Sorsogon City re-launches Pili Festival; kicks off today

Sally Lee, the new Sorsogon City Mayor for 2013-2016. Image is via

Sally Lee, the new Sorsogon City Mayor for 2013-2016. Image is via

SOROGON CITY, June 23 (PIA) – The city government of Sorsogon, under the present leadership of Mayor Sally A. Lee, has re-launched the Pili Festival, a celebration of abundance, blessings, peace and bounty, commencing today.

Sorsogon City Mayor Sally A. Lee said that this year marks the re-launch of the Pili Festival, adding that since 2000, the festival has been synonymous with Sorsogon, and it is but fitting to revive it to showcase the best of Sorsogon and the Sorsoganons.

Pili festival officially kicked off today, June 23, with a concelebrated Holy Mass, Pamarahaw Fiesta Festival, Tiriladan sa City Hall, Opening and Blessing of House Expo and Street Showdown Competition.

Pili Festival will culminate on June 30 in time for the State of the City Address and the declaration of Sorsogon City as Character City.

Both dates were declared as local and special non-working holidays for Sorsogon City by virtue of Executive Order No. 10 series of 2014.

According to Lee, Pili festival showcases Pili Tree, which is indigenous to the province of Sorsogon.

“The primary purpose of this festival is to emphasise the importance of pili and to increase the awareness of the public on its various economic uses,” she added.

During the press conference held on Saturday, June 21, Lee urged the Sangguniang Panlungsod through Vice Mayor Ma. Charo Dichoso-Logronio and committee chair on Tourism City Councilor Inigo Destacamento to come up with legislations and ordinances supportive of the institutionalization of Pili Festival.

This year’s theme “A Festival of Abundance… a Festival of Blessings… a festival of Peace… a Festival of Plenty…” coined by Mayor Lee herself will highlight Sorsogon City’s heritage, resources and aspirations as a community and as a people.

To shower abundance and make Sorsogon City people enjoy a festival of blessings and peace, Mayor Lee said series of activities like distribution of land titles to Urban Poor Beneficiaries, distribution of Livelihood Assistance for Coastal Barangay Fisherfolks, turn-over of a river cruising banca to Brgy. Buhatan as part of the City Community Based Tourism Programs, launching of “City Green Garden” and the declaration of Sorsogon as Character City will be conducted.

The Pili Festival in its re-launching this year will become an annual event in the City of Sorsogon in line with the celebration of the city fiesta in honor of the Patron Saints Peter and Paul whose feast day falls on June 29.

More sports events will also add to the fun and excitement of this year’s festival which include Pili Festival Airsoft Competition, Inter-Department Billiard Tournament, Celebrity Volleyball Exhibition Game, Inter-Barangay Marathon, National Motocross Challenge, and Sea Water Sports among others. “We encourage all Sorsoganons to take an active part during this week-long celebration”, said Lee.

A Street Dancing Showdown depicting the stages of pili development also gave way to an additional participation of the on-lookers and the public in general. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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