Agusan Sur province opens Naliyagan Festival 2016
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, June 12 (PIA) – In time with the 118th Independence Day celebration, the local government officials, heads of government agencies, and guests from different municipalities of Caraga region gathered at the Naliyagan Cultural Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidand Agusan del Sur on Sunday witnessing the grand opening of the 24th Naliyagan Festival and 49th Founding Anniversary of the province.
The event started with an entrancre of colors by the 401st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Hoisting of the national, provincial, city, municipal and barangay flags followed, accompanied also by the singing of the National Anthem, Naliyagan Hymn, Agusan Hymn and Agusan March.
This year’s week-long festival which will run from June 12-17, 2016 is anchored on the theme, “Productivity and Unity in Diversity”.
Agusan del Sur vice governor Santiago Cane, Jr. emphasized that the festival is not meant to gain additional funds for the province rather to celebrate the birth of the province, share the joy of the people, and especially to give small entrepreneurs the avenue to promote their products and opportunity for them to earn more. "The theme is focused on productivity of people in terms of agriculture which will in turn eradicate, if not, to improve the state of poverty in the province,” Cane said.
Cane added as he relayed the message of provincial governor Adolph Edward Plaza, that the local government remains steadfast in pursuing progress and improvement of system, and to continue moving forward through unified efforts.
Meanwhile, with fervent prayers to sustain the progress and in seeking for lasting peace and security of the province of Agusan del Sur, an ecumenical prayer among religious leaders was offered.
One of the highlights was the Kalayaan Jobs Fair where employment opportunities were made available to the public. During the evening of the kick-off celebration of the Naliyagan Festival, viewers will be entertained with the Cultural Show; TM Republikaravan sa Naliyagan featuring Siakol and Daybreak Band; Naliyagan Acoustics; Fireworks Display and Rave and Foam Party.
In her message, 1st District Representative Maria Valentina Plaza mentioned with specific emphasis on thanking the people of Agusan del Sur for their unrelenting support, and since the Independence Day is also commemorated, she likewise underscored the heroism of the forefathers and encouraged everyone to be inspired with the courage they have shown in attainment of the nation’s freedom. She further urged for unity in action by performing the role of each Agusanon in achieving progress.
Also, Agusan del Sur 2nd District Representative Evelyn Mellana expressed her warmest greetings to all the Agusanons with high hopes that they will be motivated to deepen the community bonds needed in pushing Agusan del Sur farther onto the road of progress.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan - Committee on Education Edward Mellana presented the 557 provincial scholars. A press conference was also held after the concluding parts of the program which include the releasing of balloons, freeing of doves, and awarding of individuals with best Filipiniana and best Barong attires.
The word “Naliyagan” means the chosen one, the most loved one. Hence, the Naliyagan Festival is where all the indigenous natives of the entire river valley of Agusan del Sur converge to display their dances, songs, products both agricultural and cottage industries, novelties intricately handmade displaying their glorious past of the natives. (VLG/JPG, PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog News: Ika-24 na Naliyagan Festival pormal nang binuksan sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur
Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Hunyo 12 (PIA) - Pormal nang binuksan nitong linggo ang ika-24 na selebrasyon ng Naliyagan Festival sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur kasabay nang pagdiriwang ng ika-49 na anibersaryo sa pagkakatatag ng nasabing probinsya.
Dinaluhan ito ng mahigit isang libo katao na binubuo ng mga local officials, heads and representatives of government agencies, academe, pribadong sektor at media na ginanap sa Naliyagan Cultural Center main stage nitong bayan.
Ayon kay First District Congresswoman Ma. Valentina Plaza, may ibat-ibang aktibidades na inihanda ang lokal na gobyerno at Naliyagan Foundation mula Hunyo 12 hanggang Hunyo 17 sa taong ito.
Anya, ang ibig sabihin ng salitang Naliyagan ay pinakanatatangi at pinakamamahal. Isa umano itong pagdiriwang kung saan ang ibat-ibang tribu sa buong river valley ng Agusan del Sur ay magtitipon-tipon at magpapakita ng kanilang kultura sa pamamagitan ng sayaw, kanta, mga produktong agrikultura at cottage industries na gawa nila na sya ring magpapatunay sa mayaman nilang kultura at tradisyon.
Dagdag pa ni Cong. Plaza, layon ng nasabing selebrasyon na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga IPs na makahalubilo sa ibang komunidad, makilala sila at maging mas progresibo pa.
Samantala, inaanyayahan din ni Dr. Manuel Rosaut Jr., ang kasalukuyang chairman ng Provincial Tourism Council ng probinsya ang mga Caraganons na dumalo at makisama sa kanilang mga pagidiriwang. Kabilang sa magiging highlight anya ang Bae Naliyagan 2016 (talent showdown); Naliyagan Cultural Show; Naliyagan Acoustics; 8th Naliyagan Bauto Race; Naliyagan Street Dancing Competition; Naliyagan Fireworks Display at Naliyagan Rave and Foam Party gabi-gabi.
Dagdag pa ni Dr. Rosaut na mahigpit ang seguridad na pinapatupad ng mg kapulisan at kasundaluhan at iba pang law enforcement agencies para maging maayos at payapa ang selebrasyon.
Napag-alaman din na bilang pagtatapos ng selebrasyon sa Hunyo a-dese-syete ay gaganapin rin ang State of the Province Address (SOPA) ni Gov. Adolph Edward “Eddiebong” Plaza. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)