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NegOr Tourism Roadshow launching celebrates NegOrense talent

Local dancers perform the Palihi Ritual at the start of the Tourism Roadshow Grand Launching held July 31, 2023 at the Capitol Forecourt, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, August 4 (PIA) -- The NegOrense talent was celebrated during the grand launch of the Provincial Government’s Tourism Roadshow held in this city.

Around 500 performers comprising different local chorale, dance, and music groups showcased dances, music, and songs during the one-night activity held on July 31, 2023 at the Capitol Forecourt.

The cultural event opened with the traditional Palihi Dance which is a ritual for good harvest and blessings.

The Tourism Roadshow is part of the provincial government’s strategies to promote the vibrant culture and heritage of Negros Oriental.

“This is going to be brought to the each and every Local Government Unit (LGU). We will also get local artists sa laing-laing (from different) LGUs bringing the culture of Negros Oriental and reviving it as it was used to,” said Gov. Manuel “Chaco” Sagarbarria in a media interview.

Negros Oriental Tourism Board Executive Director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said the launching of the tourism roadshow is a testament to Sagarbarria’s commitment to strengthen the province’ tourism sector which is part of his priorities upon assuming office.

“Governor Chaco Sagarbarria immediately wanted to do the tourism roadshow to the whole province of Negros Oriental, spreading culture and arts to the farthest municipalities because he doesn’t want any destination left behind,” Maquiling said.

Yagyag Festival Dancers from Sibulan town perform the festival dance routine during the Negros Oriental Tourism Roadshow Launching held July 31, 2023 at Capitol Forecourt, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA Negros Oriental)

Dance troupes from Dumaguete City, Sibulan, and Canlaon City performed Sandurot Festival, Yagyag Festival, and Pasayaw Festival routines, respectively.

Chorale groups, orchestras, and other dance troupes from Silliman University, Foundation University, and Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) and other towns like Vallehermoso also offered folk song and folk dance numbers.

Meanwhile, other chorale groups from Taiwan, Bohol, Bukidnon, Cebu, Tacloban and Zamboanga who are in Dumaguete City for the 1st Silliman University Chorale Festival were also part of the audience to witness the cultural performances of NegOrenses.

The Jiayi Primary School Children’s Choir and Loboc Children’s Choir also went onstage to perform some song numbers.(RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental) 

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Roi Anthoni Lomotan


Region 7

Roi Anthoni Lomotan is an Information Officer at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - 7. He is currently based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. His job at PIA includes covering general beat assignments and other important events in the province.

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