By Benilda A. Recebido
Most Reverend Arturo M. Bastes said mass and in his homily, the bishop emphasized on the meaning of Kasanggayahan which he said should not solely relate to material prosperity.
“Kasanggayahan is not merely progress in material sense,” he said in his sermon, “but, progress in love for God and the neighbor, in the purity of heart, in the erasure of corruption, in all honesty, and dutiful morality.”
“That is pure Kasanggayahan,” he added.
Bishop Bastes also stated that the church and the state should be together for one common purpose, which is for the progress of each one.
Kasanggayahan Foundation Inc (KFI) organizer Monsignor Francisco P. Monje went over this in his own message by saying that the bishop is calling on everyone to preserve the unity between state and church leaders. “Especially in promoting Kasanggayahan here on earth and Kasanggayahan in the next life,” he said.
This year’s Kasanggayahan Festival revolves around the theme “Sorsogon Paunlarin, Agrikultura’t Industriya Pasiglahin (Sorsogon Pauswagon, Agrikultura Nan Industriya Pakusugon)” which highlights the role of the local agricultural industry.
The festival departed from the usual activities and concentrated on the effective advancement of the province’s treasure, culture, industry, agriculture, and its people.
In his welcome message, the KFI organizer said that those who were involved in the planning of this year’s Kasanggayahan Festival, were consistently in agreement with one another that all activities and programs must highlight Sorsogon’s agricultural and industrial potentials; the Department of Agriculture took the lead.
All exhibits, cultural shows, activities therefore will depict Sorsogon’s rich natural resources from which if properly engage, all constituents will profit.
“We firmly believe that Sorsogon is a rich province because of its natural resources,” he said.
He said that tourists and guests who come to Sorsogon are so impressed by its greenery and are attracted by its hospitable people.
“Indeed, we have all reasons to be proud that we are Sorsoganons and we have all the reasons to rejoice because we live in a place that is called Sorsogon,” Monje said.
In attendance were local government unit (front-runners, national government agencies, provincial as well as local executives and respective personnel) in a sequence of formal procedures led by Governor Raul R. Lee.(MAL/BAR-PIA5/VAEL-PIO/Sorsogon)