Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson launched the Negros Occidental Culture Hub Circuit Tour and inaugurated five new facilities to boost tourism around the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on Saturday, May 29.
Inaugurated were the Provincial Tourism Office, Mambukal Resort Office and CafeTolyo at the Capitol Park, the Association of Negros Producers Showroom at the South Capitol Road, and the Negros Occidental Food Terminal Market at the North Capitol Road that are all part of the tour.
Lacson said the Negros Occidental Culture Hub is a pioneering first for Negros Occidental.
The Culture Hub tour that centers on the splendor of the Capitol and Capitol Lagoon Park, considered to be among the notable works influenced by urban planner Daniel Burnham, is a complete and excellent experience in itself, Lacson said.
The tour is also an innovative way to give guests a glimpse of what the province has to offer, he said.
“A cultural such as ours needs to be discovered by the world and rediscovered by our own,” he said.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said the Culture Hub walking tour includes stops at the Provincial Capitol and Park, Provincial Tourism Office, Mambukal Resort Office, CafeTolyo, the ANP Showroom, Talarak Foundation Forest Park, the Negros Museum, Ayala Fiesta Market and the Food Terminal Market.
TRADE FAIR OPENS
Lacson at the inauguration of the ANP Showroom Saturday also opened the 35th Negros Trade Fair.
“Even in the midst of a pandemic, let us show the world that Negros is more than just sugar, that Negros is a place where you can succeed if you try, where a healthy economy can advance by what we make and innovate,” Lacson said.
The trade fair enables one to shop at www.shopnegrostradefair.com.
The Culture Hub tour also opens another avenue to introduce the ANP products, Lacson said.
At the Talarak Foundation Forest Park stop the governor fed the Visayan warty pigs.
“The Forest Park is a great and distinctive inclusion to our Culture Hub . Seldom do we see a rainforest and an endemic wildlife preservation in the heart of the city and within the vicinity of the seat of government,” Lacson said.
At the Negros Museum stop, the governor cited the Negros Cultural Foundation for promoting and preserving the rich history, culture and tradition of the province.
He said in this time of crisis, the rich history of the province showcased at the museum is a reminder of Negrense resilience, grit and grace.
The book “Mga Sugilanon sang Negros”, collected and translated by Dr. Ma Cecilia Locsin-Nava was also launched at the museum on Saturday.
At the Ayala Fiesta Market, the governor tasted Negrense delicacies and joined groufies at the Fiesta Negrense Mural.
FOOD TERMINAL MARKET
The governor also inaugurated the Negros Occidental Food Terminal Market where visitors can enjoy seafood from the waters surrounding Negros Island.*