Lamitan City gears for grand fiesta celebration PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 June 2011 15:14

LAMITAN, Basilan — This year’s celebration of fiesta in Lamitan City would be the merriest because the Supreme Court recently issued a final decision on the controversial cityhood case making this town regain its status as a charter city in Basilan province.

Today, the most progressive town in Basilan is officially kicking off the various activities lined up for the 28th Lami-Lamihan Festival and the 75th Parochial Town Fiesta with the theme “Perpetuating the Grandeur of the Past in a humane and Progressive Society.”

The Lamitan officialdom led by its visionary Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay has prepared five days of activities to start today, June 25, and to continue until the day of the town fiesta on June 29, 2011.
As an opening salvo, the city government, through its City Tourism Office, will formally open today the ethnic and agro-industrial trade fair with booth contest and exhibits at the back of the Cultural Center. This will be followed by the Miss Gay Marathon 2011 and later tonight the Grand Finals of “Basilan Got Talent”.

But everybody’s attention is expected to  focus on the next day’s activities (June 26, 2011-Sunday) in which a religious rites will be held at the Datu Kalun Shrine, a floral offering at the Datu Kalun Park and the most colorful parade and float competition which will start at the Lamitan City Hall ground going to the Datu Dizal Cultural Center.

Also on Sunday, different native and ethnic shows will be presented such as the Yakan Hand Weaving Demonstration, Yakan Traditional Music Competetion, Carabao Racing Contest, Kurah Megpasuh (Horse Trot) and Horse Racing Contest, Yakan common rituals (meg timbang, meg gunting and meg tammat), authentic Yakan wedding and later at night would be another big time show—The Miss Lami-Lamihan Beauty Pageant.

On June 27 (Monday), the show will go on with street dancing competition at 8:00 a.m., Owakan championship (cockfighting), and macho gay and tomboy (lesbian) boxing sa Lamitan which will be held at
Datu Dizal Cultural Center.

On the day before the actual town fiesta (June 28-Tuesday), Lamitan’s City Hall ground will surely be packed with spectators coming from the different towns in Basilan, including visitors from other parts of the region in the motocross dubbed as the 6th Mayor Oric Furigay National Invitational Competition (elimination day). Some riders from Cagayan de Oro City, Zamboanga del Norte, del Sur, Sibugay, cities of Davao, Cebu and even from Luzon have signified their intention to participate in the motocross competition.

On fiesta day (June 29, 2011), a mass will be offered in honor of their Patron, Saint Peter, at St. Peter Parish Church. It will be followed by the championship round of the motocross. A solemn high mass will then be held at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Peter Parish Church. — Jimmy Villaflores