GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Aug 8 (PIA)----- City Mayor Ronnel Rivera here will join the rest of the country in the Landmark Lighting celebrating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN as he will stage his own version in front of the City Hall early hour tonight.
Instead of going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila where the main event will be taking place, Mayor Rivera directed the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO) to lead in the preparation of the local celebration.
As of Monday, the landmark 6-feet lantern bearing the ASEAN logo has been installed and awaiting the right moment to be lit.
Aside from Gensan and the main event at the CCP, at least 75 local government units (LGUs) all over the country have also confirmed to participate and conduct their own staging of the event.
CEMCDO representative Lessa Barcelona said participants to the celebration will be at the City Hall front by 5:30 p.m for the short program in preparation for the simultaneuos landmark lighting.
The General Santos City Performing Arts Company, Choir Division will also be singing the ASEAN Hymn while the Dance Division will perform an interpretive dance.
Meanwhile, Atty. Rochelle Mahinay-Sero, city director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Gensan is set to present the rationale of the event.
Participants will also get to hear a message from Mayor Rivera, CEMCDO told PIA.
Aside from the mayor and other local and national government officials, expected at the scene are Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and South Cotabato Fist District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr.
According to DILG, participating LGUs have the option to keep the ASEAN Lantern lighted even after the celebration has ended or they may do so throughout the country's hosting of ASEAN.
The Philippines holds this year’s chairmanship of ASEAN, hosting over a hundred meetings in different cities and provinces in the country for leaders, ministers, and representatives of the ASEAN’s Technical Working Groups.
Established on August 8, 1967, ASEAN is comprised of 10 countries, namely Bruenei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (CT Apelacio/PIA 12 Sarangani-General Santos City)