Kung Hei Fat Choi! I first learned this word in 1993 when I went to Hongkong with my mom and brother. I got sick the second day I was there, so all I did was watch television and trying to learn Chinese phrases. But even then, Chinese New Year was not a big thing for a non-Chinese like me (although I do have a Chinese ancestor, way up the line), so I basically forgot it's meaning until 2005 when Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia launched the first Bacolaodiat Festival, Bacolod City's very own Chinese New Year Festival--it comes from the words "Bacolod" & "Lao Diat" (Fookien word for celebration).
Bacolod Tsinoys and members of the Bacolaodiat board led by Chairman Mr. Leonito Lopue has gone all out for the 4-day celebration of the 8th Bacolaodiat Festival which begins on February 7 and ends on the day of the Chinese New year on February 10, 2013. Check out the schedule below for the many fun activities and things to do in the Tourism Strip (22nd to 4th Lacson Street) and grand festival site at the North Capitol Road.
This will be my first time to attend and cover the activities like the parade and cultural show, so it will be interesting. And after years of dormancy, my Sino self will finally get to celebrate and party for the Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi!