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Leonardia promises bigger rum festival

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Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is eyeing a bigger Tanduay Rum festival in the city in the coming years.

“Bacolod is the right place to have the rum festival,” said Leonardia, adding that it highlights sugar, which Negros Occidental is known for.

The 1st Tanduay Rum Festival in the Philippines kicked off at the Bacolod City Government Center last Saturday.

“It is just right to hold a festival something as big as this here because we all know that the sugar industry here is a big factor on the success of the Negrenses,” the local chief executive added.

Leonardia said he is hoping to make a much bigger festival in the future, noting “Bacolod is a natural habitat of festivals in the Philippines, with the success of Bacolaodiat and the world-famous MassKara festivals.”