Bacolod revelers eye Guinness World Record for longest snake dance

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, revelers in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental will attempt not just to make merry but also to set a world record—for the longest human snake dance.

The activity is part of this year's "BacoLaodiat" festival marking the Lunar New Year, according to a report on Negros-based Visayan Daily Star.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia was quoted in the report as saying they will attempt to bag the longest human snake dance in the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday.

BacoLaodiat is a mix of "Bacolod" and "Laodiat," a Chinese word for celebration.

Leonardia said the festival sought to recognize the Chinese Filipino community's contributions to Bacolod City.

He credited Chinese Filipinos for helping stimulate business in the city.

“Considering that their presence here is going to be permanent, we thought that their culture and our culture should also mix. And celebrating the Chinese New Year is one way of doing that,” he said.

Other attractions at the BacoLaodiat Festival include Chopsticks Alley, a food walk and night market selling Chinese food and souvenir arts and crafts.

Leonardia said a bonus of the festival is the tourism attraction.

“We also saw that the festival has a potential for tourism. But I just consider this a bonus, because what is important is that we have the involvement of the Filipino-Chinese community, including their family associations,” he added.

“Now, I would dare to say that we have the biggest and the most colorful Chinese New Year celebration in the country today,” he added. —KG, GMA News