THE upcoming 12th edition of the Lights of Bago is positioned to spark awareness on human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/Aids), a pressing concern hounding the country today.
Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo Friday, December 27, said the local government has thought of using the popularity of the annual event for a certain cause.
Yulo said Negros Occidental is reported to have one of the most number of HIV/Aids cases in the country. The city ranks second in the province.
“There seems to be an alarming trend of the disease affecting especially the youth so an increased awareness is needed,” he said, expressing optimism that the musical fireworks show will surely convey the message to the audience.
Themed “A Rapsody of Colors and Diversity,” the 12th Lights of Bago to be held at Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Sports Complex in the city on January 1, 2019 will feature nine greatest hits of Queen.
Queen is a rock band led by British singer, songwriter, record producer and vocalist Freddie Mercury who died due to complications from Aids.
Yulo said revelers could expect a grander fireworks show which will last for 26 minutes.
At least 30,000 people from Bago City and other localities in the province as well as foreign tourists are expected to witness the event.
Yulo said aside from the entertainment value it gives to the people, the Lights of Bago also symbolizes hope for a brighter light awaiting every Bagonhon.
“The event has been positively impacting the tourism and economy of the city,” he said, adding that it has put Bago City on the map.
After the fireworks display, the activity continues at the Bantayan Park where a live band will entertain revelers.
This year, on its 11th edition, the 20-minute fireworks display featured some of the greatest hits in the 80s.
Themed “Beyond a Decade of Symphony and Music,” it has wowed about 35,000 spectators.
It can be recalled that European Raymond Stoffel, a retired international corporate lawyer from Luxembourg, whose wife has roots in Barangay Poblacion, Bago City, started the staging of the annual event every January 1.
Stoffel had to go back to Europe which paved way for the city government to assume the hosting of the musical fireworks display since its second year.
“It is really the intention of Stoffel to make Bago known to everyone and come up with a unique annual event where people can converge as they welcome the year with brighter hopes,” Yulo earlier said, adding that “we are achieving such goal.”