By Jeffrey Damicog
Pakil town in Laguna province has also been forced to cancel its annual Turumba Festival this year due to the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Aside from the Turumba Festival, the town is also canceling its scheduled Musikahan Alay Kay Adonay event.
“Ikinalulungkot ko pong ibalita na alinsunod sa Memorandum ng DILG (dated Feb. 12, 2020) at Advisory ng DOH (dated Feb. 7, 2020), kanselado na po ang pagdiriwang natin ng Musikahan Alay Kay Adonay sa darating na Feb. 22, 2020 at Turumba Festival 2020 mula April 18-22, 2020 (I am saddened to announced that, in compliance with the Department of Interior and Local Government memorandum dated Feb. 12 and Department of Health Advisory dated Fe. 7, the Musikahan ALay Kay Adonay schedyked this Feb. 22 and the Turumba Festival scheduled this April 18 to 22 have been canceled),” announced Pakil Mayor Vince Soriano in his Facebook post on Friday, Feb. 14.
“Datapwat, marami na pong naabala sa ating ginagawang mga paghahanda ukol sa mga ito, mas maigi nang huwag nang matuloy ang mga ito makaiwas lamang po tayo sa banta ng pagkalat ng 2019 novel Coronavirus ARD (Though many have already poured their efforts to these events, it is best to prevent the spread of COVID-19),” the mayor pointed out.
Soriano noted that the local government has already issued a memorandum dated Feb. 14 regarding the cancelation of the events.
However, Soriano said he has no authority to cancel the Catholic church celebrations scheduled this summer in the town.
The mayor also reminded that the province has also canceled, due to the same reasons, the Analig Fetival which is supposed to take place this March.