By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — The provincial government here has alloted a total of P3.2 million for over 70 events scheduled during this year’s Buglasan Festival on October 11 to 20, 2013.
Provincial Board Member and 2013 Co-Director Mariant Villegas said that Gov. Roel Degamo augmented the festival funds with another P2.7 million, in addition to the annual regular budget of P1.5 million.
This is to to subsidize each local government unit (LGU) participating in the Booth and Festival competitions, said Provincial Tourism Council Chairperson and Buglasan Co-Director Dr. Nick Elman in a press conference held Oct. 7.
It was noted that more than 20 LGUs are participating in different activities lined up for the festival.
Dr. Elman said that to decongest the huge crowd turnout expected during the festival, the Buglasan main events will be spread out in three venues, namely: Freedom Park, Sidlakang Negros Village, and Rizal Boulevard.
Set on October 18 are the highlights of the week with Festival of Festivals showdown, Street Dance, and King and Queen competitions.
As of this writing, Malacanang has yet to respond to the resolution from Negros Oriental Sangunian Panlalawigan requesting Pres. Benigno Aquino III to declare October 18 as a special non-working holiday in the province.
The showdown and street dancing represent the local fiestas in municipalities and provide the public an opportunity to witness the colorful activities in one place at one time.
The street dancing will be routed along Dumaguete’s main thoroughfares while the presentation per contingent will be held at the Lamberto Macial Sports and Cultural Center, this city,
LGUs’ booths at the Freedom Park and Sidlakan Negros Village will be set up as a part of the celebration along with the corporate booths and an array of mini-restaurants.
This year’s Buglasan Festival annual celebration banners the theme “Sustaining Growth Through Unity Among Oriental Negrenses,” of which the organizers are optimistic that every sector in the province would be united and work doubly hard to make the province competitive and push the local tourism industry. (rmn/JCT/PIA-Negros Oriental)