The Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JAC) will hold the third annual Summer Bon Odori or Lantern Festival Dance on August 12 to 13 this year.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale met with the organizers of the event last May 31.
August is the Philippines-Japan Friendship month and both countries celebrate the 60th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations.
The Cebu Provincial Government will also celebrate its 447th founding anniversary in August.
In behalf of the provincial government, the governor willingly accepted to be an official partner of JAC for the event along with the city of Cebu.JAC was asking the Capitol officials to deliver a welcome speech for the festival.
The event aims to foster closer cultural ties between the countries and the Japanese and Cebuanos in particular like a “family,” according to JAC President Kinue Sakurai.Sakurai said numerous Japanese cultural shows as well as a Sinulog Festival performance are prepared for the festivities.
Some less fortunate children of the Cebu City, will also be invited to enjoy the “revelries and festivities” in the event.The event has been getting bigger since it started a few years back.
JAC President Kengo Tanaka said the first lantern festival gathered around 13,000 attendees. Last year, the festival was held in Talamban, Cebu City and the crowd reached 18,000. Tanaka said they hoped to attract around 20,000 attendees this year.
This year’s venue of Summer Bon Odori will be at the South Road Properties.
The Department of Tourism and the city government of Cebu also support the event.