ORMOC—Mayor Richard Gomez said the city government has lined up a series of “fun-filled” activities for its June fiesta celebration.
Following this year’s theme “Tana, Maglipay ta! (Let’s go and enjoy!)”, Gomez assured visitors of a back-to-back socio-cultural and religious events in the city starting June 16, in connection with the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29.
“We’ll have two weeks of fiesta activities,” said Gomez, adding that their various events will surely bring enjoyment to the public.
The highlights of this year’s Ormoc fiesta celebration include the Parade of Lights (June 16), Piña Festival ritual showdown and street dance (June 24), Miss Ormoc (June 28), and the Pontifical Mass (June 29).
In between these highlights, Gomez said they have scheduled different sectoral activities for the business groups, government offices, balikbayan, religious sector, barangays, and entrepreneurs.
Gomez, now in his second year in office, said the city fiesta executive committee will also donate at least P100,000 to the church from the proceeds.
The executive committee, through their various chairmen, acknowledged the mayor’s plan to open the city fiesta activities to the private sector.
Most of the festivities will be held at the city plaza, the officials said in a press conference Wednesday evening.
But on June 1, the city will open its famed Ormoc Food Bazaar, featuring local and home-made products from start-ups and mainstream entrepreneurs.
Rey Evangelista, the Ormoc City sports committee chairman and former professional basketball star, said they will hold boxing and mixed martial arts bouts, fun races, Laser run, basketball tournament, and the first Ormoc Dragon Boat Mayor’s Cup organized by the Philippine Canoe and Kayak Federation, among other sports.
Parade of Lights Committee Chairwoman Anna Bumagat said for this year’s parade, they have eight official entries coming from various organizations in the city.
“The theme is all about movies. I am inviting everyone to come out, participate, bring out your lights. This is more of a family activity,” said Bumagat.
Winners of the Parade of Lights will receive P100,000 for the grand prize, P50,000 for second prize, and P30,000 for third prize. A consolation prize of P20, 000 will be given to each participating contingent, she added.
For the Miss Ormoc pageant, Gomez said they have 20 lovely candidates who will compete for this year’s title.
The winner will automatically vie for a place in the Miss World beauty pageant in Manila, Gomez added.
The pageant, under the committee chairmanship of Evangeline Chu, will have guest stars like Hashtag McCoy de Leon, Marco Gumabao, Tony Labrusca, and with KC Montero as host.
“Miss World will come to Ormoc to be one of our judges,” Gomez told reporters.
Estrella Maria Serafica-Pangilinan, who chairs the Piña Festival, said security forces will be augmented during the festivities to ensure the security and order of the visitors during the ritual showdown and street dance in the city’s main thoroughfares.
To cap the fiesta activities, the city will also stage a concert on June 29, featuring DYPH-Cebu comic duo Teban and Goliath, Naughty Notes of Davao for the band and stand-up comedy, Kid Yambao of Hashtag Kids and Pinoy band Rivermaya. On June 30, the city’s LGBT community will also stage the “Queen Hudyaka” pageant at the Ormoc Superdome.
Meanwhile, Gomez said the city government continues to prioritize the agri-production and promotion of its world-class “Queen Pineapple” variety to sustain the livelihood and increase the income of the farmers.
Resource generation committee head Stephanie Diane Chu also remained thankful to their corporate sponsors with the help of Rotary Club of Ormoc and the Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay.
Jude Abenoja, the fiesta executive chairman, lauded city officials, civic society leaders, business sector and Ormoc residents for their all-around support to the mayor for their upcoming fiesta celebration.