TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong’ R. Marcos, Jr. will be the province’s guest of honor and speaker during the celebration of the 21st edition of the Ullalim festival scheduled on February 14-18, 2016.
Senator Marcos will be gracing the opening day activities on Valentines’ Day as the guest of honor and speaker with the day starting with the ringing of church bless followed by the thanksgiving mass at the Kalinga Sports Center.
On February 15, the day will be dedicated to farmers and cooperatives where their program will be graced by Undersecretary Rosalina Bestoyong of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) which will be followed by the ribbon cutting and the subsequent opening of the agro, skills and job fairs and Kto 12 information kiosk all to be done within the provincial capitol compound.
Organizers declared February 16, 2016 as Schools Day wherein it will start with the prestigious Ullalim streetdance competition and schools parade with John M. Castaneda, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) in the Cordillera, as guest of honor and speaker.
In the afternoon of February 16, 2016, Kalinga will be hosting the first quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera while participating elementary schools will be participating in the drum and lyre competition at the Kalinga Sports Center.
February 17 was dedicated as Municipalities and City Day wherein all municipalities and the lone city will be featuring their respective cultural performances to be graced by Pasig City 1st district Rep. Roman Romulo which will be followed by the Ámong din Bodong (Digdigan din Tadok kan Salidsid),’at the Kalinga Sorts Center.
ON February 18, various sectors in the province will be joining the grand civic parade with the former and incumbent elected officials attending the special rites slated for the said activity.
Participating secondary schools will be featuring their respective pieces during the scheduled Secondary Drum and Lyre Marching Band Competition at the Kalinga Sports Complex
Both the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao celebrate their founding anniversaries every February 14 considering that it was the date when Republic Act (RA) 7878 or the law that divided Kalinga-Apayao into two provinces was signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos
For this year, Apayao will not celebrate its founding anniversary because the province is still grieving from the untimely demise of the father of the separation of the two provinces former Apayao Rep. and Gov. and Calanasan Mayor Ealias K. Bulut, Sr..
By Dexter A. See