Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More than 12,000 to join Iloilo City's 74th Charter Day Parade

Iloilo City on the Rise
ILOILO CITY, Aug. 23 (PNA) – More than 12,000 participants from the City Hall, national government agencies (NGAs), schools, non-government organizations (NGOs), barangays and festival contingents are expected to join the grand civic parade here to highlight this city’s 74th Charter Day on Aug. 25.

“We are enjoining everyone to celebrate our Charter Day. This is part of our identity and pride as Ilonggos,” said Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.

Administrative officer Armand Dicen of the City Tourism and Development Office, who oversees the parade preparation, said thousands will join the activity

The biggest number of participants will come from the city government and schools, which will combine almost 10,000 people, he said.

Road closures will start at 6 a.m. to 12 noon from La Paz plaza fronting La Paz Maternity Center, Burgos St. to Huervana St. when facing towards Gaisano City to Bonifacio Drive, passing Forbes Bridge up to Iloilo Provincial Capitol to F. Caram Avenue to Iznart St. facing Plazoleta Gay to JM Basa St. up to Freedom Grandstand.

Mabilog, Cong. Jerry P. Treñas and city councilors will lead the parade from La Paz district plaza starting 7 a.m.

Participants from NGAs will assemble at Mabini St., La Paz; NGOs and school delegates at Treñas Boulevard (beside Gaisano City); and barangay groups and festival performers at the Promenade near Drilon Bridge.

Adding color to the parade are various drum and bugle corps from city public and private schools, and performances of festival groups representing Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta during the program at Freedom Grandstand.

Mabilog institutionalized the Charter Day celebration when he became mayor last year.

Iloilo, as a chartered city, was formally inaugurated on Aug. 25, 1937 after the surrounding municipalities of La Paz, Mandurriao, Molo and Arevalo were merged with the progressive town of Iloilo on July 16, 1937, by virtue of Commonwealth Act No.158.


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