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Aklan to stage first-ever "Concert at the Park"

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo (6 February) -- The province of Aklan will be staging its first-ever "Concert at the Park" here at the Goding Ramos Park on Saturday, February 14, Valentines Day.

Conceptualized by Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez himself, the concert, dubbed - Aklan: I Can't Stop Loving You is a free Valentine show of songs and dances to be participated by civic organizations, schools, provincial officials, provincial government departments and the local media.

Manolita "Baby" Acevedo, one of the prime movers of the activity tasked by the governor for the staging, said the concert will have a "barrio fiesta" theme and will have Valentine messages from the provincial officials - Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo, Governor Carlito S. Marquez and Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores - and presentations from schools and other groups for the first part - and dancing in the second part.

Governor Marquez said the concert is being conceptualized as another tourist attraction of the province where the Aklanons and visitors could go for wholesome entertainment and enjoyment.

"Aklan has undergone much devastation when Typhoon Frank struck more than six months ago, and the holding of the concert is one way of showing everyone that Aklan is again up on its feet. The concert is one way of showing our love to our province - that despite everything - we cannot stop loving Aklan, because this is our only province, our home," said Gov. Marquez during one of the meetings of the group organized to plan for the concert, in justifying the launching of the activity.

The concert launching on February 14 also aims to encourage other local government units to sustain or sponsor the activity which is hoped to be staged at least once a month in the venue.

Organizers are encouraging couples to spend their Valentine celebration watching the concert. According to them the first 200 couples to register will get a free surprise Valentine gift. (PIA) [top]

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