By Angelyn S. Lacambra
The Provincial Government of Cagayan (PGC) formally opened the weeklong celebration of the Aggao Nac Cagayan to commemorate the 429th founding anniversary of its civil government at the Cagayan Sports Complex last June 23, 2012. The theme for this years’s celebration was “Fiesta Nam Magili”
(Pista ng Bayan).
The opening ceremonies was led by Governor Alvaro T. Antonio, Vice Governor Leonides N. Fausto, Board Members, and Local Chief Executives of the different municipalities, employees of national agencies, non-government agencies, schools and private establishments.
In his message during the opening ceremony, Governor Antonio lauded the efforts of the different committee chairs of Aggao Nac Cagayan and other partner agencies for the success of all events for this year. He said that this year’s celebration is another accomplishment for the different working committees. “I really appreciate your effort for this year’s affair. Organizing an event like this is not an easy task but with your undying support and cooperation, you performed well. Thus, you made this celebration a successful one. Maintain the rapport you established and continue to strengthen good partnerships,” Governor Antonio added.
Governor Antonio likewise expressed his gratitude to all the public officials, employees, and other visitors present in the opening ceremonies. He said without them the celebration will not be as fruitful as it was. “Let us all hope that we will have more fruitful and successful Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration in the years to come,” the Governor ended.
Meanwhile, PSWD Officer and Aggao Steering Committee Chair, Edna T. Junio announced the series of activities for the weeklong celebration. She said there were various of activities to be enjoyed in the weeklong celebration. “This year, the PGC and its line agencies organized new events for you to enjoy and experience in the weeklong celebration. These are events that will not just entertain but events that will make us revisit our culture and traditions as Cagayanos. So enjoy the week and have fun,” Junio said.
After the opening ceremonies, Governor Antonio also led the ribbon-cutting to formally open the trade fair. The event was spearheaded by OPA and was participated in by the different LGUs. It served as a venue to market their local agricultural products.
Added activities during the opening of Aggao Nac Cagayan were Kalinawa Art Exhibit, Blood Olympics, Ginoong Cagayan, Binibining Cagayan, Livestock Production Seminar, LGU Night, SMB concerts, Kultura Cagayana, Dog show, Grand Hataw Competition, piglet-catching, fireworks display, and many more.
The Aggao celebration started with an ecumenical prayer and followed by a motorcade around Tuguegarao City.