President Aquino declares October 21 as special non-working day in Negros Oriental

October 17, 2011 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared Friday, October 21, as a special non-working day in Negros Oriental in celebration of the “Buglasan Festival“.

Proclamation No. 255 was signed on September 20 by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. to give the people of the Province of Negros Oriental the opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion.

The Buglasan Festival is being held annually in October to showcase and highlight the cultural heritage of the province and boost its economy and tourism industries.

This year’s Buglasan Festival theme is “Bringing Negros Oriental Tourism into Greater Heights."

Negros used to be called “Buglas” by the natives before the exploration of the Spaniards in Negros Oriental in 1565. Buglas, a tall grass that looks like sugarcane was abundantly grown in the island.

The Spaniards named the island as Negros because many of the dwellers were dark-skinned and kinky-haired. During that time, the inhabitants of the island were Chinese, Malays, and Negritos.

The Negros was made into two separate political units through a royal decree in 1869: Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. Dumaguete was named as capital of Negros Oriental. (PNA)

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