It’s been 63 years!
Tacurongnons observed the city’s 63rd foundation anniversary during the Barangay Day 2014 on August 3, 2014 at the City Hall Grounds.
On the 3rd of August 1951, Tacurong became a municipality from being a mere barangay of Buluan, Cotabato. After 49 years, Tacurong became the lone component city of Sultan Kudarat province in 2000.
The celebration of August 3 as Barangay Day started when Tacurong was converted into a city on September 18, 2000 through R.A. 8805.
The 5-day celebration of Barangay Day 2014 kicked off on July 30 back-to-back with the launching of the 5th Tacurong Business Week.
The Agri Fair opened on the same day, followed by the ‘longest and heaviest vegetable competition’. Both events turned out to be a showdown of the city’s 20 barangays.
For the Agri Fair, barangays set up booths that showcase their identity through native and upcycled materials, local products and delicacies, among others. The barangay booths have gone through two rounds of judging—on July 30 and August 2.
“Sa gamay nga panahon, nahimo naton ini tanan kay kita nag ugyon kag nagbuliganay. Bisan may competition, tani hindi mawala ang maayo nga relasyon sang kada isa nga barangay,” said Liga ng mga Barangay Chairperson Hernane Fermo.
In the end, Barangay New Passi bagged the Best Booth award. Barangay Griño and Barangay Upper Katungal were adjudged 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.
On August 2, children and adults warmed the city grounds with their energy during the Palarong Pinoy 2014. Tacurongnons enjoyed classic Pinoy games like dakpanay manok, dakpanay baboy, sack race, and pukpok palayok.
In the afternoon of August 2, Tacurongnons 45 years old and above competed in the Hindi Pa Kami Laos amateur singing contest. Mr. Jerry Ledesma of Barangay Griño emerged as the singing champion.
Strength in unity
According to Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Casador, the guest speaker during Barangay Day culmination, Tacurong’s progress is reflective of the people’s unity. Being a true-blooded Tacurongnon, Casador said that he can attest to Tacurong’s willpower to be outstanding in terms of governance and sustainable development.
“As we celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary, let us remember those who were before us..those who also worked for the Tacurong that we know today,” said Casador.
Ms. Alma Moreno, the National Chairperson of the Philippine Councilors League, also highlighted pagkakaisa as one of Tacurongnons’ strengths. Moreno was also one of the special guests of Tacurong during the culmination of Barangay Day.
LGU officials headed by Mayor Lina O.Montilla and the city’s 20 punong barangay are positive that next year’s celebration of Barangay Day will bring more opportunities to show the people’s unity. (LGU Tacurong City Information)