The Jojaju was overall champion in the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival Lantern Street Dance Competition in Bacolod City.
The Granadianz was first runner-up while the Rustylians was second runner-up.
Bacolod Councilor Em Ang said the BacoLaodiat Festival has the potential to draw many Chinese tourists to Bacolod City.
“It’s not impossible to achieve the goal of having many Chinese tourists come over for the BacoLaodiat Festival, which was the brainchild of Mayor Evelio Leonardia,” she said.
Ang, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, said she considers the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City successful.
“The original intention of the festival was to educate us on the Chinese culture and traditions. It is just like the MassKara Festival which was not intended for tourism purposes but to provide livelihood project through mask-making and this evolved into something very big,” she said.
Since the trend globally today is to promote tourism because of its multiplier effect, this creates economic activity and provides livelihood so it is really good for the economy, Ang said.
Now, the mayor always emphasizes that the BacoLaodiat should be made a major tourist attraction, or another event in Bacolod that can attract local and foreign tourists, she said.
“The original intention is to make us more aware and acquainted with Chinese customs and traditions because of the growing Chinese community in the city,” she added.
Meanwhile, Ang said the reaction of the people to the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, that performed in Bacolod for the first time, was positive.
She also noted that the innovation made by the organizers of transferring the Imperial Village behind the Bacolod City Government Center was a very good idea. It did not cause traffic at all because traditionally, the BacoLaodiat Festival was being held at the Tourism Strip at Lacson Street, she said.
Ang said the crowd that came during the weekend was quite big especially because there were many activities held at the BCGC grounds.
“So the BacoLaodiat Board decided to transfer the events to the BCGC grounds, which was a good idea, because we did not experience traffic which we would have, if the events were held at Lacson Street,” she said.*
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