CANDAHUG, Palo, Leyte, Aug 11 (PIA) – The municipality of Palo joined on Tuesday in the nationwide simultaneous ASEAN Landmark Lighting of lanterns marking the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN).
Despite the heat of the sun and the risk of being sick due to high degree of temperature, local officials, academe, students and other sectors converged at the town’s public plaza for the walk for peace in commemoration of the anniversary.
It was Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla who led the walk for peace at 3:30 in the afternoon from the town’s center to the historic MacArthur Landing National Memorial Park where the landmark lighting ceremonies was conducted at 7 o’clock in the evening. The lantern was placed at the historic MacArthur Landing National Memorial Park located in Barangay Candahug.
In her short message, Mayor Petilla emphasized the significance of the celebration which is unity, partnership and helping one another between ASEAN countries.
“Let the meaning of the event tonight stay in our hearts not just now but as always,” Mayor Petilla said.
Other activities held in said park were the ritual presentations of three festivals in Leyte, singing of the ASEAN anthem, Leyte Oriental fire dance presentation, grand fireworks display and a mini concert at the park performed by local talents.
Local officials in Leyte led by Leyte governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, DILG regional director Marivel Sacendoncillo, Ms. Roxanne Boltes of the Department of Foreign Affairs, some mayors in Leyte, schools, barangay officials, some residents in said municipality and the private sector also joined the commemoration activities at the park.(ajc/cba/PIA8)