Oct 17, a non-working holiday for Sorsogon

By Benilda A. Recebido

Official seal of Sorsogon

Official seal of Sorsogon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SORSOGON CITY, Oct 17 (PIA) – The province of Sorsogon will be turning 118 years today, October 17.

In observance of this, Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee issued Executive Order No. 012 series of 2012 declaring October 17as a special non-working holiday in the province and enjoining government officials and employees to actively participate in all activities of the Kasanggayahan Festival.

Kasanggayahan Festival is an annual festivity celebrated every month of October to symbolize Sorsogon’s establishment as a separate province of Albay. Sorsogon was formerly part of Albay that originally comprised the Bicol region historically known as Tierra de Ibalon.

It can be noted that Sorsogon became a separate province of Albay on October 17, 1894.

According to the EO issued by the governor, Republic Act 7380 says that a special holiday be observed on Oct 17 of every year in the entire province in commemoration of the establishment and founding anniversary of Sorsogon as a province.

RA 7380 was signed into law by then President Corazon C. Aquino on April 10, 1992.

“In compliance with the spirit and intent of the provisions of the said law, all national and local government officials and employees are hereby enjoined to observe, attend and participate in the closing ceremonies and activities of the Kasanggayahan Festival on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 starting at seven o’clock in the morning at the Capitol Grounds,” said the Executive Order.

Highlighting this year’s concluding activities of the Kasanggayahan Festival is the “Pantomina sa Tinampo”, known as a dance of love and courtship performed in the street.

Following the famous street dance is “Kaogmahan sa Kasanggayahan” (Kasanggayahan Bliss) where Pantomina revelers will partake of native delicacies.

In the evening will be the “Gab-I nin Kasanggayahan” (Kasanggayahan Night) where there will be display of fireworks and “Orgolyo San Sorsogon” or the Recognition of Outstanding Sorsoganons during the closing program. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

Original article is published at Philippine Information Agency site on October 17, 2012.

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