Himamaylan to celebrate
Himaya Festival March 25-31
Himamaylan will celebrate the first-ever “Himaya Festival”, from March 25-31, following the passage of an ordinance restoring and renaming the city’s official fiesta celebration, its press release said.
City Ordinance 2020-01, sponsored by Councilor Janet Villafranca, restored March 31st as the fiesta date, in commemoration of the charter anniversary of the city. The measure was passed unanimously by the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday and approved by Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. on the same day.
“Himaya Festival is celebrated in thanksgiving for the gift of Cityhood and the prosperity and progress that comes with it,” Tongson said.
Himaya Festival will integrate, for the first time, the rich history of Himamaylan and the strategic reef-to-ridge geography of one of the oldest settlements in Negros Island, the press release said.
Among the featured events will be a Mardi Gras-inspired float parade, the lively beats of Patik Kawayan or percussion instruments made out of local bamboo varieties, and the first-ever Shellfish Festival to highlight the bounty of coastal resources and the thrust for sustainable development.
The Municipality of Himamaylan was converted into a City on March 31, 2001 following the signing of Republic Act 9028, by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that was ratified through a plebiscite supported by 98 percent of voters, the press release added.*
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