1st MKNP Festival 2017 a Great Success
“This is the first historical gathering to give tribute to Mt. Kanla-on, which is not only a legendary place but most of all as Eco-Tourism Park that serves as a fortress of bio-diversity and tourism prospects in Negros Island.”
Barangay Ara-al Pasalamat Festival Dancers and the Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School students present “The Legend of Mt. Kanla-on” drama presentation during the 1st Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Festival 2017 at Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al, La Carlota City.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
This is La Carlota City Mayor Luis Jacky D. Jalandoni’s message during the 1st Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park (MKNP) Festival 2017 “Halad kay Kang-Laon” grand opening ceremonies. Participants include cities of San Carlos, Canlaon, Bago and La Carlota as host city; and municipalities of Murcia and La Castellana.
The activities were held in Sitio Guintubdan, Barangay Ara-al, La Carlota City last Friday, August 11, with the theme “Pag-amlig sa dunang manggad para sa kaayuhan sang katawhan.”
Mayor Jalandoni added that, “The Festival can echo the sound of our advocacy to protect the environment in the form of songs and dances, paintings and brilliant words coming from people who mastered the work of environment. We feel the sense of belonging to this ecological territory to move forward with our cause to preserve this mountain just as it protects us.”
Livino B. Duran of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Negros Island Region (NIR) also stressed that “We have made a national and global landmark. August 11 is a history because R.A. 9154 was passed into Law declaring Mt. Kanla-on a Natural Park. Even if there is no more NIR, still this will remain a major history. A strong intervention and cooperation of all LGUs with their responsibilities to continue the advocacy program and projects will promote the advance conservation and development of the Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park.”
Meanwhile, Concordio Remoroza, Ph. D. MKNP PAsu bared that the first ever celebration Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Festival 2017 coincided with its 16th birthday. “Halad kay Kang-laon’s main purpose is to achieve sustainable Eco-Tourism in the protection of our remaining forest reserves and culture and to improve the quality of lives of our people; a genuine love painted in our heart for the protection and preservation of Mt. Kanla-on,” he said.
The opening ceremony was followed by the MKNP Cook-Off Challenge, MNKP Canvas Painting Competition; MKNP Body Painting Competition; Festival Dance Presentations of Pasayaw Festival of Canlaon City and Bailes de Luces of the Municipality of La Castellana; Awarding of winners and ceremonial turn-over to the next LGU. Native products and souvenirs for sale were also on display by respective LGUs and barangays.
Also gracing the occasion were Bago City Mayor Nicolas Yulo, La Carlota City Vice-Mayor Dr. Rex R. Jalando-on, SPMs Karen L. Aguirre, Amalia D. Aguirre, Jacob Liansing and Richard Sebastian Benedicto; City Administrator Rommel Tam, City Treasurer Jerico Jalandoni, Executive Assistant Edgardo Canlas; City Councilors of Canlaon and San Carlos; Municipal Councilors of La Castellana and Murcia; Errol A. Gatumbato, former PAsu MKNP Acting President of Philippine Bio-diversity Conservation Foundation Inc.; Lea B. Javier, Project Evaluation Officer-PPDO; Romana Parcon, Supervising EMS Provincial Environment Management Office, Negros Occidental, among others.*(Jun de los Reyes)