How Does the Philippines' Sugar City Celebrate Chinese New Year?
Belle Piccio | Feb 16, 2015
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.
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.
It is celebrated with cultural shows featuring Chinese songs and dances, colorful giant lanterns, lighted floats, a Chinese food alley and fireworks.
Grand Parade Route
Lantern Dance Parade Route
“Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” from the City of Smiles! Everyone, let’s celebrate Bacolaodiat Festival on February 19-22, 2015.
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).