Vol. 1 Issue No. 6, JUNE 2016
Flora has just turned 53 years old celebrating its existence as a corporate entity with the usual colorful presentations, various friendly stage contests, sports competitions and cultural activities highlighting the three-day 2016 KABINNULIG FESTIVAL on June 20-22 at its main venue at Dr. Efren U. De San Jose Memorial Sports Center.
The theme for this year’s founding anniversary centered on unity among public officials and the hope for a progressive community. (“Naimpapusuan a Panagkaykaysa ken Napudno a Panagserbi: Tulbek ti balligi ken rang-ay ti ili.”)
One of the main programs for this year’s anniversary celebration was the swearing-in ceremony for the duly-elected town officials led by Mayor Rodolfo B. Juan and Vice Mayor Jessica L. De San Jose and Members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
The swearing-in ceremonies went smooth. The elected municipal officials were joined on stage by their immediate families.
Judge Richardson Agbisit administered the oath taking rites not as a whole but one official at a time.
Both Mayor Juan and Vice Mayor De San Jose took the opportunity to thank the people of Flora for their trust and confidence and vowed to continue working for the progress of the municipality.
In his inaugural speech, Mayor Juan asked for the cooperation of not only the members of the legislative branch but also from the community.
He wished that members of the SB and their family would continue the unity efforts of his administration.
“Ipakita tayo nga agmaymaysa tayo tapno makita da nga agaramid tayo ti naimbag.” he said.
He said that all barangay officials, teachers and students should contribute in the realization of the town’s dream to genuine progress.
He promised to help in the upliftment of education. “Ti edukasyon ket isu iti mangipaay ti panag-dur-as ti ili tayo,” he said adding that indigent families must have the equal opportunity to education.
The mayor also wants the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be more active in the prevention of illegal drugs.
ay nga problema daytoy ket rebbeng ken tiempo na nga lappeden tayo,” he added.
He said that this year’s celebration of Flora Day should become a symbol of love for all so that in this way, the town can achieve a real peace and unity.
“Ipaay iti sibubukel nga pamilyak iti nadiosan ken naimpapusuan nga panagyaman,” the mayor wrapped-up his 15-minute inaugural address.
For her part, Vice Mayor De San Jose vowed to exert all efforts and sacrifice for the good of Flora.
She assured to work-hand-in-hand with the mayor and members of the local legislature while asking for the cooperation of the whole community.
The vice mayor also thanked the people of Flora in their continued support to the De San Jose family.
The Angel Force, a choir group of the Seventh Day Adventist from Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur had provided inspirational songs and at two occasions using an Indonesian traditional instrument called Angklung.
Governor Elias C. Bulut Jr. had been invited as guest of honor but could not make it because he attended the graduation of a child in Manila, according to re-elected Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Maila Ballesteros, who took the chance to thank the people of Flora for their continued support to her in the May 9 polls.
She is hoping that the present political unity in Apayao will continue to lead the province to stability and progress.
Rep. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang was the guest of honor during the opening day of the town fiesta on June 20 when candidates of the Little Mr. and Miss Flora showcased their creative talent.
She also took the opportunity to call on the new elected public officials of Flora to continue the unity that had been started in the last political exercise.
Begtang admitted that she does not have an idea at this point what to expect from the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte but she asked for every Apayao citizen to hope for the continuing infrastructure development.
Competitions in Zumba Dance highlighted the Employees’ Night on June 20 with a group of men, FLOTODA, beating four women’s team.
On June 21, the annual Kabinnulig Float contest marked the morning activities as entries paraded from the FNHS grounds, where a carabao race and other contests were also held.
Barangay Balasi won the float contest for the second straight year.
In the afternoon, the Indigenous Games drew a huge crowd at the municipal hall ground featuring events like palo sebo, tug-of-war, chopping of firewood, archery show by three Agta tribe men, rice-milling the old way and backing saw challenge.
This was organized by the Tribe Leaders of Flora headed by Antonio Clavera (President) and Ybanag tribe leader Andoy Feliciano and IP Mandatory Representative Richard De San Jose, who also initiated the cultural night, highlighted by the search for IP Got Talent.
A raffle draw was also held with a ticket buyer from Baguio City winning the top prize of Rusi-150 motorcycle.
After the swearing-in for the elected officials, the street dance competition featured teams from the four different high schools of Flora.
On finale night, the five-year old kids of the Little Mr. and Miss Flora competed in evening gown, swimwear and question and answer before the coronation rites.