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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Piyesta Korona, fireworks display to cap Koronadal's 72nd anniversary

by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Jan 10 (PIA) -- Crowns will flood the streets of Koronadal City later today as street dancers from all over South Cotabato and nearby provinces display their interpretation of Piyesta Korona.

Piyesta Korona -- a mix of streetdancing and mardi gras -- along with disco sa kalye and fireworks display, culminates the five-day celebration of this city's 72nd anniversary and 12th Hinugyaw Festival.

Mayor Peter B. Miguel said, Piyesta Korona or Festival of Crowns is a move towards giving the city's festival an identity of its own.

The culmination day opened at 6:30 in the morning with a civic parade around major city streets and a drumline competition inside the South Cotabato Sports Complex where the foundation program will also be held at around 9:00 a.m.

Mayor Miguel said, they invited Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo as anniversary speaker but major security concerns in Metro Manila has prevented him to come.

In his stead, Assistant Secretary Nariman Ambolodto will address Koronadal City' residents.

Piyesta Korona will start at 5:00 in the afternoon at Gensan Drive.

As the name implies, all presentation storylines will center on crowns.

Meanwhile, the entire stretch of Alunan Avenue will also be closed to traffic for the disco sa kalye highlighted with a foam party.

Activities will end with a fireworks display at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, police authorities have assured that security measures have been laid out for today's activities.

South Cotabato Police Provincial Director P/SSupt. Randolph Delfin said Koronadal City's police force have been augmented with more than 80 police personnel from municipal police stations.

Checkpoints in and out of the city have been tightened and police visibility in activity and public convergence areas have also been increased, Delfin said.

This year's Hinugyaw Festival started on Friday with a tribute to the city's first settlers.

Homage included wreath-laying at the Martyrs' Shrine inside Koronadal Central Elementary School 1 and theatrical presentation Handurawan, which recounted the settlers' story, including their struggles against Japanese invaders.

Municipal Council Resolution No. 32 series if 1948 proclaimed January 10 of each year as the municipal town fiesta on commemoration of the foundation of the Marbel Settlement District of the National Land Settlement. (PIA 12)

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