Presidential Communications Operations Office

  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Saturday, 17 April 2021 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
PBB Guidelines 2016
Click to Open
PIA Snapshot

PIA Online
One Mindanao eNewsmagazine
One Visayas eNewsletter
One Luzon eNewsmagazine
ST@R eNewsmagazine
PIA Members Only:
PMIS | PANP Phone Directory
PIAEA Corner:
Application | View PIAEA Site
Special News Editions:
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
PIA News Archive:
Information to Empower Filipinos
English NewsFoto ArchivesRegional WatchOFW Watch
FrontpageHeadlines by RegionNews ArchivePIA SpecialsICT News

PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


News feature: Bacoleños holds 'Countdown to a Great Year'

BACOLOD CITY, January 3 (PIA6) -- Seconds before midnight last December 31, 2011, City Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia led Bacolodnons to a countdown aptly titled “Countdown to a Great Year”, united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing joy and hope for the year ahead.

At exactly midnight on Jan. 1, 2012, an impressive display of fireworks lit up the Bacolod Skyline with the Bacolod City Government Center Building as the focal point. Throngs of revelers lined the peripheries of the grounds fronting the government center to ring in the New Year with the spectacular fireworks display that lasted for 30 minutes.

Revelers began to gather at the government center grounds in the late afternoon on New Year's Eve, December 31. At 6:00 p.m., the government center’s facade was alight with radiant colors during the “Lights On” signalling the kick-off of the celebration.

The performances of some local talents like the Fire Dancers, MassKara Dancers, Elvis Group, and Statue Dancers, all accompanied by the Drum Beaters, provided unique and wholesome entertainment to the crowd’s delight.

A dance showdown participated in by some of Bacolod’s dance groups produced a higher energy level as the evening’s activities progressed. Minutes before midnight, a “Light Show” was presented displaying a tapestry of changing seamlessly interwoven dazzling color patterns accompanied by a medley of songs to herald the countdown.

The countdown is the brainchild of Mayor Leonardia.

Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31, the world holds its breath and cheers as the clocks strikes twelve.

Countdowns have been staged in two separate locations in Manila such as The Fort, and Mall of Asia where thousands of Filipinos have flocked to witness the New Year’s countdown and the great fireworks display.

In the local scene, the New Year’s countdown also hopes to become another event that will further boost Bacolod’s tourism industry.

Mayor Bing was elated by the success achieved by the first New Year eve’s countdown.

“This celebration will surely boost further our tourism, and I am glad that we were able to make the first step for after all, a journey to a thousand miles starts with a single step,” he said.

This event further fosters public-private partnership as exemplified by the MassKara Festival and the Bacolaodiat- Chinese New Year celebration in Bacolod.(A.P./PIO-PIA6-LOL/JCM)

Latest Stories
  • DOST project beneficiary produces biggest 'ulang' (R02)
  • Solar energy to light up 75 more houses in off-grid areas in NegOr (R07)
  • DA plans to use Mindanao program in Luzon (R11)
  • DSWD 1 marks its 61st anniversary celeb in February (R01)
  • 500 poor families get 'bags of blessing' (R06)
  • Close to 200 Negros Occidental police officers get promotion (R06)
  • NGO urges public to collect, propagate seeds to create native tree forests in CV (R07)
  • Police Information Officers receives commendation medals (R06)
  • DSWD brings Pantawid Pamilya program to Dumaguete City (R07)
  • LGU issues guidelines on use of municipal filling station (CAR)
  • NGO to hold free breast, cervical cancer screening (R07)
  • Aklan detainees trained on proper waste management (R06)
  • Hiligaynon news: DOLE 6 may bag-o nga direktor (R06)
  • Mangrove tree planting to highlight World Wetlands Day (R06)
  • Balikbayan finds ulang production profitable (R02)
  • Hiligaynon news: Impormasyon sa populasyon sa Iloilo nagapakita pagkinahanglan sa pagmanehar sing maayo (R06)
  • Various activities to mark World Wetlands Day in Iloilo (R06)
  • Tagalog News: Tapul Reef, ipinapadeklarang fish sanctuary (MIM)
  • Hiligaynon news: Alert Level sa Yemen napanubo sa level 2 – DFA (R06)
  • P118-M worth of Infra projects implemented by Dipolog in 2011 (R09)
    GOOD NEWS Series
    PIA Special Sites:

    ASEAN Philippines

    Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
    For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
    Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
    PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines