Leonar­dia: Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val makes us prouder of our city

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY MERLINDA A. PE­DROSA

FOR Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val is a morale booster.

“It en­hances our morale. It is a morale booster for all of us and it makes us prouder of our city and makes us in­volved,” the mayor said dur­ing the open­ing rites of the fes­ti­val at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter (BGC) grounds Fri­day night.

The five-day fes­ti­val kicked off with a free open con­cert of the Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra which was at­tended by thousands of Ba­coleños.

“Prob­a­bly, this is grand­est open­ing ever, just

the mere pres­ence of Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra is some­thing that makes this a cut above the rest,” Leonar­dia said.

He said the Phil­har­monic Orches­tra is a dream orches­tra and a world class.

“It’s flat­ter­ing that we are hav­ing them here. What I 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, our in­fra­struc­ture, re­siliency, gov­ern­ment ef­fi­ciency, and eco­nomic dy­namism, but this is about our soul, feeding the soul of the Ba­colod­non and arts cul­ture and mu­sic,” he added.

The Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, which re­cently cel­e­brated its 45th an­niver­sary, makes Ba­colod as one of their con­cert venues for their 36th sea­son un­der Mae­stro Yoshikazu Fuku­mura and as­so­ciate con­duc­tor Her­minig­ildo Ran­era.

“What is most sym­bolic for us is hav­ing the Phil­har­monic Orches­tra here to re­mind our people that if you look the orches­tra, this a group of dif­fer­ent musicians, dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments with dif­fer­ent sounds and tem­pos and yet be­cause they are united they have only one pur­pose, they played beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether,” Leonar­dia said.

He added: “this is what we would like to see in Ba­colod, while we are all dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­ual, dif­fer­ent agenda, in­ter­est, and dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics if we can only join our hands to­gether, if we can be like the Phil­har­monic and we have that har­mony and peace in Ba­colod, this city will move and ac­cel­er­ate to its high­est heights.”

Ba­co­lao­diat was coined from the name of the City of Ba­colod and the Fook­ien word “lao­diat,” which means happy cel­e­bra­tion.

The mayor noted that it’s the first time that the Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val was held at BGC and this is the most joy­ful.

“This year of the pig, we al­ways try ev­ery year to make Ba­colod bet­ter than what it was. Our motto is still do­ing bet­ter than our best and we look for­ward even a faster grow­ing city, and we hope that our growth and de­vel­op­ment will ac­cel­er­ate in un­prece­dented man­ner as we see in our fig­ures and our records we be­lieve that we have to sus­tain as long as we are just able to sus­tain this growth, this city will reach the high­est heights ever,” Leonar­dia said.

Among the high­lights of the fes­ti­val is the Ba­co­lao­diat Lan­tern Dance Com­pe­ti­tion, which will be par­tic­i­pated by Car­los Hi­lado Memorial State Col­lege-al­i­jis, Balow Dance Group, Grana­di­anz, Dou­ble J Full Force, Choi Force, and Rustylian, as well as last year’s cham­pion, BMD, and first run­ner-up, Jo­jaju.

They will also hold a Lighted Gi­ant Pig Lan­tern Con­test for stu­dents.

Mean­while, Leonar­dia said he did not re­ceive a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Filipino-chinese com­mu­nity that they in­vited Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as one of the guests in the fes­ti­val.*


THE cer­e­mo­nial light­ing of the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter façade, with the stage for the Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, at the open­ing of the 14th Ba­coloa­diat Fes­ti­val Fri­day.


BA­COLOD City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia and Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines pres­i­dent Arse­nio Lizaso ap­plaud the per­for­mance of the Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra dur­ing their con­cert at the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter grounds Fri­day.

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