The local government of Bustos, headed by Mayor Arnel Mendoza, launched a book on Bustos local history on January 12 on the event of the Minasa Festival.
Professor Jaime Veneracion and Mr. Dennis Galvez wrote the publication to supplement the teaching of local history as encouraged by the K-12 program of the Department of Education and the implementation of the Proud Bustosenyo curriculum ordinance in the municipality.
Mayor Mendoza expressed through a letter that the book targets the readership of the Bustosenyo youth so that they may appreciate the richness of their cultural heritage and town history.
The launching was conducted at the opening ceremony of the Minasa Festival at the Bulacan Military Area Park of the municipal government compound. The week-long celebration also honored the World War II Filipino veterans through a wreath-laying and gun-salute ceremony, held after the book launch.
Jeremy Chan, representative of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), received the publication’s initial copy during the handover ceremony. “It is important that the youth know and take pride of their local histories for it serves as a basis of their identification,” said Chan.
Minasa Festival takes after the local delicacy of which Bustos is famous. It boasts of colorful street dances, talent competitions and a showcase of delectable minasa cookies and Barquillos. The festival opens the year for Bustos as it is celebrated annually in January.
Koronadal celebrates Diamond Jubilee at Hinugyaw Festival
The Koronadal City, through the leadership of Mayor Peter Miguel, celebrated its 75th founding anniversary alongside the Hinugyaw Festival from January 5 to 10.
Hinugyaw Festival’s theme for this year is “Tri-people, One Family, One Koronadal: The Crown Jewel Chines the Brightest @ 75,” which celebrates the unity that has empowered the different cultures of the Koronadaleños into shaping the city to what it is now.
Commissioner Orlando Magno of the Commission for Cultural Dissemination of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) joined the Grand Anniversary Program on January 10 as one of the speakers. He highlighted the importance of unity among the three groups that inhabit the city and recognized their drive to improve their city and bring it the title Crown Jewel City of the South.
The celebration started as early as December with several musical personalities participating, like Nyoy Volante, Sitti and award-winning singer song-writer Freddie Aguilar among many others. Sports fests on table tennis, chess, darts, martial arts and biking along with exhibits, contests on photography and shooting, martyr commemorations, pageants and street dancing parades comprised the grandiose celebration.