Mabalacat ex­ecs al­lot P9-M for Cara­gan fest, beauty tilt

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MABALACAT CITY — Of­fi­cials in this com­po­nent city al­lot­ted some P9-mil­lion for the cel­e­bra­tion of its an­nual Cara­gan Fes­ti­val and search for the Queen of Mabalacat City beauty pageant.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Mayor Crisos­tomo Garbo said that the city govern­ment will spend P5-mil­lion for the Cara­gan Fes­ti­val and the beauty pageant which are the two high­lights of the month-long cel­e­bra­tion of the town fi­esta on Fe­bru­ary 2.

Garbo said the lo­cal govern­ment is do­ing its part to al­low

the peo­ple ob­serve and cel­e­brate their rich cul­ture in honor of the city’s first Aeta chief­tain Car agan.

“In­spite that our po­lit­i­cal ex­er­cise is near, we give our con­stituents the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue what they have started. We would like them to see and feel how the city govern­ment gives im­por­tance to cul­ture, which in­clude the Cara­gan Fes­ti­val and our fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion,” the mayor said.

Dion­i­sio Jun Mag­balot, Jr., over­all co­or­di­na­tor of the fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion, said that more than 50 pri­vate and pub­lic schools will par­tic­i­pate in the three-day street dance com­pe­ti­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion on Fe­bru­ary 20, 21, and 22.

But for this year, the street dance will only be held at the Xev­era com­pound where the city hall is lo­cated, ac­cord­ing to Mag­balot.

“The fi­esta com­mit­tee de­cided that we will not use the na­tional high­way to pre­vent traf­fic con­ges­tion. We don’t want our de­trac­tors use this is­sue against our mayor,” he said.

The coro­na­tion night of the Queen Mabalacat City will be held on Fe­bru­ary 18 at the Great Mall Xev­era, Mag­balot said.

Both Garbo and Mag­balot thanked the city coun­cil headed by Vice-Mayor Chris­tian Halili for ap­prov­ing the funds for the fes­ti­val.

Mag­balot said they will be pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies for the par­tic­i­pants in the street danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion amount­ing to P2-mil­lion— P35,000 each for the ele­men­tary schools and P40,000 for the high school s.

City Tourism Of­fi­cer Ar­win Lin­gat said that some of the ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in dif­fer­ent barangays to let peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the fes­ti­val.

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