Started in 2004, the Countdown is a giant street party with live bands as the city keeps vigil for its 72nd year celebration.
72 seconds to midnight of October 18, or the eve of October 19, the party counts down and at 12 midnight, city officials lead by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and the people partying at the New Government Center, sing “Happy Birthday, Bacolod!”
It’s 72 seconds because Bacolod ushers into its 72nd year as a chartered city.
The party at the NGC will be beamed through giant screens at the old City Hall, where there will also be a simultaneous partying.
It can be said that the traditional Countdown to Charter Day has brought street parties to Bacolod.