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PIA Press Release
2008/08/29

PGMA to grace 37th Quirino Day

Cabarroguis, Quirino (29 August) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the guest of honor and speaker at the Quirino day celebration on September 8-10, 2008 marking the 37th founding anniversary of the province.

Gov. Dakila Carlo E. Cua, said the President is expected to arrive on September 9 for the cabinet meeting and the Search for Miss Quirino in the evening.

President Arroyo is also scheduled to inaugurate the Addalam Dam Project in Aglipay, San Agustin and Abbag Bridge in Maddela.

Dubbed as Panagdadapun, this year's celebration will center on the theme "I Love Quirino" which symbolizes the passion of the present leadership to uplift the living condition of every Quirinian and make Quirino as the next tourism and investment hub in the country.

Panagdadapun, an Ilocano term meaning assembly, has been institutionalized as festival name for Quirino's founding anniversary. It showcases the unique culture, convergence of all tribes and colorful history of the province.

The festival will start on Sept 8 with a thanksgiving mass, opening of the agro-industrial trade fair, awarding livelihood and SPES checks, Jobs Fair, Q-LIFE video documentary, inauguration of the Quirino Provincial Hospital extension and ribbon-cutting of the Capitol Nipa Huts.

Basketball enthusiasts are also invited to the launching of the 2nd Governor's Cup at 1:00 pm, and witness the first game to be played by their favorite teams.

The three-day affair is also expected to draw crowds of spectators from other places with the much-anticipated Search for Quirino Popstar, street dancing, motocross, shootfest, tennis, cycling, laro ng lahi and enduro trail competition to be held in different venues identified by the organizers.

On the second day, there will be a tree planting, alay-lakad, skills demonstration, agro-industrial trade fair. In the evening, six young ladies will be competing for the 2008 Miss Quirino crown.

The province will also host the Joint Regional Development Council, Regional Peace and Order Council meetings and mining forum at the CFFQI Training here.

The final day of the festival will feature the street dancing, marching band competition anniversary parade, program and skydiving.

The Biggest Fossilized Flower project will be launched in line with Quirino's goal to be in the Guinness Book of World Record as the province with the biggest fossilized flower.

Fossilized flowers are one of the handicrafts of the province made from different leaves such as butterfly, guayabano, and others which are carefully processed with caustic soda and hydrogen peroxide. (PIA Quirino) [top]

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