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Tour of Negros officially opens

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The first-ever Tour of Negros is now officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson at the SM City Mall, today 21 March 2021.

Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson leads the opening rites for the Tour of Negros. "We feel honored by the opportunity of hosting this event," he says. | Pjooto by Hannah A. Papasn
Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson leads the opening rites for the Tour of Negros. “We feel honored by the opportunity of hosting this event,” he says. | Pjooto by Hannah A. Papasn

Tongson, during his pre-launch address, said that “we are lucky to be able to still hold this event” which will be held 6 April to 9 April 2021.  Still, he said, the event is not an excuse not to observe health protocols, given the recent rise in the number of cases after travel protocols loosened up.

“This is a unity ride… a show of strength not only for Himamaylanons but for all Negrosanons,” Tongson said.

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“We should still observe health protocols,” he said, adding, “if during the tour, you feel any symptoms of any kind, do not treat that as an ordinary flu. Opt not to join the tour instead.”

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) and Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran arrive at the venue of the Tour of Negros launch at SM Mall lobby. | Photo by Hannah A. Papasin
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) and Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran arrive at the venue of the Tour of Negros launch at SM Mall lobby. | Photo by Hannah A. Papasin

Meanwhile, Bacolod Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who represented Mayor Evelio Leonardia, commended the effort of the Himamaylan LGU in organizing the event.

“Bicycling,” he said, “is for everyone, for the young, and the young-at-heart.”

 He added that bicycling promotes camaraderie and road discipline.

The set for the launch of the Tour of Negros held at the SM City Mall. "This is a unity ride... a show of strength not only for Himamaylanons but for all Negrosanons," Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson says.| Photo by Tellie Sarnicula
The set for the launch of the Tour of Negros held at the SM City Mall. “This is a unity ride… a show of strength not only for Himamaylanons but for all Negrosanons,” Himamaylan Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson says.| Photo by Tellie Sarnicula

The first tour came at the heels of the Tour of the Fireflies 2021, also hosted by Himamaylan, an event that was done in honor of medical frontliners, for clear air, and safer streets.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

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