BacoLaodiat rings in Chinese New Year

Temple bells and gongs will ring as the Tsinoy and Filipino communities of Bacolod welcome the Year of the Ox in the city’s fourth rendition of the BacoLaodiat Festival from January 23-26.

The festivities converge at the Capitol Shopping Center, popularly known as Bacolod’s Chinatown because of the great number of the Chinese businessmen and residents in the area.

BacoLaodiat is derived from the words Bacolod and “Lao Diat,” which is Fookien for celebration.

For the duration of the festival, the sights and sounds, and the aroma of well-loved Chinese delicacies will draw visitors to Chopsticks Alley along the streets of Narra and Tindalo starting on the 23

rd. This food walk and night market will be lined with colorful rolling carts of delicious Chinese food. Street performers in jewel-toned Chinese costumes will entertain the crowd and chase away the ghosts of the old year.

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