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MANKAYAN, Benguet – The Mankayan government is pushing through with the celebration of its annual founding anniversary on March 12, 2020 with simple but meaningful activities.
Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong said the municipal government decided to proceed with the celebration of its annual founding anniversary after consultations with the concerned sectors in the municipality to give justice to the town’s birthday.
Aside from the simple program for the celebration, the municipal government will also launch the display of the charcoal portraits of all the mayors that served the municipality for over a decade of the town’s existence to serve as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.
Part of the activities for this year’s Mankayan founding anniversary celebration is the launching of the largest Gong and the native clothes of the different indigenous peoples of the Cordillera in recognition to the fact that the municipality is a melting pot of different cultures of the region.
Ayong disclosed the municipal government already sent an invitation to Commissioner Greco Beljica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) inviting him as the guest of honor and speaker during the town’s celebration of its founding anniversary apart from launching the Katarungan Desk, one of the major programs of the Commission.
“We have to make the necessary adjustments to comply with the joint memorandum of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism and Department of Health, to ensure that precautionary measures will be observed during the conduct of gatherings to prevent the spread of illnesses that will compromise the health of our residents and visitors that is why we made sure that this year’s founding anniversary celebration will be simple but meaningful,” Mayor Ayong stressed.
The Municipal Chief Executive added that the Municipal Government will also be launching the town’s Pine Tree Festival tentatively scheduled third week of May to empower residents and visitors to value the importance of pine trees in preserving and protecting the state of the environment, not only in the municipality, but also in the different parts of the region which has been identified as the watershed cradle of Northern Luzon.
After the main program on Thursday morning, various tribal groups in the municipality will be participating in the cultural presentation in the afternoon to complete the lined-up simple but meaningful activities for the celebration of the town’s founding anniversary.
Mayor Ayong urged residents from the different barangays and interested visitors to patronize the activities to celebrate the municipality’s founding anniversary because it is important for the people to be aware of how and when the municipality was established so they can pass on to the youth the town’s rich culture and traditions inherited from ancestors, and for these youth to pass this on to upcoming generations.