14th Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val ‘suc­cess­ful’

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BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Em Ang, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on tourism, said yes­ter­day the stag­ing of the 14th Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val was suc­cess­ful.

“We had a big crowd in the fes­ti­val site at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter (BGC) as well as in the two big malls in the city,” Ang said.

The five-day event was par­tic­i­pated by Filipinoch­i­nese com­mu­nity and Chi­nese schools in Ba­colod.

Ang said the Ba­co­lao­diat Com­mit­tee Board trans­ferred the Im­pe­rial Vil­lage from the Lac­son Street to BGC and it was very nice be­cause all the events were held here.

“Trans­fer­ring the Im­pe­rial Vil­lage at the back of the BGC was a very good idea. It did not cause any traf­fic at all be­cause tra­di­tion­ally, the ac­tiv­ity was held at Lac­son Tourism Strip,” she added.

In the pre­vi­ous years, the open­ing rites of Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val was held on Lac­son Street, which led to the clo­sure of some streets in the area.

“We were able to achieve our goal this year, but Ba­co­lao­diat al­ways suf­fers on the com­par­isons in Masskara Fes­ti­val. We should not com­pare it be­cause Masskara Fes­ti­val is es­tab­lished and it’s al­ready go­ing to be 40 this year while Ba­co­lao­diat is only 14 this year,” Ang said.

She said that Masskara Fes­ti­val is al­ready known all over the world so there’s sim­ply no com­par­i­son be­tween the two fes­ti­vals.

Ang also ad­mit­ted that there’s lack of in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion that the Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val site was trans­ferred to BGC.

Ang said the Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val also cre­ates eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in Ba­colod as it pro­vides liveli­hood so it’s re­ally good for the economy.

“Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia al­ways em­pha­sizes to make Ba­co­lao­diat Fes­ti­val a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion, an­other event in Ba­colod that can at­tract vis­i­tors not only from the Philip­pines but even from abroad,” she said.

Leonar­dia ear­lier said that 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 BGC grounds on Fri­day.

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

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