Thursday, February 07, 2013

Come To The 8th Bacolaodiat Festival - Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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!




17 comments:

  1. Too bad the day of the festival has already lapsed maybe I'll visit and join in on the festivities next time.

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  2. This is such a lavish celebration. Complete with symphony of lights. People here would really enjoy the festivities.

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  3. I am sure the event was a success, congratulations!

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  4. Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Don't forget to eat your "tikoy"! ;)

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  5. If I were there, I would attend the event. it looks interesting. enjoy the celebration!

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  6. This may already have passed. But I'm certain that the event went well. Chinese celebrations are usually grand and exciting.

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  7. wow indeed busy week for the CNY! glad u stated the activities! I am sure u helped many people to enjoy their week! xx

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  8. Congrats to the Bacolaodiat team for this event, also wishing for its success.

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  9. Another way to celebrate the first day of the New Lunar Year and I think this will be so much fun. I will surely enjoy the cultural presentations. :)

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  10. First time to hear Bacolaodiat Festival. Thanks for the info.

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  11. I never had any Chinese blood in me but I love all the dragon dancing during Chinese new year though! :)

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  12. now this seems like going to be grander each year.
    I guess, thise celebration makes Bacolod more colorful in February..
    I wish Iloilo had such back then, I remember having a date in the Marina, watching over fireworks for the Chinese New Year!
    Chinese just makes the grandest and brightest fireworks ever.

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  13. The event and celebration sounds new and unique to me. For sure it's a fun filled event!

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  14. Great event! too bad tapos na ng mabasa ko ang post na ito.

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  15. I guess you've really enjoyed the event. Looking forward to your pictures. ^_^

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  16. what a fun filled schedule you had been through... i'm sure you had fun... i hope i could visit bacolod someday and join the 9th festival. kung hei fat choi. Yahweh bless.

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  17. this is an interesting festival. hope i can go back to Bacolod! :)

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