Sipalay is known for its white-sandbeaches and crystal-clear waters, attracting both foreign and local touristsseeking a tranquil getaway. Its kite festival, an award-winning tourism event,is one of the biggest in Western Visayas. The 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festivalhas been moved from March 26 to 31 to April although the final dates have yetto be announced. Lizares cited the Department of Healthadvisory issued by Secretary Francisco Duque III which strongly urged thepublic to avoid attending, participating and organizing events that draw a hugenumber of attendees. However, the events were rescheduledtogether with the 23rd Babaylan Festival on March 8 to 14. “The Sipalay City Governmentunderstands that the 19th Charter Anniversary and the 8th Burangoy Tourism KiteFestival draws a large audience and sees this as a risk in contractingCOVID-19,” the executive order said. “The Sipalay City Culture and ArtsCouncil has recommended to prioritize the safety of Sipalaynons,” it added. BACOLOD City – The City of Sipalay in southern Negros Occidentalcanceled big events and mass gatherings for its 19th Charter Anniversary onMarch 26 to 31 due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019). In the north, Sagay City canceled itsannual Sinigayan Festival slated from March 14 to 19 also due to the Covid-19threat. (PNA) Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizares issued anexecutive order dated March 5 cancelling four events during the charteranniversary and the postponement of the 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festival to“ensure the safety of Sipalaynons and guests.” Suspended events included the 10thBarongoy Fishtival, opening ceremony, “Banda Diri, Banda Didto” drum and lyrecompetition, and all sports events and competitions such as boxing,skimboarding, volleyball, beach volleyball, and motocross. Although the celebration willcontinue, the city government has opted to hold fewer events and focus onsmaller gatherings. The City of Bago initially canceledits 54th Charter Anniversary celebration set from Feb. 11 to 19. Last month, Sipalay’s neighboring townHinoba-an, the southernmost town of Negros Occidental, suspended barangayfiestas, cockfights, and other public events in February and March due to theCOVID-19 scare.