Bulawan Festival to retain festive mood, not politics
by JMD Abangan
Davao City (27 February) -- Compostela Provincial Governor Arturo T. Uy assured the public that this year's Bulawan Festival won't turn out to be a political campaign gala with the presence of national election candidates.
Guesting in Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency), Uy said he would not hesitate to call down off stage political candidates who would dare use the event as an avenue to assault their political opponents.
"We are inviting them para makilala sila ng aming mga constituents, to share their political platform," he said.
Board member Ma. Carmen Zamora-Apsay in the same forum said assured that the Bulawan Festival this year would still be on a festive mood and would not be politicized.
"It would just an opportunity for them to greet our people," she said referring to invited national election candidates.
This year's Bulawan Festival is the 3rd run, after it was changed from the Anibina Festival. It falls on the celebration of the 12th founding anniversary of Compostela Valley province.
Candidates invited to grace this year's Bulawan Festival include senators Loren Legarda, Miguel Zubiri, Manuel "Manny" Villar, Manuel "Mar" Roxas, Ralph Recto, Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Manuel "Lito" Lapid, Atty. Gilbert Teodoro, Atty. Franklin Drilon, and Congressman BongBong Marcos.
Uy said, the provincial government has set guidelines for national political candidates to observe once they take the stage to address the people of Compostela Valley.
"They should not attack other candidates. They will only have to let the people who they are and what is their platform of governance," he said.
Meanwhile, Apsay said that the event holds the participation and support of all local government units of Compostela Valley as sectors which have been mobilized for the event have set aside their political affinity.
She said the unity of local political leaders has done well in ensuring aspired success of any event that the provincial government is working on, especially the Bulawan Festival (PIA XI) [top]