Bacolaodiat Festival: Negrenses’ Chinese New Year Grand Celebration
Belle Piccio | Feb 15, 2018
The 2018 Bacolaodiat celebration will begin on February 15, eve of the Chinese New Year’s Day (February 16) and end on February 18.
2018 is the Year of the Dog. It is the eleventh Chinese zodiac which is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. It is said that people born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature: honest, faithful, friendly, smart, straightforward, loyal and have a strong sense of responsibility.
The Chinese New Year is also known as the “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival.”It is celebrated with dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, family feasts, gift-giving and is observed with religious rituals.
In Bacolod, the Filipino-Chinese communities in the city celebrate it with a series of different activities like fireworks, lit floats and cultural presentations. If you like to eat and get a taste of Chinese street food and meals, a strip of food stalls are found in the Chopsticks Alley.
A strip of Lacson Street near the Capitol Lagoon is illuminated with red giant lanterns. Visit the South Capitol Road, Lacson Tourism Strip and the Bacolod Government Center to join the Bacolaodiat festivities.
Here's what happened during the Bacolaodiat 2018 celebration:
A stage area for cultural shows and other activities
Fireworks display at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon
From the City of Smiles, we greet you “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!”
(Bacolaodiat Festival 2018 photos courtesy of George Gitano unless otherwise stated.)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle, or a cab and ask to be taken to your hotel or destination in Bacolod City.
You can also go to Bacolod via ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off to your destination anywhere in Bacolod City.
Jeepneys (minimum of Php7.00, ask for a discount if you're a senior citizen or a student) are the most common and cheapest means of transportation in the city. They have designated routes to follow, so if you're in a rush it's better to get a cab (flagdown in the city area is Php40 and additional Php3.50 for every succeeding 300 meters).