Eight municipalities plus one from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) competed in the first ever Paskuhan sa Lanao del Norte Cristmas Float Competition.
Three were adjudged top-most winners, with the municipality of Kapatagan as champion. Prizes at stake for the winners are checks amounting to P250,000, P200,000 and P150,000 for the first, second and third place, respectively.
Spearheaded by the Office of the Governor, in collaboration with the Provincial Tourism Office, the activity is a friendly competition showcasing artistry from each municipality, expressing their unique identity depicting their town’s tourist attraction, said Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Q. Dimaporo.
“Our ultimate goal is to feel the spirit of celebrating this yuletide season despite our response of attending to the needs or providing temporary shelter to families who are victims of the Marawi siege,” said the governor.
Except for the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the AFP as one entrée, the eight entrees are all from the coastal towns. Non-winning towns include Baroy, Tubod, Kolambugan, Maigo, Kauswagan and they all received P50,000 each.
The month-long celebration started last December 8, in a Christmas Float Parade around the premise of the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex and displayed at the grounds for its first judging. The culmination was on January 5, 2018, with top three winners declared.
Local chief executives representing their respective towns were in attendance in the culmination. Mayor Benjie Y. Baguio received the award for Kapatagan known for their Kahumayan Festival, while Mayor Alan J. Lim of Lala town known for their Alimango Festival, and Linamon known for Hudyaka sa Lubi Festival was headed by Mayor Randy J. Macapil.
Officials and employees from the Provincial government and local as well, including the Congressional District Representative, and other spectators witnessed the program and the awarding ceremony. The awarding was held at the open field of MCC Sports Complex. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN/PIO LDN)