Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Lucena Celebrates 4th JIMANBAN Festival

In meaningful observance its annual agri-fair this month, an agro-industrial festival dubbed as JIMANBAN will be held at the municipality of New Lucena on January 18-24, 2011 with the theme: “Ipabugal nga Ikaw taga New Lucena, Banwa nga Hamili kag sa Bug-os nga Nasyon Nakilala.”

The event will feature product and information displays from its 21 barangays. The week-long celebration will be highlighted daily special events. The fair will officially open with the One-Barangay-One-Product (OBOP) Display and the 9th SOMA Awards on January 18; Jimanban Presentation, High School Debate, and Searcfh for Miss Jimanban on January 19; Coronation of Day-Care Fancy Queen, Bakbakan 2011 and Civil Society Organization Night on January 20; NLPC Night on January 21; the Search for Mr. and Miss High School on January 22; Coronation of Fancy Queen 2011 and KALIPI and ERPAT Night with Live Band on January 23; Diana, Concelebrated Mass and the Coronation of Town Fiesta Queen 2011 on January 24, 2011.

The event is one way of celebrating the gains and significant strides made in the agriculture sector and reinvigorating the sector through program advocacies, especially during these critical times. The celebration is also a way of thanking Nuestra SeƱora de la Paz Y Buenviaje for all the blessings and miracles she provided the town.

Jimanban was the original name of New Lucena, a small community organized sometime in 1800 that was then an arrabal of the municipality of Cabatuan. Jimanban was derived from the word “nagapanghimanban” or to clear the place of banban grass in preparation for planting palay. In the year 1866, the boundary line separating the jurisdiction of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan was defined. Jimanban was made part of Sta. Barbara.

There was no record as to how New Lucena got its name. However, reports say that it came from the dialect Lu from ulo which means “head” and Cena a shortened version of the flower Azucena known to be abundant during that time. Lucena means pure and peaceful leader or head. Some say that Lucena was in honor of the 36th Alcalde Mayor of Iloilo in 1716-1717, Pedro Gonzales Lucena, in accordance to the directive that a town should be name after its Patron Saint or the highest authority in the area. Lucena was changed to New Lucena in January 1, 1947 and became a new town in the Province of Iloilo.

New Lucena is a 5th class municipality in the province of Iloilo. It has a land area of 4,412 hectares politically subdivided into 21 barangays. The town is 25 kilometers from city and can be accessed either using the highway or by way around Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara route.

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