An­da­nar: Fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion keeps peo­ple grounded

Palawan Daily News - - Heritage - By Jemin B. Guillermo / PIA Con­tin­ued on page 8, Col.1

Ta­paz is a ru­ral area miles away from Metro Manila but with its good agri­cul­tural land, green area and beau­ti­ful scenery, it brings com­fort, kind­ness and grace to the peo­ple.

This is how Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar de­scribed the town dur­ing his visit for the town’s an­nual mu­nic­i­pal and re­li­gious fi­esta dubbed as “Pata­bang” fes­ti­val.

“We move into a dif­fer­ent hori­zon when­ever we travel to a pro­vin­cial des­ti­na­tion. Life is so dif­fer­ent from an ur­ban life. And this is a home­com­ing for me,” he said be­fore the crowd com­ing from all walks of life here and abroad who at­tended Coro­na­tion Night.

An­da­nar said “fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion is a tra­di­tion that keeps you grounded and re­minds you of the sac­ri­fices and hard work of our fore­fa­thers who went be­fore us.”

The PCOO Chief was the guest of honor and coro­na­tion speaker dur­ing the high­light of the 10-day feast cel­e­bra­tion in honor of its Pa­tron Saint Jerome.

“Ta­paz ang nag­paalala na ang buhay sa kabuki­ran ay maram­ing taglay gin­hawa, kabu­ti­han at biyaya,” An­da­nar said, point­ing out that fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion here is a good sym­bol of de­vel­op­ment and peace be­cause of the unity, strength and in­dus­try of the peo­ple.

An­da­nar said “pro­vin­cial life is a cen­ter of a coun­try’s mem­ory, where our urges had taken root and from where we grow to be the pro­duc­tive peo­ple of our na­tion.”

Ta­paz is one of the 16 towns in Capiz and has been classified as a first class mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the prov­ince, 55 kilo­me­ters away from Roxas City, the prov­ince’s cap­i­tal.

“Na­tives are not just indige­nous. Na­tives are

the images of the earth it­self, the com­mon­al­ity of ev­ery cul­ture cre­ated and char­ac­ter of what we are fun­da­men­tally. We are the repos­i­to­ries of each seg­ment even if we even­tu­ally de­sign our own in­di­vid­ual le­gends,” he said.

The town is known for a small com­mu­nity of indige­nous Panay-Bukid­non in barangay Ta­cayan which is home to Feliza, a binukot who has ex­per­tise in chant­ing the sug­i­danon, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant epic chants of the West­ern Visayas re­gion.

The PCOO Chief also ex­tended the greet­ings of Pres­i­dent Duterte to the peo­ple of Ta­paz, cit­ing that “Sa araw na ito isa rin siyang tu­nay na katu­tubo ng lalaw­igan at nais niyang bi­gyan diin ang kanyang mga ad­hikain na pat­i­bayin at ipag­pat­u­loy ang malawakang laban sa ip­inag­babawal na droga, kati­walian at krim­i­nal­i­dad.”

On the other hand, An­da­nar com­mended Ta­paz mayor Roberto Palo­mar for his ef­fort and true lead­er­ship to make alive the Filipino tra­di­tion and cul­ture through fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion.

He also said love for the peo­ple is im­por­tant for the suc­cess of a leader, as it is only love that can bind the peo­ple and the leader. (LTP/ JBG/PIA6-Capiz)

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