By Freddie C. Velez
Malolos City, Bulacan — All is set for the 439th anniversary celebration of Bulacan tomorrow – declared a province-wide holiday by Malacañang – and the festivities that go with the weeklong “Singkaban Festival.”
Making their rounds early morning yesterday, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando assured that preparations for the scheduled events tomorrow at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium as well as security are already in place.
As early as July 17, Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea had already signed Proclamation No. 268, “Declaring Tuesday, 15 August 2017, as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Province of Bulacan.”
As such, thousands are expected to flood Capitol grounds tomorrow as the event coincides with the beginning of the Singkaban Festival 2017 which carries the theme “Bulacan, Babalik-balikan.”
Invited at the celebration is Dr. Jaime Veneracion, a writer, professor and historian at the University of the Philippines, who will call to mind the origin of Bulakeños, their role in history, and their best-known traits.
Local officials will be joined by their honored guest, Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jose Antonio R. Sy-Alvarado, in a Holy Mass and wreath-laying at the statue of revered Bulakeño hero, Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar.
Meanwhile, coinciding the ceremony, Dr. Eliseo dela Cruz of the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (PHACTO) said, they will launch Gawad Singkaban, an awards program aimed at giving recognition to the best tourism-related activities, as well as the announcement of the Top 10 finalists of Sineliksik Bulacan Docufest 2017.