North Cotabato will be reverting to the festival name “Kalivungan” in celebrating its foundation anniversary starting this year.
The province, which will be commemorating its 97th year starting August 26 to September 1 this year, has used the Hiligaynon term “Hinugyaw” which means boisterous merrymaking in celebrating its founding anniversary since 1999.
With today’s approval of the Proposed Resolution No. 171-2011 during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s 50th Regular Session, Kalivungan will be the province’s official festival name again.
The term Kalivungan, which is a Menuvu term for “gathering” and connotes festivity has been used by the province during the term of Governor Carlos B. Cajelo in 1974 with the term spelled as “Kalibongan” instead of Kalivungan.
Through the resolution which was sponsored by Hon. Onofre L. Respicio, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the term will be revived as North Cotabato’s festival name using the correct and exact term, Kalivungan.
According to Board Member Aireen Claire Pagal, who represented Vice Governor Gregorio Ipong in yesterday’s flag raising ceremony of the provincial government, this move led by Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza is the provincial leadership’s way of paying tribute to North Cotabato’s early settlers, the Manobos, who tilled the province’s land and helped the province become one of the leading agricultural provinces in Central Mindanao.
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