An ordinance creating and institutionalizing the Bacolod City Trade and Cultural Center that will showcase Bacoleño products, arts and crafts and promote Filipino-Muslim decorative and industrial arts and culture and appropriating funds for its implementation, is being proposed by Bacolod Councilor Sonya Verdeflor.
The ordinance says Bacolod City is known for its rich culture and heritage and is proud of its uniquely Bacolod products, arts and crafts.
It also says Bacolod City is home for thousands of Muslim Filipinos and their families, who have traditionally carried the rich culture and arts of the early settlers of southern Philippines.
Despite of the various arts and crafts that Bacolod City is known for, and the important part of the southern Filipino culture and arts that Muslim Filipinos traditionally observe, producers and traders are still left with very minimal opportunities to showcase their various decorative and industrial arts and promote their trade and cultural heritage, the proposed ordinance says.
Outside the territorial domain of Filpino-Muslims in the southern Philippines, Bacolod is strategically ideal to be the center for trade, culture and arts, and for the promotion of Filipino-Muslim Decorative and Industrial Arts and Culture in the Visayas, Verdeflor, it also says.*CGS