Bulakenyos kicked off their annual showcase of artistic and cultural heritage on Monday at the opening of Singkaban Fiesta 2013 in Malolos, Bulacan.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alva-rado led the opening rites at the Provincial Capitol building. He said that the theme of this year’s festival, “Makulay na Sining at Kalinangan: Bulacan Ipagmalaki at Ikarangal,” urged the Bula-kenyos to take pride in their long cultural history.
“Bulacan is known as the cradle of heroes, filling a number of pages in the country’s history,” the governor said. “Our province is continuously trudging the path toward a remarkable success not only in economic development but also in the promotion of arts and culture,” he added.
The governor said that after the thanksgiving mass, the celebration will be followed by a parade of floats participated by local government units and private partner agencies.
Alvarado said that different trade fairs and local exhibits will present local products such as sweets, fashion accessories and bags to local and foreign tourists.
He added that “Dakilang Bulakenyo” and “Lakan Sining Exhibit” will recount the life and contributions of the national hero Mariano Ponce in commemoration of his 150th birth anniversary. “We are proud of our cultural inheritance that reflects who we are as Bulakenyos—our talents, artistry and uniqueness,” the governor said.