by Kattryn Erryc Sayo
The celebration of the festivity for this year will be simpler compared to last year due to the devastation brought by the Southwest Monsoon last August. From 10 million, the budget was cut to 2.5 million.
“Dahil po sa nakaraang trahedya na humagupit sa Bulacan, and selebrasyon po ng Singkaban ngayong taon ay payak, pero pananatilihin nating masaya,” said Michael Fermin, a Board Member and Provincial Committee on Education and Tourism Officer.
With this year’s theme “Lalawigang Huwaran ang Pamahalaan, Tahanan ng Dakilang Lahi, Sentro ng Kasaysayan ng Bansa – BULACAN, sa daigdig ay ibandila!”, the Provincial Government of Bulacan prepared for various events including the display of the province’s history and culture, as well as specialties on food, fashion and handicraft.
One of the highlights of the festival is the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the Malolos Congress which will be held on September 15, the last day of the festival at the Barasoain Church. The said event will be attended by two cabinet secretaries.
Though the celebration will start on September 8, the formal opening of the festivity will be on September 10, and will be aired on GMA7’s morning show Unang Hirit.
The events on September 8 are the Gawad Kalinga Barangay wherein chosen barangay officials will be rewarded for their exemplary service at the Capitol Gymnasium, and the Reyna ng Bulacan (Greet and Meet) wherein the candidates will be introduced at Robinson’s Pulilan. On September 9 will be the pre-pageant of the Reyna ng Bulacan which will happen at the Hiyas Pavilion.
The formal opening of the Singkaban Fiesta will be on September 10 at the Capitol Ground. The Kumpetisyong Bayan ng Singkaban or KBS Rewaynd Finals is on September 11 at the Hiyas Pavilion. The El Pueblo Soberano 200 and Reyna ng Bulacan Coronation Night will be held at the Capitol Gymnasium on September 13.
The Barong Bulakenyo Fashion Show will be on September 14 at the Hiyas Pavilion. The 114th commemoration of the Malolos Congress will be at the Barasoain Church; Graduate Education Association of Chapter Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (GEACCUP) Regional Assembly at the Capitol Gymnasium and Gawad Dangal ng Lipi at the Hiyas Pavilion, will occur on the last day of the celebration, September 15.
Aside from those, other events are the Trade Exhibit, Lakan Sining Exhibit, Dakilang Bulakenyo Series: Eusebio “Maestrong Sebio” Roque and the Kakarong Show. All will take place at the Capitol building.
-with reports from John paul Marquez