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Araw ng Kagitingan 2017

  • Sunday, 09 April 2017

Today, April 9th, the entire nation observed Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor to commemorate the fall of Bataan during World War II.  In Gumaca, this has become a tradition to honor our veterans and their sons and daughters.

This year, Lamon Bay School of Fisheries and Panikihan National High School played hosts to the proceedings and coordinated all the preparations to make the event a success.  It started with wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial Marker at the Lakan BUgtali Blvd. followed by a civic parade around town participated by the LGU, PNP, BFP, 85th IB, DepEd, Kabalikat and other CSOs/NGOs.  A program was likewise presented with messages from LBSF’s Principal Mrs. Filipina Vasquez and PNHS Principal Ricky Pertines and performances from GNHS FDT and LBSF Dancers.

Vice Mayor Dr. Elchor Caralian who represented Mayor Erwin Caralian and the local government unit gave a heartfelt message acknowledging the efforts of our veterans towards the attainment of the freedom that we are enjoying right now.  He added that they may have been diminishing in number due to old age but their heroism and sacrifices shall never be forgotten.  The Vice Mayor also mentioned about the monetary incentive that the LGU provides to centenarians.  During the last Foundation Day Celebration in November, two were already given and one went to veteran Cresenciano Maranaca.

Ms. Maria Teresa L. Oflaria was the guest speaker who imparted to her audience the valiancy of our veterans.  Ayon sa kanya ang mga katangian ng ating mga beterano ay ang mga sumusunod: kagitingan, pagmamahal at katapatan sa bayan, disiplina sa sarili, marubdob ang hangaring maging malaya at higit sa lahat may pananalig sa Diyos.  She recalled that initially she doesn’t want to enter government service but acceded to the insistence of her aunt.  Twenty years after, she said she’s happy she made the right decision.  Ms. Oflaria announced that the Philippine Veterans Office is also set to award Mr. Cresenciano Maranca being the oldest living veteran in Gumaca at age 101.

Bible Week 2017

  • Friday, 07 April 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared January of every year as “National Bible Month” in recognition of the “religious nature of the Filipino people and the elevating influence of religion in human society.” This was issued under Proclamation No. 124 dated January. 5, also set every last week of January as “National Bible Week.”

Here in Gumaca, Mayor Erwin Caralian recognizing the importance and significance of the Holy Bible as the divine inspiration has already institutionalized and set the Bible Week celebration every year through a Municipal Resolution/Ordinance creating a Bible Committee tasked to oversee all preparations.

And so this year, starting last January 20, the Slogan and Poster Making Contests were held at the Municipal Gymnasium, the winners of which would highlight and be paraded during the official launch of the celebration the following Monday, January 23. True enough, participants from all sectors once again filled the streets carrying their placards bearing bible verses they hope to live-by. A program befitting the occasion had Mayor Erwin Caralian delivering his words of inspiration followed by the reading of the bible verses of the different organizations.

Other activities included Bible Drill and Bible Quiz with all the schools in the municipality giving each other stiff yet friendly competitions but more importantly increasing the knowledge of our students about the words of God and its application to daily lives. Likewise, Bible distribution in partnership with the Gideon International was done in various hospitals to ease and give them comforts. The Word Bible Concert became the final salvo, this time, the musicality of the performers were the ones tested and which glorifies our dear Creator.

March 8-10, the Philippine Cultural Education Program of the National Commission for the Culture and Arts (NCCA) invited LGUs particularly the Local Chief Executives and Heads of Offices related to Tourism, Heritage, Culture and the Arts from all over to participate in their Culture-Based Governance Training.

Among the topics to be covered are the foundation and principles for culture-based learning, its approaches in governance, cultural practices for growth and development. Included also are presentations pertaining to NCCA programs, cultural heritage of church, Vigan conservation guidelines, preservation, conservation, and protection of all places, establishments, buildings, edifices, structures, relics and the like, among others. The Local Government Units of San Fernando City, Pampanga and Boac, Marinduque likewise are part of the program to present their best practices pertaining to their efforts to preserve their local history, culture and arts.

Both Mayor and his Administrator got interested because they want to create awareness and somehow be able to gain insights on the LGU's preservation efforts to our few remaining old houses, get technical assistance on the operation of Gumaca Museum and jumpstart the Waterfront Heritage Development. This training can serve as a good avenue by which best practices of other LGUs can be learned and be able to adopt here in our locality. 

The first two days were devoted to lectures, film showing and presentations with experts from the field specifically from the NCCA and the University of Sto. Tomas. Former Mayor Eva Medina and her son, now incumbent Mayor Eric Medina of Vigan City were also invited to talk. After all, who else can best demonstrate but those who have first-hand experiences in running a heritage city. On our third day, an exposure tour was also accorded the delegates who visited the yet to be opened culture and arts center of Vigan and the Quirino Museum who used to be the Provincial Jail in the olden times. One can’t help but marvel at the preserved beauty of the items on display. Visits were also made to the loom weaving and pottery of Vigan which are two of the most famed industry of the city.

Through Albert Vincent Barretto, the President of Kalilayan, who himself is an heritage advocate, a meeting with another heritage advocate Carl Vincent Quitoriano, himself a native of Vigan and neighboring town Caoyan, extra exposures were arranged. And so visits to the Syquia Mansion and the Crisologo Museum – two most visited places of interests which contains important mementos of yesteryears and family memoirs and heirlooms were made possible. Next stop was the Baluarte which houses Chavit Singson’s exploits of the wild animals from his various jungle expeditions. To complete the day, a tour to the Municipal Government of Caoyan was also set-up to get a glimpse of their governance. Nearby is a  house which used to be owned by the town's forefather - Don Dimas, a former Mayor himself, it contains relics and artifacts interesting enough to be subjects for history and culture.

Likewise, each day, before and after training sessions, the chance to roam around and observe the people’s walk of life were never missed. Calle Crisologo, Plaza Burgos, Plaza Salcedo were all amazing sights where one gets the feeling of being brought back in time of the Spanish colonial period. It’s of no wonder that Vigan was declared one of the new 7 Wonder Cities of the World and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines. Must try also are their longganisa, bagnet and empanada to which have become synonymous to Vigan.

With Mayor Erwin’s visionary mind, we hope that Gumaca becomes the next heritage center in the Philippines and make us a tourist destination.

Maagang sisimulan ang pagdiriwang ng pinainit na Araña't Baluarte 2017. Lahat ay inaanyayahan na ihanda na ang mga sisidlang sako at basket upang makigulo at makiagaw sa masaganang aning ibabagsak ng labing siyam na baluarte. Dagdag pa ang pinahabang pagdiriwang ng kapiyestahan ng Patrong San Isidro de Labrador na mag-uumpisa sa ika-11 hanggang ika-15 ng Mayo. 

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