NegOcc cities cancel fiestas due to Covid-19 concerns


The cities of Sagay and Bago in Negros Occidental province cancelled their fiesta celebrations this summer due to the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III issued Executive Order No. 005-AOM cancelling the 24th Sinigayan Festival celebration on March 14 to 19.

Marañon cited the Department of Health (DOH) advisory issued by Health Secretary Francisco Duque saying that “with the ongoing threat of the spread of the Covid 19, the DOH urges the public to avoid attending, participating in and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees.” (

The DOH also recommended the cancellation of planned big events or mass gatherings until further advise, the EO also stated.

“We may miss the glitter and gaiety of the Sinigayan Festival, however, it is necessary to minimize, if not eliminate, the risk of contracting the virus,” the city mayor said.

Bago City Mayor Nicolas Yulo earlier cancelled the fiesta celebration of the city that was supposed to start Feb 11.