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AT BACOLAODIAT
Longest human
snake eyed

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The organizers of the BacoLaodiat Festival will attempt to come up with the longest human snake to get into the Guinness Book of World Records during the staging of the 8th Bacolaodiat Festival in Bacolod City on Feb. 7 to 10, festival chairman Leonito Lopue said yesterday.

Lopue said the snake, which is the 6th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, has the characteristic of gathering things together and they believe that 2013, which is the “Year of the Snake,” can be good for business.

He said they plan to make a 600-meter human snake on February 9 that will involve students of the Domingo Lacson National High School.

They have already informed the Guinness about it and will submit the required aerial footage with the help of 3rd District, Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, he added.

Lopue said they have come up with other innovations for the Bacolaodiat Festival this year and have many activities lined up to add color to the celebration, such as the lantern village, fireworks display every night and moving zodiac animals to entertain the children.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia recalled that he proposed the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Bacolod as a way of recognizing the presence and contribution of the Filipino-Chinese community to the economic growth and development of the city.

The Bacolaodiat was first celebrated in 2004.

Leonardia said they are anticipating that the Chinese will be a very big market in tourism within five to ten years.

“There are studies and projections that about 30 to 35 million Chinese will be going around the world during the Chinese New Year and we are targeting Bacolod to establish its Chinese New Year as an alternative destination for these Chinese tourists,” Leonardia added.

Lopue said that, with the theme, "Binding Cultures and Opportunities,” this year’s Bacolaodiat Festival is certain to highlight and further strengthen significant ties that bind the Filipino and the Chinese.

Leonardia said they give credit to Lopue and his group for helping the BacoLaodiat grow into what it is today..

“We thank them for the innovation, foresight and the dedication that helped the BacoLaodiat grow into a major event in Bacolod,” he said.

Lopue, on the other hand, thanked the Mayor for initiating the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Bacolod which he said will help Filipinos understand the culture of the Chinese.

They enjoin the public to witness this year’s Bacolaodiat Festival in Bacolod.*CGS

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