Lantern-making contest for Bacolaodiat now open

Shown here are Bacolaodiat Festival dancers photographed in 2015. The annual local celebration that welcomes the Chinese New Year in Bacolod City is slated Feb. 1 to 5 this year. “Bacolaodiat” is derived from words “Baco” and “Lao Diat” – the former means Bacolod while the latter is a Fookien word for celebration. BACOLAODIAT.COM

BACOLOD City – The organizing committee of the 14th Bacolaodiat Festival is calling all interested students to join in the “Lighted Giant Pig Lantern Contest.”

The lantern-making contest is open to all high school and college students as well as those taking vocational courses accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Negros Occidental.

Participants from the same institution may opt to form a group and must secure a recommendation from their school principal or administrator.

They can also opt not to represent their school provided that they can assure the committee that they are enrolled.

To secure official entry to the contest, students should fill up a registration form available at the Bacolaodiat office.

The registration form must come with an attached copy of their lantern design, list of materials, measurement, and photocopy of their valid school IDs.

All entries must have a minimum length and height of 6 feet. The base must not also be more than 2-feet high.

The lanterns should be water-proof and can stand in “extreme weather conditions” as they will be displayed outdoors during the entire festival from Feb. 1 to 5.

The first eight applicants or groups who can submit all of the requirements on or before Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Bacolaodiat office will receive financial assistance worth P5,000 each.

Bacolaodiat is an annual local celebration to welcome the Chinese New Year in Bacolod.

It is a word play of “Baco” for Bacolod and “Lao Diat” for the Fookien word that means celebration./PN

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