This morning, with an aching body from the tiresome activities yesterday, I check my Facebook for new stuff around the online community. Seemingly half-awake, an image captured my mind and threw me aback. I did recognize the statue of a man with his carabao but something on the background caught my attention, what seems to be a fountain. When I thought I was dreaming, I did remember that later today, they are going to officially turn on the dancing fountain in the Provincial Capitol Lagoon at Bacólod City. The installation of a dancing fountain and color-themed floodlights signify a fateful start of developments around the area that is spearheaded by the Ayala Land, Inc. The Ayala Land, Inc., the undisputed winner of the bidding for the land behind the Provincial Capitol and the lots behind or beside the Philippine National Bank Regional Office, will develop not only the area of choice they acquired but also the whole premises of Province in Lacson St., already home to Bacólod’s or even the Island’s premiere commercial and financial districts.
In a recap of history, the Provincial Capitol’s construction was spearheaded in 1924 by the famous city-planner Daniel Burnham, the same Daniel Burnham who master planned the City of Baguio. The structure is of Beaux Art Design and was originally planned to include the present central façade only just like its twin Provincial Capitol in Negros Oriental. The North and South Wings were added for more office spaces, social functions and court offices when the present Hall of Justice was not yet constructed. As evident with Daniel Burnham’s project in Baguio City, he also had a man-made lagoon done which added to the beauty of the complex. There used to be lightings and small fountains in the Lagoon but was discontinued due to the financial losses incurred by the province during the height of the Sugar Crisis in 1980’s. The return of the fountains in the lagoon, in a grander scale, is a symbol that the Province has already surpassed the challenges of the economic downfall.
According to reports, it is a German firm who installed the fountains in the Capitol Lagoon which started their test runs early this week. The Provincial Capitol Lagoon’s new fountains with sport a 25-30ft. spout of water, synchronized with lights which would definitely bring back the glory and attention to this heritage structure. This will definitely bring a jubilant cheer among the regular joggers and some lovers trying to find cool solace in the Provincial Capitol Lagoon Park. Structures with fountains are currently the norm in the city especially at grand hallways of hotels but the first structures to sport one aside from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon are the Silay City Plaza* which is the first in the Province, the Old Bacólod City Hall or what is called the Fountain of Justice and the Philippine National Bank Regional Office though the bank’s fountain is currently non-functional.
República Negrénse would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. Marlon Sabio for the photos and *Dr. Maritel Ledesma, MD for the info on the Silay fountains.