Bacolaodiat pre-festival events kick off Sunday

Bacolaodiat Inc. has announced the holding of a series of pre-festival events to kick off the Bacolaodiat Festival’s ushering in of the Year of the Wood Dragon on February 9-11.

The festival, symbolizing the convergence of Bacolod’s Tsinoy community with local Filipino culture, will kick off with its grand launch at the SM City Bacolod North Atrium at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 4, a press release from Bacolaodiat Inc. said Wednesday.

The Bacolaodiat 2024 Table Tennis Tournament will also be he held at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central from February 6-7.

A new inclusion in this year’s Bacolaodiat Festival lineup is the introduction of the Dragon Lantern Making Contest.

Designed to spotlight Negrosanons’ creativity, participants are challenged to depict the formidable zodiac animal through lantern artistry, the press release said.

The competition’s opening and judging will be at Megaworld’s The Upper East on February 8.

“Our goal is to engage as many people as possible with the pre-activities we’ve lined up. We hope to encourage them to patronize the festival and generate interest leading up to the highlights,” festival chairman John Stephen Sy said.

The Bacolaodiat Inc. is also gearing up its preparations for its grand comeback to Lacson Street, bringing the usual attractions such as the Chopsticks Alley, Imperial Village, the Lunar Music Festival, and the Lantern Dance competition even closer to Bacolodnons, the press release said.*

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