Many “generals” (as residents of Gen. Santos City call themselves) braved the not-so-good weather Saturday to witness the Grand Opening of the 11-day Kalilangan Festival 2008.Students, teachers, parents, visitors, and people from all walks of life were entertained by grade school and secondary school dancers in colorful costumes perform favorite folk dances.
A colorful fireworks display to cap the night later awed the crowd with children cheering and shouting with joy and excitement.
In his short message, GenSan City Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., said the celebration of the city’s 69th Foundation Anniversary is another milestone in the pages of its history.
He narrated how our forefathers, the pioneers, transformed this barren place into a highly urbanized city and the Tuna Capital of the Philippines after 69 years.
“This did not happen overnight but through the hard work of our leaders and the cooperation of our people,” he said.
He also stressed that if there is peace comes development. And with development, is the opportunity for celebration in thanksgiving, citing this as the reason for the festival theme: Kalinaw (peace), Kalambuan (progress), Kasadya (pageantry).
“Daghan and gusto mag-isturbo sa atong dakbayan busa gikinahanglan kita magtinabangay sa kanunay og atong ipadayon ang kasadya,” he added. (cpio/ping aponesto)
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