Tagum City – Validating its claim as the City of Festivals, the local government of Tagum recently enacted the Code of Festivals of the City of Tagum, which further solidified the city’s resolve to maintain its status as the Best Tourism-oriented LGU in the Philippines.
Penned by Councilor Alderson Rellon, the enactment of the City Ordinance No. 911, series of 2019 paved the way for the institutionalization of the 16 festivals which are annually celebrated in the City of Palms.
Mayor Allan L. Rellon signed the Code of Festivals which was witnessed by a throng of LGU employees and those who were at the atrium for the renewal of their business registration.
The series of festivals has already begun as Tagumenyos welcomed the new year with the celebration of the Taxpayers’ Festival. On its first year of implementation, the month-long activity seeks to keep the taxpayers of Tagum entertained by various gimmicks such as raffle draws, free snacks, music, and trade fair, among others, as they wait in line to be served in the process of renewing their business.
Among the festivals to be celebrated for the first time this year are the Love Festival which will coincide with the nationally celebrated Civil Registration Month in February, and the Handurawan Festival which is aimed at celebrating and recognizing the city’s senior citizens.
The rest of the first quarter will have music and entertainment once again taking center stage during the Tagumpay and Musikahan Festivals, while the second quarter of the year will focus on social services, human development and celebration of culture and heritage with Hugpong Serbisyo Para sa Tagumpay in April, Youth Festival in May, and Pakaradyan Festival in June.
Focusing on the marginalized and public sectors, the third quarter will see the LGU giving importance on the LGBTQ+ members, farmers and government employees through the Pride Festival on July, the UGMAD Festival in August and the Lingkod Bayani Festivals in September.
Kaimunan and Scouting Festivals in October, Children’s Festival in November, and Pasasalamat and Tagumenyo Bisa’g Asa Festivals in December, on the other hand, are the festivities waiting for Tagumenyos and visitors on the last quarter of the year.
With the institutionalization of these events, Mayor Rellon, together with the rest of the 8th city council, has high hopes for an increased tourism traffic in the city which will provide a better quality of life to the citizens as Tagum ultimately aims to be the City of People. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon signs the City Ordinance No. 911, s-2019 or the Code of Festival of the City of Tagum, institutionalizing the 16 festivals of the city that would cement the city’s moniker as the City of Festivals. Carlo Jay Abellana/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon, the 8th City Council, and the members of the Tourism Committee pose for a photo opportunity during the signing of the Code of Festival last January 13, 2020 at the city hall atrium. Carlo Jay Abellana/CIO Tagum