Super Typhoon Mawar is not stopping the opening of the three-day Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival on Friday afternoon, May 26.
Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said the festival, which will open at 5 p.m. at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod, will go on as scheduled.
Benitez said based on the weather forecast the rain will only be about 3 millimeters on Friday. It has also been forecasted that there will be intermittent rain from 5 p.m. Friday until Saturday morning, he added.
About 613 Bacolod policemen and other uniformed service units, and emergency response teams were deployed to secure the festival sites on Thursday.
The security forces were dispatched during a ceremony held at the Bacolod City Police Office gymnasium.
The festival opening will be followed by a beer tasting and pairing of chef’s inasal versions at the North Capitol Road and Capitol Lagoon Park at 6 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday the Barangay Inasal Cook-Off will be held at the Manokan Country and SM City Bacolod at 4 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by the Chicken Inasal Awards at the SM Atrium and a live cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Jose Sarasola at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central.
The longest chicken-grilling event will be held at Megaworld’s The Upper East 6 p.m. Sunday.
There will also be a food fest and nightly entertainment at the three festival sites – North Capitol Road, The Upper East and the Manokan Country.*