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)