South Cotabato is all set  for the Tnalak Festival

  • July 10, 2017

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 10 (PIA) --  It’s all systems  go for  South Cotabato’s   18th Tnalak Festival and 51st Foundation Anniversary on  July 12 to 18.


South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance  Fuentes said  the  annual celebration is pushing through despite threats  in view of the ongoing atrocities in  Marawi City and the imposition of  martial law in Mindanao.


“We know that it’s a great risk going forward  with the Tnalak  celebration but we deemed it necessary to do this. We also think that is an affirmation that, as much as possible, we want to live normal lives.  We don’t want to be dictated by those who threaten our peace and the stability of our province and the country,” Gov. Fuentes said


Pushing through with the annual celebration, she said,  was backed by recommendations from the  security and intelligence  forces.


“Tnalak  Festival has been a part of the culture and traditions of the South Cotabateños, something that we cannot simply do away with,” she added.


The 18th Tnalak  Festival  will open  in the afternoon of  July 12 (Wednesday) with an interfaith thanksgiving ceremony at the  South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center and  the ceremonial tree-lighting, releasing of  fire balloons, and fireworks display.


This will also signal the opening of  the Tnalak Strip, the Tnalak Food Garden, Agri-Fair,  Bahay Kubo,  Plants and Products Display and Expo 2017. All these are located  along  Alunan  Avenue  from the ProTech Center to the Christ the King Cathedral.


Popular Tnalak events  include  LGBT  Freedom Night  on July 13, Mindanao-wide All Star Cheerdance Competition (July 14), Motocross at Car Show (July 15-16)  T’nalak Fun Run  at Musical Pop Solo Voice Competition  (July 15),  Mutya ng South Cotabato (July 16),  HipHop Mega Crew Competition, ADUSAY (Awit, Dula, Sayaw)  and Governor’s Tnalak Charity Ball (July 17) and Tnalak Festival Tri-People Grand Parade and street dancing competitions and Foundation Anniversary  program (July 18).


Entry to these  venues and events  are  free but the “no ID, no entry” rule  will strictly be enforced.  Bringing of  large bags and backpacks is discouraged.


All events  will  end at 11:00 p.m. in accordance with the imposition of curfew hours in Koronadal City.


Senator Sonny Angara has already  confirmed his attendance as  speaker and guest of honor on the opening program on July 13.   Senate President  Koko Pimentel   and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are also expected to grace the anniversary on July 18.


July 18  is holiday in South Cotabato  for the celebration of Tnalak  Festival  by virtue of Republic Act 9654. (DEDoguiles)





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