliency, our government efficiency, and economic dynamism – but this is about the soul of the Bacolodnons. This is about the arts, culture and music," he said.
Leonardia said what is most symbolic in having the PPO is to remind the people that looking at the orchestra, they see that it is composed of a group of different musicians, different instruments with different sounds and tempo, and yet they are united. They have one purpose and they play beautiful music together.
"So this is what we would like to see in Bacolod, where we are all different individuals with different agenda, different interests and characteristics, but if we can join our hands together and be like the PPO, we will have harmony and peace in Bacolod and this city will accelerate to its greatest heights," he said.
Leonardia said the PPO is a dream orchestra and is world class, so it is flattering to have it perform in Bacolod City.
He thanked the donors and benefactors because without them this could not have been possible since this is a very expensive endeavor, he said.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said they will always try to make Bacolod better than what it was.
"Our motto is still doing better than our best. So we look forward to a fast third growing city, and we hope that the growth and development of Bacolod will accelerate in an unprecedented manner as we have seen in our figures and in our records. And we believe that as long as we are able to sustain this growth, this city will reach its highest heights ever, " he added.*
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