AT LEAST 5,000 Bacoleños flocked to the Bacolod City Government Center to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Landmark Lighting Ceremonies Tuesday night.
The celebration, which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Asean, was highlighted by a 1,000-voice choir of students from 10 public schools who sang the Asean theme and hymn.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia took pride in the city's presentation for the Asean 50 grand celebration.
"I don't think there's anywhere else in the Philippines that has a 1,000-voice choir. We are happy that we have been chosen along with the 74 towns and cities in the country," Leonardia said.
"I am expecting that as young as they are, they already have awareness of the Asean," the mayor said.
He added that it's a very significant occasion because it formally marked the city's participation in the Asean community.
In March this year, Bacolod hosted the 15th Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials/Ministers Responsible for Information at the SMX Convention Center.
For last night's celebration, the Government Center was lighted up by a six-foot tall fiberglass lantern with incandescent bulbs, featuring the Asean logo and colors, anahaw leaves, and sampaguita flowers.
Also present were Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Renecito Novero, Bartolome Orola, and Em Ang with barangay officials and representatives of the Department of Education and Department of the Interior and Local Government.