THE 12th BacoLaodiat Festival set January 27 to 29 to welcome the Year of the Rooster will be held in three sites this year: North Capitol Road, Bacolod Government Center, and Yuantong Temple at Burgos Street.
BacoLaodiat chairperson Jennifer Gochangco-Ong said in a press briefing on Tuesday that although the opening of the festival will be on January 27 yet, other activities like the lantern-making contest and photo exhibit will already start on January 16 at the Bacolod Government Center.
BacoLaodiat, coined from the words “Bacolod” and “Lao Diat,” a Fukien word for celebration, is jointly held by the Bacolod City Government and the Chinese community in Bacolod every year.
This year’s festivity will showcase the Chinese cultural dances and food alleys at the North Capitol Road with colorful giant lanterns and lighted floats.
The City Council had earlier approved a P4.5-million budget for the BacoLaodiat Festival.
Ong said they will increase the budget for the lantern dance competition, and for the fireworks display.