Tagum City— High Spirited. Joyous. Proud.
These are the words that explain how the 5-in-1 Celebration of the city left the Tagumenyos after the two weeks of merriment which started last February 21 to March 7 which prided the many monikers of Tagum especially being the City of People and the Music Capital of the South.
Like in the last three years of holding this grandiose festivity, the 5-in-1 celebration consisted of the Musikahan Festival, Tagumenyo Bisa’g-Asa, Araw ng Tagum, the State of the City Address, and the City Hall Anniversary.
6,000 musically inclined Tagumenyos brought the house in the state of euphoria with their angelic voices and beatific music in the Grand Musical Showcase which heralded the unity and pride of every Tagumenyo people during the grand opening ceremonies last February 27 which gathered a crowd of more or less 2,500.
Considered as the Mother Festival of all festivals in Tagum, Musikahan Festival is vibrant as ever with its eight activities which harnessed friendly competition among participants coming from the three major islands of the Philippines; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Tunog Tagum, Tunog Tagumpay; Battle of the Bands which promotes the Tagum’s unique music run from February 21 to 24 at JS Gaisano for its elimination round congregated 34 bands which were cut into 10 finalists and battled for the best among the best band in Tagum last February 28 at GMall of Tagum.
The heats up in crescendo as the Republika ng TM brought Rocksteddy a renowned band in the country and Patrick Quiroz in Tagum to perform last March 1 at the City Hall Grounds which attended by 7,500 individuals. On the same date, Rondal-Awit Plucked Strings Competition was also held at Robinsons Place of Tagum participated by nine groups in two categories with total members of 175 performers.
Merrymaking was not the only objective of this activity for the Tagumenyo Bisa’g-Asa (TBA), a group of Tagumenyos who are working and living abroad, conducted a job fair to help our jobless Tagumenyos land a job still in March 1 and as of the record 792 aspiring applicants walked in and 53 among them were hired on the spot by 32 employers. They also launched the TBA scholarship program as their effort on reaching out for Tagumenyo youth achieve their aspirations, during the TBA :Pag-abi-abi last March 2.
Other Musikahan Festival Activities which painted color and melody in the streets of Tagum were Barangay Musikahan (Rural and Urban), Himig Handog Choral Competition, Marching Band and DBLC Street Parade Competition, Avenida Musika: Symphonic Serenata, Kasikas sa Tagum: Drum, Bugle & Lyre Corps, Drumline Competition (Junior and Open), and Brass Band Showdown which assembled an accumulated mob of 13,855.
March 7 marked the highlight of the celebration, the hosting Araw ng Tagum which was started by a parade of a conglomerate of Tagumenyos coming from the different sectors of society.
A mammoth crowd which approximately numbered to 27,000 from all walks of life participated in the parade which is spread-eagled thoroughly in Tagum’s major ways.
In the afternoon, the local chief executive, Mayor Allan L. Rellon, prided his brainchild developmental program dubbed as EAGLE WINGS and its achievement during his 6th State of the City Address. He also presented the future plans for Tagum which will amplify the city’s economy and cityscape such as the Tagum Stadium and Tagum Airport which will be located at Madaum.
On another vein, Proud Tagumenyo spirit resurged once again in the launching of the Kagikan book which traced up the rich history of Tagum; the basis of its name and the origin of its original settler after 102 years of residing in the hazy and dark side of history after the LCE’s report. But prior to this event, a Kagikan Colloquium was held at the Robinsons Place Tagum last March 5 which was keynoted by the highly-esteemed Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua, an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the City of Manila’s De La Salle University.
A grand fireworks display capped the two-week celebration last March 7 that was witnessed by almost 3,500 Tagumenyos. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with his wife, Ms. Yhora Mae Rellon and the city officials dancing to the tune of Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika by Ryan Cayabyab during the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the 5-in-1 Celebration last February 27 at the New City Hall Grounds. Leo Timogan/ CIO Tagum
The participants of the Grand Musical Showcase during the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the 5-in-1 Celebration last February 27 at the New City Hall Grounds. Leo Timogan/ CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon together with the city officials marching their way to the New City Hall during the Araw ng Tagum Parade last March 7. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum
The mammoth of crowd marching their way to the New City Hall during the Araw ng Tagum Parade last March 7. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum
Tagumenyo youth exemplified their vocal prowess during the Himig Handog Choral Competition at the Big 8 Hotel last March 4. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum
Teddy Corpuz of the famous band Rocksteddy performing for Tagumenyos during the Globe Events last March 1 at the New City Hall Grounds. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum
The participants of the Barangay Musikahan, both Rural and Urban Categories, performing at their best to win the competition as part of the Musikahan Festival last March 3 and 4 at the New City Hall Atrium. Neil Alvin Macla/CIO Tagum
The participants of Brass Band Showdown marching to their rhythm as they performed last March 6 at the New City Hall Atrium. Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum
Merry making was not the only objective of this activity for the Tagumenyo Bisa’g-Asa (TBA), a group of Tagumenyos who are working and living abroad, conducted a job fair to help our jobless Tagumenyos land a job still in March 1 at the New City Hall Atrium. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
The soloist singing her heart out together with her accompaniment during the Rondal-Awit Plucked Strings Competition at the Robinsons Place Tagum last March 1. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum