Monday, May 16, 2011

All Systems go for Sinadya sa Suba 2011

Iloilo River @ Daytime
By Lilibeth A. French
IT is all systems go for the first Sinadya sa Suba here in Iloilo City May 20 – 21, 2011.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said Sinadya sa Suba is an environmental advocacy program not only of the city government but of all Ilonggos through their active support and cooperation.

He said the program is at no cost to the city as the fund for it was raised by the private sector to ensure its success and is a public-private partnership endeavor.
Sinadya sa Suba intends to raise the level of awareness and participation of the public in the rehabilitation efforts geared towards the protection and preservation of the Iloilo River which according to Mabilog is a good source of livelihood and the promotion of tourism.

It will be recalled that Iloilo City is a recipient of a gold award under the Environmentally Sustainable Project Awards of the International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) in 2010 for its Iloilo River Development Project.

The two-day Sinadya sa Suba will kick off with a food festival in the afternoon of May 20 at 3pm in two separate venues – the Promenade in LaPaz Area and Treñas Boulevard in Mandurriao district here.

Iloilo River at Night
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will lead the opening program of the food festival at the Promenade which will be followed by the ABC LaPaz Barangay Night as LaPaz District is also celebrating its annual fiesta.

On the other hand, Rep. Jerry Treñas will give the message at the opening program of the food festival at the Treñas Boulevard which will be followed by an event sponsored by ABS-CBN and M.O.R.

At 7pm, there will be a Konsyerto sa Suba in both venues. Four bands will perform in each venue playing reggae, alternative and other varieties of music. They were also requested to play environmental songs during their two-day gigs.

Bands to perform at the Promenade are Bahag Hari, Tribu ni Mali, Tunog Amakan and Dos Band while at the Treñas Boulevard these are the Kuwatro Kantos, Joscko, Katu Kamos and Alallie.

Also, Ilonggo visual artists who wanted to share their talents in the preservation of the Iloilo River will hold an actual on-site mural paintings at the two venues starting at 2pm on May 20.

A Holy Mass will formally open the event on May 21 to be followed by a ceremony at the Trenas Boulevard near the Carpenter Bridge where Mabilog will officially declare the Sinadya sa Suba open. This will also signal the start of other activities such as Pamukaw sa Suba, Tipon Basura Community Mobilization, Rescue-Lympics and Waswas Pamunit.

Pamukaw sa Suba will showcase the performances of Dinagyang prides Tribu Pan-ay, Tribu Paghida-et and Tribu Pantat and Tipon Basura is a clean-up activity of the Iloilo River. On the other hand, the Rescue-Lympics is a showcase of different rescue groups and disaster preparedness and rescue capacity skills while Waswas Pamunit is an inland angling competition.

A people’s conference for Iloilo River Development and Protection is also set for the day starting at 10:30 AM at the Promenade Area. Other activities include Pinta-tawo and Super Bodies and a special performance from Sinamba sa Regatta Grand Champion.

Mabilog said he is looking forward that the Sinadya sa Suba will be institutionalized and will become an annual festival of Iloilo City which will be scheduled every second quarter of the year.

He said May is the best time to hold the Sinadya sa Suba when the waves and the seas are calm considering that the Iloilo River is an arm of the sea.

Dinagyang festival, Candelaria or the Jaro Fiesta, Chinese New Year and the Paraw Regatta are held during the first quarter, Sinadya sa Suba on the second quarter, Charter Day on the third quarter and the Lighting of Christmas Lanterns and the New Year countdown on the fourth quarter of the year. 



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