SENIOR CITIZENS’ week celebration 2012Written by Evelyn Sarmago
- Created: 29 October 2012
Once again the Municipality of Dalaguete had successfully and joyfully celebrated this year’s Senior Citizen Week on October 12, 2012. This event with the theme “Katigulangon: May dungog, Kahiusahan ug Kahamugaway sa Pagpuyo” is recorded in the history of Dalaguete and in memories of our beloved senior citizens as year’s celebration first ever held at Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu. The Activity is participated by 1, 356 senior citizens from various barangays of Dalaguete.
The beginning of the event is made through a Holy Mass Celebration at San Isidro Parish by the Mantalongon Parish Priest, which is followed by a Parade from Church to San Isidro Sports Complex. As the participants coming from various barangays of Dalaguete group themselves in their corresponding chairs, the contestants for singing, balak, dancing, and intermission numbers were busy preparing themselves in the upcoming series of presentations.
Mr. Juanito Ynañez, the Senior Citizen Federation President gave his opening message thanking for all the support coming from various sponsors within and outside Dalaguete. Ms. Condrada Tan, Chapter President of the hosting barangay introduced all the participants from their respective barangay. Hon Ronald Allan G. Cesante, the very supportive Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of Dalaguete delivered his inspiring message that warmth the cold-breeze environment of the celebration. The Municipal Mayor acknowledged the effort and legacy left by the seniors which is now we are cherishing its fruit, the fruit of hard-work and unity among individuals. Mrs. Evelyn R. Sarmago, MSWDO of the Municipality of Dalaguete is given the task to introduce the guest speaker of the event coming from Cebu Provincial Government, Ms. Marivic Racho-Garces, PSWDO, who in return gave her message as she deliberated on RA 9994 known as the Senior Citizens Act. One of our sponsors, the IPI Foundation Inc. sent their Executive Director Ms Lourdes P. Damazo. Ms Damazo representing the Foundation introduced their company and their products and at the end of her speech distributed one of their exported products to all the participants.
As the event reached its summit, Hon. Jeffrey Belciña the Municipal Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Dalaguete made his message commented on the rare presentations of the seniors that were very entertaining and happily presented. After-which the proclamation of winners as to the competition of balak, singing, and dancing. At the end of the event, the seniors made their exit while the distribution of Energen followed sponsored by the Provincial Government of Cebu.The Masters of Ceremony of the event were Ma. Lizara H. Soloriano and Mr. Semion Barrit Sr. introduced the board of judges and presentation of criteria for the contest proper. Contestants from different barangays from singing, dancing and balak category had showed their unfading talents reminiscing the classic songs and poetry of the past and most importantly our preserved tradition. The series of intermission numbers from other barangays added color to the joyous celebration of the event.