International kid campers to join cultural heritage tour in Silay City

BACOLOD CITY, July 11 (PNA) – The Silay City Government in Negros Occidental through its Tourism-Cultural Division will host the “Lagaw-Kultura sa Silay,” a cultural heritage and hacienda tour, on July 16.

This will be participated in by international children campers from the Philippines, Denmark, Norway, Costa Rica, Italy, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and Vietnam.

Mayor Jose Montelibano said this is an expanded program of Silay City that reaches out to other countries to promote the campaign, “Visit Western Visayas First; Start in Silay.”

The theme of this year’s camp centers on economic diversity that touches on the sugar industry in Negros. Participants will have interaction with the children of the sugarcane workers in Hacienda Adela.

Activities include working in the sugarcane field, caro-carabao ride, visiting hacienda houses, cultural intramurals in the community, and culinary adventure.

Ver Pacete, tourism officer of Silay City, said the participants will be provided with hoes and be allowed to experience munching of sugarcane and cracking of pili nuts the hacienda way.

Part of “Lagaw-Kultura” is a walk tour in the Silay heritage area that covers Plaza Olympia, Iglesia San Diego, Casa del Govierno, and Balay Negrense.

The cultural program will be held at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center featuring the world-renowned Kabataang Silay Rondalla and Hugyaw Silay Dance Group.

A dialogue in culture and “learn to dance” session will be facilitated by Marissa Montelibano, Susan Velez, Achilles Corteza, Gerle Sulmaca, Ronnie Gumia, Francess Dane Cobrado and Edmar Villanueva.(PNA)