by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, October 5 (PIA) — Senator Joseph Francis ”Chiz” G. Escudero keynoted the grand opening of this year’s 117th Kasanggayahan Festival 2011 last October 1 , here at the newly renovated Balogo Sports Complex .
The event kicked off with the longest foot parade that started from 1:00 pm and ended at almost 3:00 pm participated in by almost all sectors of society in the province led by the public officials of the 15 local government of Sorsogon, government employees, the academe, the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, business sector, students, bands, drum and lyre corpse of the different schools and invited guests.
Senator Escudero lauded the Kasanggayahan Foundation Incorporated (KFI) through Msgr. Francisco P. Monje , its president for partnering with the private sector headed by Michael Sulit president of the Sorsoganon Kami Inc. for taking the initiative to volunteer in spearheading and taking the lead in this year’s celebration.
Escudero said that the Kasanggayahan Festival should be the moving spirit for every Sorsoganon to show one’s commitment in involving oneself contribute to the development of the province and should be celebrated through this festival.
Meanwhile Maria “Nini” O. Ravanilla, regional director of Department of Tourism V in her message underscored the value of tourism.
“All assistance to improve tourism here in the province here is being provided from accessibility in form of roads. Bulusan concreting is in the amount of P90 M and P2M Ecotourism project for the development of the Buenavista Tourism Center in Irosin and the construction of a tourism building for Gubat,” Ravanilla said.
She profoundly stated the richness of the province in terms of destinations, attractions and the Kasanggayahan Festival as the cultural strategy to mainstream tourism as a way of life of the province engaging local communities and local officials to provide the support systems like roads, improved amenities and planned year round events that should be a come on for tourists.
Former governor Sally Ante-Lee, delivered a message for and in behalf of the governor extending appreciation to the whole constituency for the very active participation and support to this year’s festival.
The local version of the Pantomina, “Sinakiki” interpreted by the dancers of the local government of Gubat wowed the audience in their very lively performance and colorful costumes and festive participation.
Stalls of the LGUs and other participating business enterprises selling different produce and products were also inaugurated after the opening program.
The whole complex was for the first time in so many years a venue of the evening wait of people to watch the display of fireworks that was donated by the DOT RO V and was started at 8:00PM. (IAG, PIA sorsogon)