Ha­lan­du­mon Fes­ti­val launch­ing at Char­ter Day cel­e­bra­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top stories -

THE 1st June 18 Char­ter Day cel­e­bra­tion of Ba­colod City will be high­lighted by the 1st Ha­lan­du­mon Fes­ti­val, a street­danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion among the city’s barangay fes­ti­vals.

The city’s new­est tourist at­trac­tion, show­cas­ing the fes­ti­vals of Ba­colod barangays, will be held at the Ba­colod City Govern­ment Cen­ter Foot­ball Field on June 16, Sun­day, at 2 p.m.

The Ha­lan­du­mon Fes­ti­val, con­cep­tu­al­ized by Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia in 2017, was in­tended to start in 2018 in time for the 80th Year cel­e­bra­tion of Ba­colod.

“While we were not able to start it in our 80th year, it is now even more fas­ci­nat­ing that we are be­gin­ning it also at the start of our 1st June 18 Char­ter Day cel­e­bra­tion,” Leonar­dia de­clared.

“The Ha­lan­du­mon Fes­ti­val will ac­tively in­volve the barangays to make them feel they play this im­por­tant role in unit­ing our peo­ple and har­ness­ing their po­ten­tials while dis­play­ing their tal­ents and cre­ativ­ity,” the mayor said.

“Ha­lan­du­mon” is Hili­gaynon for “mem­o­rable” or “wor­thy to be re­mem­bered.”

This is the most ap­pro­pri­ate name when we con­sider the essence and mes­sage that this fes­ti­val stand for, the mayor added.

As early as when they as­sumed their 2016-2019 term, Leonar­dia had sug­gested to Con­gress­man Greg Gasa­taya that be­cause of an er­ro­neous be­lief that Oc­to­ber 19 was the birth of Ba­colod as a city, the best rem­edy was to cre­ate a new law that will amend and rec­tify all pre­vi­ous mis­con­cep­tions.

In an of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion later in 2017, Leonar­dia con­veyed to Gasa­taya that, “We feel the ur­gency of this amend­ment con­sid­er­ing that in 2018, Ba­colod will com­mem­o­rate its 80th year of ex­is­tence as a city.”

In 2018, Leonar­dia also wrote the se­na­tors, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Juan Edgardo “Sonny” An­gara, chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Lo­cal Govern­ment, to re­quest for their sup­port for the swift pas­sage of the Gasa­taya bill that will cor­rect the his­tory of Ba­colod.

Af­ter Gasa­taya filed House Bill No. 5875 in 2017, he pur­sued it, with the sup­port of lo­cal of­fi­cials, in the Lower House and the Se­nate. Even­tu­ally, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte signed it into a law as Repub­lic Act No. 11146 on Novem­ber 9, 2018.

Thus, RA 11146 now of­fi­cially rec­og­nizes the day when then Pres­i­dent Manuel L. Que­zon signed into law Com­mon­wealth Act 326 as the day the City of Ba­colod was created. It is also now a spe­cial non-work­ing pub­lic hol­i­day.

The Ha­lan­du­mon Fes­ti­val is now in­cluded as one of the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties of the “Mga Ad­law Sang Paghan­duraw,” the city’s an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tion of his­tory, art and cul­ture, from June 12 to 20 as pro­vided in City Or­di­nance No. 616.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.