12th Samar Day unites political figures, religious, uniformed and ordinary Samarnons
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (August 13) -- In the tradition of Samar Day commemoration, Governor Milagrosa Tan was able to gather political figures, LCEs, the religious and ordinary Samarnons in a day of celebrating the 12th Samar Day event.
The day, August 11, 2008, started with a mass concelebrated by five priests from the two parishes in Catbalogan City.
It was followed by a flag-raising ceremony attended by Gov. Tan, Rep Sharee Ann Tan, Vice Governor Jesus Redaja and at least 80% of the Board Members from the first ad second districts.
The Samar mayors that included Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, himself a birthday celebrator met their fellow LCEs at the WeSamar building where the provincial government hosted a sumptuous luncheon.
Barangay folks too swarmed the capitol for a taste of a grand raffle draw where cash as high as twenty thousand pesos and goodies from rice to grocery items abound. A sofa set, mountain bikes and electric fans also were for grabs.
Rep Sharee Ann Tan distributed scholarship and livelihood skills training certificates to some 400 beneficiaries as in make up and hair styling, manicure and pedicure, fish and meat processing, motorcycle repair, health massage therapy and Auto Computer Assisted Drawing and Design (Auto-CAD).
She also gave out certificates for some 25 Botika ng Barangay (BnB) operators whose training she sponsored. With Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Teogenes Baluma, she also distributed boxes of medicines worth P25,000.00 each for sale to barangay folks.
A week earlier, nightly concerts, medical-dental missions, cataract operations, supplemental feeding and Gov Tan's unstoppable rice giving has stirred this capital town into a frenzy of activities.
On august 11, the grand parade and float competition drew out a mammoth crowd which stayed on despite the power outage and the heavy rains that prevailed in the afternoon.
Winners to the Mutya han Samar quest paraded in grandeur in the major thoroughfares of the city of the Samar capital.
Although, the elder Tan was unable to deliver her Samar Day message, Rep Tan summarized her mom's sentiments which said that her mom is very happy that this 12th Samar has brought all the forces of Samar together to mark a historic event and conjure plan out for the development of the province. (PIA-Samar) [top]