By Angelyn S. Lacambra
Adhering to its campaign to fight cardiovascular diseases and to promote healthy lifestyle, the PGC through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Health Office (PHO) spearheaded the first-ever Grand Hataw competition at the Cagayan National High School Gymnasium on June 25, 2012.
The competition was a one-of-a-kind event as it gathered more than 500 “hataw goers” from 26 municipalities of the province. The competitors were donned in their colorful costumes and performed active dance moves during the contest.
According to PSWD Officer Edna T. Junio, the Grand Hataw competition does not only show how active the women of Cagayan, it also shows their seriousness in aiming for a healthy lifestyle to fight cardiovascular diseases. “The Grand Hataw competition is one of the initiatives of the PGC to continuously promote good health among Cagayanos. Let us not stop our fight against decreasing the risks of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. Let us make this competition an inspiration to continue aiming for a healthy lifestyle,” Junio added.
Meanwhile, a multi-sectoral summit was conducted with the theme, “Empowering People for Economic Enterprise,” in line with the activity led by Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Managing Director of Villar Foundation.The summit focused on how to be a skilled business entrepreneur and progressive individual.
According to Villar, she came from a poor family, but with courage and determination she was able to achieve her aspirations. “I am sharing with you my experiences and hardships when I was in college. I hope that from my experiences you can learn how to become a better individual. Just believe in your ability and strive more. Widen your horizon and explore things that could bring you to the top. Be creative, attend trainings and seminars regarding entrepreneurship and skills enhancement so that your capabilities will be improved,” Villar advised.
Moreover, Vice Governor Leonides Fausto congratulated the women behind the competition. He hoped that after the activity they will become effective individuals. “May the experiences of the Villar family inspire you and teach you to be productive. Reaching your goals might not be easy but if you try hard to pursue it, you will taste the fruits of your hard labor. Strive hard and become effective entrepreneurs,” Fausto added.
Among the 26 hataw groups, five (5) were awarded Grand Hataw winners:1st place-Iguig with 10,000 cash prize; 2nd place-Gonzaga with 8,000 cash prize; 3rd place-Penablanca with 6,000 cash prize; 4th place-Rizal with 4,000 cash prize; and 5th prize-Tuguegarao City with P2,000 cash prize.