Old Bacolod City Hall ‘home of ukay-ukay’-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
THE old City Hall located at downtown Bacolod City has turned into a new home of the “ukay-ukay” merchandise as allowed by the city within the duration of the 34th MassKara Festival celebration from Oct. 1 to 20.
Bacolod City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said he has seen how the landmark is presently utilized, which apparently ran in contrast with the preservation of the integrity and historical value of the previous seat of power, and still considered as among the valued landmarks of Bacolod City.
Gasataya said he will inform his colleagues at the City Council on how they will deal with it, because the said landmark should be preserved and utilized appropriately.
On the welcome marker at public plaza
Gasataya said he does not want to judge the motive and purpose of covering the newly built welcome structure with a replica of the Bacolod Government Center at the public plaza, facing Araneta Street.
He said since the structure was built using public funds, then it should be utilized based on its real purpose.
Such structure was built for tourism purposes, as well as a symbol of the progress and development of Bacolod 75 years ago.
Representative Evelio Leonardia (lone district, Bacolod) said it can be a best area for judging events such as MassKara Streetdance competition.
The ground floor is supposedly an area for souvenir shops. But all these are nothing in the eyes of the new administration as city administrator Rolando Villamor said that it has no purpose except to hang tarpaulins.
This action has generated mixed reactions especially from the netizens that the tarpaulin bearing the schedule of activities of the MassKara Festival should be removed, and to use the structure for its purpose.
Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. chairman and festival director Rhoderick Samonte was reached for comment but to no avail.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 03, 2013.