March 27, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Employees from local and national agencies and uniformed personnel participated in the blood-letting that concluded this year’s Kalinga Day and Bodong Festival celebrations.
Dubbed “Lumin-Awa Blood Donation Drive,” the event was spearheaded by Gov. James S. Edduba who celebrated his 58th birthday. It also marked the 16th anniversary of his blood donation drive.  
The provincial government reported 170 blood units were collected from the activity. The blood is stored at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital Laboratory, City Health Laboratory, and Philippine Red Cross-Kalinga.
The governor’s advocacy for voluntary blood donation started in 2008 stemming from his experience with a nephew who was in dire need of blood due to dengue.
He has since celebrated his birthday by donating blood to augment blood supply in the province.
He said blood donation saves lives while benefitting the donors in their emotional and physical health.
Edduba extended appreciation and acknowledgement to those who contributed to the success of the province’s 28th founding anniversary and 4th Bodong Festival from Feb. 6 to 20. 
He highlighted the extraordinary performance of the i-Kalinga that put the province to the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Gong Ensemble and Largest Pot Dance.
“Without your valued support we would have not reached our aims in this celebration,” he said.
“Let the title and pride we gained as a province in this celebration be our heritage to the next generation that they, too, would march for Lumin-awa Kalinga,” Edduba said. – Larry Lopez