"Sinadya sa Halaran" preparations off to a start
ROXAS CITY (13 September) -- Preparations for the 2007 Sinadya sa Halaran, Capiz's premier tourism-oriented religious and cultural festival, have gone off to a start.
The city government headed by City Mayor Vicente Bermejo, fired off the opening salvo for the preparations by convening Sept. 5 the different working committees to lay down the activities for this year's celebration.
City Tourism Officer Rodolfo Maestro, Jr., who presided over the initial meeting held at the City Hall Seminar Room, said the major highlights of the celebration which will involve the city are the thanksgiving mass, opening program, agro-fisheries fair, simultaneous switch-on of lights and floaters, and food festival on the first day, the coronasyon of the fiesta queen on the second day, prosesyon sang barangay sang birhen, misa sa plaza, prosesyon sa suba, and fireworks display on the third day, and the grand parade and artista sa plaza on the last day.
The provincial government headed by Governor Victor Tanco, Sr. is expected to draw up the highlights of its participation in the festival which fused the Sinadya fiesta celebration of the city and decades-old Halaran of the province.
The centuries-old city fiesta is in honor of the Patroness of the Capiceños, the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Halaran is a cultural festivity that depicts the Capiceños' way of life and their innate traditions of sharing and thanksgiving of Capiz's abundant aqua-marine and agricultural resources.
The strategic plans of the province and city have identified tourism as one of their development thrusts. These jive with the current program of President Arroyo to develop the Super Regions wherein Central Philippines comprising Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8 has been designated as the country's tourism belt.
The province and city also have adopted initiatives to develop the aqua-marine and agricultural sectors to boost and sustain production to ensure ample food supply and increase farmers' income.
This year, the Parish of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception here is marking its 300th year anniversary. Established in the 18th century, the parish became an important community after the Spaniards settled in Capiz, making it their second settlement after Cebu. (PIA) [top]