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Senator Bam Aquino admires Bulacan for its rich culture and artistry
By: PPAO
Monday, 08 September 2014
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SINGKABAN FEVER IS ON. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV lead the flying of balloons that signifies the formal opening of Singkaban Festival 2014 this morning in front of the Provincial Capitol building. Also in the photo are (L-R) First District Board Members Therese Cheryll Ople and Michael Fermin, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses and Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – “Dito sa Bulacan, number one ang ating kasaysayan, ang ating kultura, ang ating mga produkto. Dito ko nakita sa Bulacan ang pagpupugay, pagmamahal sa ating kasaysayan, sa ating wika at ang pagmamahal at pagtanaw sa ating pinanggalingan at sa ating paroroonan.”

This was the statement of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV in the opening ceremony of the celebration of Singkaban Festival 2014 that showcases the best of the arts and culture of the province held in front of the Provincial Capitol building this morning.

Senator Aquino, as the guest of honor on the opening ceremony, also encouraged other cities and provinces to replicate the outlook of Bulacan in preserving its diverse history and for the solid patronization of the Bulakenyos to their local product and services.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said this year’s celebration highlights the rich cultural legacies of the province and that anchored on the theme “Arkong Kawayan Sagisag ng Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan,” which will define what is Bulacan today.

“Sa pagdaan ng mga panahon, ang singkabang kawayan ang nagbabadya sa buong daigdig ng antas ng kamalayan at kaunlaran na ating narating bilang isang sambayanan sa larangan ng pulitika, ekonomiya, kultura na pinanday at hinubog sa apoy ng pakikibaka para sa ating kadakilaan. Ititindig natin ang singkabang kawayan na mas matatag pa sa anumang bakal na sumasalamin sa ating selebrasyon ng Singkaban Festival 2014,” the governor said.

After the short program, the weeklong celebration started with the “Parada ng Karosa at Kasaysayan,” a parade of government and corporate floats that feature the traditional arts of Bulacan with a touch of modern technology and a street play of the history of the province.

Moreover, the governor together with Senator Aquino and other provincial officials, opened different weeklong exhibits and trade fairs in the capitol compound including the Dakilang Bulakenyo at Lakan Sining Exhibits that showcases the life and contribution of Apolinario Mabini and his connection with the Bulakenyo heroes.

They also re-launched the Expanded Bulacan Pasalubong Center and Regional Trade Fair to draw the attention of the public on the services they offer.
Many people also visited the Bulacan Food Fair and Exposition (BUFFEX) that offers food sampling, on-the-spot cooking demo and other cooking competitions and the Sining sa Hardin which shows performances of Bulakenyo artists including the Hiyas ng Bulacan Brass Band.

Prior to this, the Provincial Government of Bulacan also conducted opening programs per district in different malls in the province to increase the awareness and participation of Bulakenyos about the annual festivity.

“Ititindig natin ang matibay na singkabang kawayan sa pamamagitan nang pagmamalaki sa nakaraan at pagpapahalaga sa kasalukuyan. Bayaang ang diwa ng Singkabakan ay manatiling buhay at umiiral sa ating mga puso’t- isipan ngayon, bukas at magpakailan man,” the governor ended.###

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