By Leandria Pagunsan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — Negros Oriental’s celebration of Buglasan Festival 2016 will carry the theme of heritage and culture as a way of promoting cultural tourism.
In a recent meeting of Negros Oriental Tourism Council (NOTC), Co-Chair Dr. Nichol Elman said that activities lined up for the coming Buglasan celebration in October will showcase cultural presentation like the balitaw, balak, rondalla, ballroom, spanish inspired dances, folk dance and other significant events of the past.
The provincial government through NOTC will carry the province’s tourism roadmap through agriculture’s organic farming and cultural tourism of preserving legacies like structures, music, workmanship, food, raw materials, engineering, dances, artistry and others.
Relative to promoting agricultural tourism, Sidlakang Negros Producers Association will sponsor local products fair promoting local delicacies in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Elman, noting agriculture as one of the economic drivers of the economy, said “there is a strong correlation of promoting our local products with tourism development.”
Among others, the Buglasan celebration will hold a well baby contest for proper nutrition, Lutong Garbo, jingle competition, and inter-secondary competition on the advocacy on green energy environment with Water Excellence Philippines (WEP) as sponsor in cooperation with the Department of Education, said Elman.
Furthermore, NOTC will give meritorious recognition dubbed “Sidlak Negrense Award” to those who qualified as finalists and winners in various national and international competition in the field of sports, music, entrepreneurship, inventions, and artistry.
Buglasan Festival will run from October 14 until October 23 with gimmick booths at the provincial capitol grounds and at the Sidlakang Negros Village in E.J. Blanco Drive, along with nightly cultural presentations showcasing talents of students from the public and private schools. (rmn/lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally publised at PIA Website on Aug. 4, 2016)