All set for Ba­colod's 1st Rum Fes­ti­val

Sun Star Bacolod - - ‘Yuhom! - BY CARLA N. CAÑET For in­quiries on how you can join the Tan­d­uay Rum Fes­ti­val ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tests, send an email to [email protected] You can also visit the Tan­d­uay Rum Fes­ti­val Face­book page for up­dates

J ust as winer­ies flour­ished in the Napa Val­ley, so did su­gar­cane plan­ta­tions in Ne­gros. And just as wine­mak­ing be­came a prom­i­nent in­dus­try in that re­gion of Cal­i­for­nia, so did rum-mak­ing in the city of Ba­colod. Tan­d­uay, which has been hailed as the world’s num­ber one rum for the se­cond straight year, cel­e­brates the source of its world-class prod­uct the sug­ar­canes of the is­land.

“We are proud to have our city as­so­ci­ated with the su­gar­cane as this hum­ble plant has pro­duced many of the coun­try’s world-class prod­ucts. Ne­gros is al­ready known for be­ing one of the sugar cen­ters of the Philip­pines. Now, we also want to pro­mote the city as the place where our proudly Philip­pine-made rum prod­ucts are made,” said for­mer Ba­colod City Coun­cilor Em Ang, who spear­headed the hold­ing of the Rum Fes­ti­val dur­ing her last term in of­fice.

Spon­sored by Tan­d­uay, the Rum Fes­ti­val will run from Au­gust 17 to 24. Dur­ing the event, the or­ga­niz­ers aim to high­light the im­por­tance of the su­gar­cane in its his­tory as well as give a toast to the tal­ent and skill of Filipinos.

“The Tan­d­uay Rum Fes­ti­val is go­ing to be a big cel­e­bra­tion. We want peo­ple to join us as we raise a glass to rum-mak­ing and the Filipino tal­ent and crafts­man­ship not just in Ba­colod, but in the en­tire coun­try,” said Tan­d­uay Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer Paul Lim.

Prior to the week of the Rum Fes­ti­val, Tan­d­uay will hold a Bar­rel Art Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Robin­sons Place, Ba­colod. The bar­rels will be on dis­play dur­ing an ex­hibit at Robin­sons. Dur­ing week-long event, an open kitchen and mixol­ogy contest will take place on Aug. 17 (Satur­day) at the New Govern­ment Cen­ter (NGC) Grounds. It will also be the start of a week­long food baz­zar at the NGC. On Aug. 23, rap­per Mike Swift will be bring­ing his team of artists to col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal artists of Ba­colod in paint­ing a bas­ket­ball court. On Aug. 24, the last day of the event, sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties will en­sue. They in­clude a street dance pa­rade and contest, a 5k Rum Run, and a con­cert fea­tur­ing artists from Ba­colod and Raymond Marasi­gan’s Sand­wich band.

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