April 20, 2024

The town of Tublay, Benguet is inviting the public to the highlight of its 123rd foundation anniversary celebration on Nov. 22. 

Mayor Armando Lauro shared it was in November 1900 when the municipality was established organized by the American government under Act 48.

Lauro said there will be a motorcade starting from Barangay Tublay Central, which is then the seat of government, where the local officials will pass down the torch to the next barangay until it reaches the municipal hall in Caponga.

“The act of passing the torch symbolizes the legacy of empowering the next leaders of Tublay,” Lauro said.

He said the foundation anniversary’s theme, “Am-am ni i-Tublay: Tahal ni i-Tublay i nanshighan,” means to gather all the best practices of Tublay, including culture and values passed down from generations.

The municipality has started to carry the tagline, “Siged Tublay”. Siged is an Ibaloy term which means to feel the best in the municipality and it is also an acronym meaning “Sustainability, Innovative, Genuine, Empowerment, and Development” for Tublay.

The municipal council would soon be crafting an ordinance that will institutionalize the town’s tagline for years to come.

The town boasts of natural sites and local talents, such as political figures and talented and skilled individuals in various arenas of life. 

This year’s lineup of activities for the celebration includes various forums, technical caravan, agri-eco-tourism trade fair, and tournaments.

The Siged Festival will also be launched on Nov. 22 with the main program and celebration at the municipal gymnasium after the torch parade.

Traditional rituals will follow and the main activity to be graced by Rep. Eric Yap.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. issued Proclamation 375 declaring Nov. 22, 2023 as a special non-working day in the municipality of Tublay to give full opportunity for the people of Tublay to participate in the occasion and enjoy the celebration.

As the celebration coincides with November as National Children’s Month, some of the core activities are focused on promoting the welfare of children.

Poster marking contest and children’s spelling bee will be conducted on Nov. 29 while the agri-eco tourism trade fair  will open on Nov. 28, as well as the kick-off of the campaign to end violence against women and children.

Other activities are regional darts competition on Dec. 1 to 3, youth development session on Dec. 2, the search for Reyna ang Kape 2023 on Dec. 4, and soft launching of the Aduyon agriculturation project and information on seed saving program on Dec. 5.

Closing ceremonies will be on Dec. 6, which also will be the Officials’ and Employees’ Day. – Ofelia C. Empian