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‘Let’s be like the tiger’

It’s the year of the water tiger as seen in front of the Bacolod City Government Center.*Ronnie Baldonado photo

“As we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Water Tiger, we fervently wish that like the Tiger, our 2022 will give us the strength in the calmness of our hearts to expel all evils of the world, including this (COVID-19) pandemic,“ the chairperson of the BacoLaodiat Inc., said.

Odette Ong-Gomez, in her message, said they were marking the Chinese New Year Tuesday, February 1, with a meaningful display, which includes water tigers, at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds to show that the 17th BacoLaodiat Festival is still alive.

This is the second year that the festive BacoLaodiat Festival activities have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They remain sensitive to the times, and are very much aware of the threat of the COVID-19 with its mutating variants affecting not just Bacolod City but the entire world, she said.

“As global citizens, let’s do our share in the healing process of mankind so much like the traits of the Tiger, courageous and assertive in times of adversities,” she said.

“Tigers are also natural leaders and so let’s be like the tiger in our communities and bring our flock towards health and economic survival,” she added.

Bacolod mayoral aspirant Alfredo “Albee” Benitez said he was greeting everyone a happy new year, especially the Bacolod Chinese community.

“For most of us, 2021 was full of challenges and difficulties. For business communities, it was a struggle against the shock wave of the pandemic,” he said.

“As a businessman myself, I understand the challenges, may we step towards change and together make the local economy better…may we continue to walk in the path of prosperity,” Benitez said.*

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