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How Does the Philippines' Sugar City Celebrate Chinese New Year?

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Feb 16, 2015
Bacolaodiat file photo: Grand Parade; photo from bacolaodiat.com

VIEW: Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Philippines' Sugar City: Bacolaodiat 2015 Schedule

The Chinese New Year is celebrated by Chinese and people with Chinese blood all throughout the world. It is observed with family feasts, religious rituals and gift-giving.

Bacolaodiat file photo: Cultural Show; photo from bacolaodiat.com

The Bacolaodiat is Bacolod's very own Chinese New Year Festival. It comes from a combination of 2 words, "Bacolod" from the name of the City and "Lao Diat" from the Fookien word for celebration.

Bacolaodiat file photo: Cultural Show; photo from bacolaodiat.com

It is celebrated with cultural shows featuring Chinese songs and dances, colorful giant lanterns, lighted floats, a Chinese food alley and fireworks.

Bacolaodiat file photo: Cultural Show; photo from bacolaodiat.com

Grand Parade Route

Grand Parade; photo from bacolaodiat.com
Bacolaodiat file photo: Grand Parade; photo from bacolaodiat.com
Bacolaodiat file photo: Fireworks; photo from bacolaodiat.com

Lantern Dance Parade Route

Bacolaodiat file photo: Lantern Dance Parade; photo from bacolaodiat.com
Lantern Dance Parade Route; photo from bacolaodiat.com

“Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” from the City of Smiles! Everyone, let’s celebrate Bacolaodiat Festival on February 19-22, 2015.

VIEW: Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Philippines' Sugar City: Bacolaodiat 2015 Schedule

Bacolaodiat file photo: one of the lighted lanterns display during the Year of the Horse; photo from bacolaodiat.com

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 (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) 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).

Bacolaodiat file photo: Lantern Dance Parade; photo from bacolaodiat.com

 

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