By: Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
The 429th Aggao Nac Cagayan, the anniversary of the founding of the civil government of Cagayan, will kick off on June 23, 2012 at the Cagayan Sports Complex with a line-up of exciting events and outreach services for the Cagayanos.
Dubbed as “Fiesta Nam Magili” or festival of the people, this year’s celebration will feature weeklong festivities, focusing on the 10-K agenda of Governor Alvaro T. Antonio. “Fiesta Nam Magili” was conceptualized to focus not so much on the festival, but on the people, who are active partners in local governance,” Edna T. Junio said during the press conference for Aggao Nac Cagayan last June 8, 2012 at Paseo Reale, Tuguegarao City. Edna T. Junio is the PSWD Officer and is concurrently the Chairperson of the Aggao Nac Cagayan 2012 Steering Committee.
She said that many of the activities are focused on the 10-K agenda (Governor Antonio’s program for progress), “We have activities under Kalusugan like Blood Olympics, Pretty Preggy, Medical services, Friendship Meet, Cycling event and other sports activities like Airsoft Tournament, Billiard and Chess. Our Fun Run hosted by ENR office is under Kalikasan. Other activities fall in Kaunlaran and Kalakalan like the Agri trade-fair, Trade Fair for SMEs, Dog Show, Job Fair and Binibining Cagayan and Ginoong Cagayan”.
Meanwhile, Read-a-thon, Kultura Cagayana, Cagayan Quiz Bee and Recognition of BTA Scholars are activities under Karunungan. Other activities like Gaggayam Nac Cagayan and the Indigenous People’s Art Exhibit seeks to promote and preserve the Cagayano culture through games, arts and crafts. There will also be night concerts and entertainment during the weeklong event, including fireworks display and exciting gimmicks by major sponsors.
The Aggao Nac Cagayan officially opens on June 23, 2012 at Cagayan Sports Complex with a formal program after a motorcade around town. The opening program will be participated by various LGUs, government agencies, civic units, NGOs, schools and universities, and private groups. Right after the opening program, Governor Alvaro T. Antonio and Vice Governor Leonides N. Fausto will open the trade-fair to the public. The festivities will continue until June 29, 2012, the actual anniversary day of the founding of the civil government of Cagayan.
According to Edna T. Junio a total of P5 million was allotted to fund the various activities of the Aggao Nac Cagayan 2012. Major sponsors for this year’s affair include Globe Telecommunications, San Miguel Corporation, Ginebra San Miguel, Universal Robina Corporation, and Photo City.