Wednesday, March 23, 2011

“Kultura Nga Pinanubli, Aton Ikabuhi” for the 110th Foundation Anniversary of Iloilo Province

To acknowledge milestones in our local history, the provincial government annually celebrates Semana Sang Iloilo.

With this year’s theme “Kultura Nga Pinanubli, Aton Ikabuhi,” the colorful function is scheduled with a week-long series of activities highlighting the provinces’ 110 years of service to the community from April 4-11, 2011. The events are scheduled to open on April 4 (Monday) with a Eucharistic Mass at 8 a.m. at the Capitol lobby; the Opening Ceremony will follow with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Agricultural Fair along with an exhibition that will feature a variety of products made by traditional artisans and members of self-help groups through the OTOP Display at the Capitol car park, Photo Exhibit at the capitol lobby an Photo Essay Exhibit at the 2n floor at the Capitol; the 3-day Food Festival opens at 5 p.m. at the Capitol car park with a mini-concert from the University of San Agustin Troubadours and the rondalla group of Himig Cuerdas at Tiklado.

April 5 (Tuesday) opens with a Disaster Preparedness Seminar and Earthquake Drill at the Conference room, 5th floor, Capitol from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m., Memorial Lecture by Hon. Demy Sonza in Sta. Barbara at 9-11 a.m., and the Inter-municipal Folkdance Competition at the Capitol car park, 5 p.m.

April 6 (Wednesday) invites everyone with opportunities galore through a Jobs Fair at the Capitol lobby from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., Cooperative Congress at the 5th floor, Capitol from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m., and the Inter-municipal Binalaybay Competition at 6 p.m., Capitol car park;

April 7 (Thursday) Inter-Floor Games at the Iloilo Sports Complex and Covered Gym; the annual HARP Awarding Ceremony at 8 a.m. till 12 noon, Capitol lobby and the Agricultural Achievers 2011 Awarding Ceremony at 2 – 4 p.m., 5th floor New Capitol.

April 8 (Friday) Memorial Lecture by Hon. Demy Sonza at the 5th floor, New Capitol; and the much-anticipated festival performances through the Pasundayag Sang Mga Banwa organized by the Iloilo Tourism Officers Association (ITOA). The festival parade at 2.pm. will start at the Freedom Grandstand and performances of the five municipal tribes will be at the New Capitol car park.

April 10 (Sunday) the 1st Adlaw Sang Iloilo Marathon at 5:30 a.m., Capitol Carpark and Iloilo Sports Complex.

April 11 (Monday) will be highlighted by Capitol Employees Family Day at 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the New Capitol lobby and a Fellowship Night with the recognition of Ilonggo achievers in the field of culture and the arts 7p.m. at the New Capitol lobby.

The vital role of arts, language, heritage, crafts, lands, architecture and agriculture, as well as economic development and local government will highlight the celebration.

It is through this celebration that the provincial government aims to transfer our local culture in terms of language and the arts between generations. The celebration also hopes to strengthen its ties with various stakeholders in order to promote our culture and heritage that can help shape up the young generation of today.

Cultural and heritage tourism is important to us to be able to help keep our industry strong and it is critical that we all work together.

The 110th Foundation Anniversary of Iloilo province is also brought to you by the Department of Tourism Regional Office, San Miguel Beer Corporation, Pepsi Cola Philippines and GMA-6 Iloilo. For more information, call the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism at 3384910.

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