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25th Tinabu-ay Festival opens in Murcia

Murcia officials led by Mayor Gerry Rojas present a certificate of appreciation to Jun Santillan, president of the Canlandog Pilot Agro-Forestry Farmers Association, one of the producers groups which participate in the Tindabu-ay Farmers and Producers Trade Fair at the Murcia Plaza Covered Court.*

The 25th edition of Murcia’s Tinabu-ay Festival, dubbed “Tindabu-ay 2021” was launched last December 3.

“In spite of the pandemic, we have to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tinabu-ay Festival. Even in just this simple way, we must celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our parish and town,” said Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas during the festival’s launch and the opening of the Tindabu-ay Farmers and Producers Trade Fair at the Murcia Plaza Covered Court.

Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura, Sangguniang Bayan Members, barangay captains and departments heads also joined the activity.

Murcia’s First Lady Berni Rubin-Rojas explained that from the original term “Tinabu-ay,” the town officials modified the festival’s name to “Tindabu-ay” last year.

“Tindabu-ay is a play on the words ‘tinda’, which means ‘sell or market’ and ‘tinabu-ay’, which means ‘to meet or gather’. The Tindabu-ay Trade Fair is not merely an activity to honor our farmers, but it is also a venue to help our farmers sell their products during the pandemic. Without our farmers, all of us would not have any food to eat during the pandemic and up to now,” said Mrs. Rojas.

She also congratulated Rudy Reveche, whom she credited as the father of the Tinabu-ay Festival, for the festival’s success for the past 25 years.      

“I take this opportunity to thank our frontliners, health workers, IATF, barangay captains, kagawads and staff, volunteers, police and military, civic groups, private companies, and all the people who have supported us since the start of this pandemic, and particularly during the three-days national vaccination drive last November 29 to December 1,” Mayor Rojas further said.

“Though we fell a bit short of our target of 16,000 residents to be vaccinated in those three days, Murcia registered the highest number of persons vaccinated among all local government units in the province. Almost 40,000 Murciahanons are now vaccinated out of our about 58,000 population, and I hope we can vaccinate almost all Murciahanons by the first quarter of next year,” he pointed out.

This year’s staging of the activity is more subdued compared to those of the previous pre-pandemic celebrations. The launch started with a First Friday Mass at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, a short caravan around the town, and the opening of Tindabu-ay Trade Fair, which runs until December 19. 

On the night of December 3, Mayor Rojas and other town officials led the switch-on ceremony for the Christmas lights at the public plaza and the municipal building. The town also hosted the 1st Mayor Gerry Rojas Mursikleta (Murcia Bisekleta) Fun Ride last December 4, in line with its reputation as the acknowledged prime bikers’ destination, as well as the gateway to bikers’ adventures.

Other activities include the Pintabu-ay Contest on December 6, and during the day of the fiesta on December 8, there will be the “Karera de Sintas” and the Tinabu-ay Festival 25th Anniversary Documentary presentation, which will be virtually presented thru the “Mayor Gerry M. Rojas” Facebook Page.*

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