Tri-event to set festive May mood in Tagum
by Jeane Duron-Abangan
Tagum City (6 May) -- Aside from the national and local elections, three more events are expected to bring about excitement in Tagum this month.
The Tagum City Tourism Council launched on Tuesday (May 4, 2010) the Summer Trio event featuring the Mindanao Invitational Football Premiere Cup, Summer Sports Festival and Flores de Tagumeņos.
Tagum City Tourism Council President Alma Uy expected the tri-event to boost the city's tourism industry as it would bring in crowd from various parts of Mindanao.
For the first time, the city will host the Mindanao Football Invitational Premiere Cup which is expected to heat up this summer's sports season once it opens on May 28 at the Energy Park of Apokon this city. This will culminate on May 30.
The football cup offers a fresh approach to youth development that incorporates best practices of football games wherein youth and children's learning is given top priority.
Davao del Norte Football Association Chair Renato Cosmod said that aside from the home-based players (in Tagum and Davao del Norte), participants are coming from Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Davao City, Agusan del Norte and Mlang.
Other sports games have been lined up to beat during the Summer Sports Festival. The games include dama, basketball, karatedo, circuit racing, dart, football, lawn tennis, softball, badminton, sepak takraw, beach volleyball, taekwando, chess, arnis, bowling and cycling circuit race.
The sports fest which would run from May 15-23 is a joint effort of the City Government and the City Tourism Council in the promotion of wellness, self-discipline and teamwork.
"Harnessing human potentials through sports is one of the strategies for development," Uy stressed.
Meanwhile, the Flores de Tagumeņo 2010 is seen to give a touch of beauty and color alongside with the essence of vitality of sports events.
The Flores de Tagumeņo will also be made more colorful and meaningful this year as the event will showcase Tagum ladies who can vouch beauty, wit and value. The event aims to revive the traditional Filipino Roman Catholic religion and historical month-long festivity.
One highlight of the Flores de Tagumeņo is the holding of the Santacruzan de Tagumeņo that aspires to present beauty beyond skin deep which the organizers would like to uphold in choosing this year's composition of the Sagala.
In a press conference, Santacruzan de Tagumeno event coordinator Florencia Carlo Domingo said that ladies who will compose the Santa Cruzan sagala ensemble will undergo a thorough screening that looks into the family background and virtues of would-be sagala members, not just their physical beauty.
Preferred sagala members are those favorably recommended by the Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) leaders who can attest to the aspirants' good moral standing.
"It would be a tedious screening of sagala members. We have to look at their background and they should be coming from Tagum," Domingo said.
Now that the private sector has done away with beauty pageants, Domingo said the Santacruzan de Tagumeņo seeks to promote good moral values of Tagum women.
"Di na kailangang magpakita pa na laman upang sumikat," he said.
The Santacruzan de Tagumeņo is a Catholic event but Domingo made it clear that non-Catholic ladies may have the chance to join as sagala members by signifying their interests with GKK leaders whom they can ask for recommendation.
The Santacruzan de Tagumeņo 2010 runs from May 6 to May 30, rolling out various activities at the GKK level where series of Flores de Maria will be done.
Capping the month-long revelry, the Santacruzan this year will feature a contingent of 100 angels that will walk along with the 25 sagala members representing Methuselah, Reina Banderada, Aetas, Reina Mora, Reina Fe, Reina Esperanza, Reina Caridad, Reina, Abogada, Reina Sentenciada, Reina Justicia, Reina Judith, Reina Sheba, Reina Esther, Samaritana, Veronica, the Tres Marias. (PIA XI with reports from CIO TAGUM) [top]