NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The Bacolod City Government is streamlining activities to highlight the Bacolaodiat Festival, the city's local celebration of Chinese New Year.
To kick off the event, the Philharmonic Philippines Orchestra will perform in a free open-air concert at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) grounds on February 1.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who initiated the proposal to bring the Philharmonic Orchestra to Bacolod shared, "Bacolod has to grow in all aspects, including culture."
"It will boost our efforts to revive our people's interest in the performing arts," Leonardia added.
Meanwhile, interested students are encouraged to join the Lighted Giant Pig Lantern Contest.
The contest is open to all group of high school, college students, and those taking Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-accredited vocational courses in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
All entries must bear a minimum length of six feet, minimum height of six feet and a base proportioned to desired specifications. However, the base must be at least two feet in height.
Lanterns should be well-lighted, weather-proof, and can stand extreme weather conditions.
Deadline of registration and required attachments is set on January 19, 2019, 6 P.M. at the Bacolaodiat office.
To note, the city government has allotted P5 million for the celebration which draws Filipino-Chinese community in the metro.
Now on its 14th year, the Bacolaodiat Festival will be held on February 1 to 4 at the BCGC grounds.
(LTP/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)