‘Celebrate traditional Chinese culture’

BY MAE SINGUAY

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BACOLOD City – The local government and the Filipino-Chinese community is holding the 12th Bacolaodiat Festival from Jan. 27 to 29 on North Capitol Road.

The local Chinese New Year celebration will feature “fascinating lights, noisy firecrackers, exciting cuisine, and colorful costumes,” as Bacolod greets the Year of the Rooster, festival chair Jennifer Gochangco-Ong said.

Bacolaodiat — from the words “Bacolod” and lao diat, the Chinese term for “celebration” — lets the locals experience “traditional Chinese culture,” Ong said.

Upcoming activities include, lantern dance competition, traditional Chinese and modern dances using lighted lanterns, a nightly “Symphony of Lights and Sounds,” lion and dragon dances, cultural shows by Chinese schools, “corporate nights” hosted by festival sponsors, and Chinese lanterns display.

A “celebration of prosperity and hope,” the Chinese New Year is being held to show respect to ancestors and drive away negativity, said Ong.

This year’s celebration has an alternative venue: the Yuan Thong Temple on Burgos Street, Barangay Villamonte.

In the temple are a booth where people can bathe a Buddha image, a wishing well, and a bell that will ring 108 times by midnight of Jan. 27, Ong said.

The city government has given the Bacolaodiat organizers P4.5 million in financial assistance./PN

CHINESE NEW YEAR NEARS. Chinese lanterns hang above the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City. The local government and the Filipino-Chinese community will hold the 12th Bacolaodiat Festival, a Chinese New Year celebration, from Jan. 27 to 29. ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN