The City of Tacurong has successfully celebrated its 64th foundation anniversary, dubbed Tacurong Day, on August 3, 2015 with the theme Dungog Sang Tacurong, Halin Sadto Asta Karon, Ipadayon Naton!

The different activities were held at the city hall ground and Tacurong Cultural and Sports Gymnasium, starting with the raising of the national flag along with the banners of the city and the different barangays at 6 o’clock in the morning.

The annual foundation day parade, Parada Sang Barangay, followed suit, which was participated by the different barangays. Each barangay also participated in the Agri-Fair competition, an exhibit of each barangay’s agricultural products and their own versions of the bahay-kubo.

A thanksgiving mass, Misa Pasasalamat, was held next at the city gym at 9 o’clock in the morning attended by the city officials, city employees, private and public schools, government agencies, residents, and guests.

As the highlight of the foundation anniversary, the Tacurong Day program, which was held in the city gym, commemorated the history and present-day progress of the city. In her speech, Mayor Lina Montilla recognized the cooperation between the city government and the private sector in bringing Tacurong into a developed locality that it is today. Without the support of the latter, she said the economic progress and abundance that Tacurong experiences would not be possible.

In recognition and appreciation to their contributions, the city awarded groups and individuals who were outstanding in their tax contribution from 2012 to 2014. The awards given were for the Top 20 Business Taxpayers, Top 5 Outstanding Baranggay Taxpayers, and Outstanding Individual Taxpayers.

Stakeholders of the LGU’s Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program were also recognized. To add, the DILG recognized outstanding barangays in the implementation of Katarungang Pambarangay.

Special guest during the program was Secretary Lualhati R. Antonino of the Mindanao Development Authority and Board Member of Tourism of the Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority. City Mayor Lina Montilla acknowledged and thanked the supportive secretary for her invaluable contribution to the development of Tacurong by tirelessly lobbying at the national level the infrastructure and economic needs of the city.

The program also served as the opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting of the 6th Tacurong City Business Week called “Sulong Tacurong!” Vice Mayor Joseph Lechonsito led the said ribbon cutting.

Lunchtime on Tacurong Day meant Fiesta sa Barangay, a feast provided by each barangay right in their bahay-kubo exhibit around the city hall grounds. Visitors present in the city ground were amply given with delightful Filipino fare.
Activities after lunch included Larong Pinoy and Inter-Barangay Singing Contest.

At four o’clock, the afternoon was highlighted by the Headgear Parade, a street showdown of eye-catching and magnificently designed “kudongs”. A kudong is a local headgear made of indigenous materials from which the name Tacurong believed to have originated. Groups from the government and private sectors participated in the parade wearing their own festive headgears.

An awarding ceremony followed wherein special awards were given to participants of the headgear parade, Larong Pinoy, and Inter-Barangay singing contest. The Notre Dame of Tacurong College High School Department brought home the trophy for the Best Headgear award. The thirteen contestants for the Mutya ng Lungsod ng Tacurong were also introduced during the program.

As an ending to Tacurong Day, Mayor Lina Montilla officially declared the opening of the Talakudong Festival 2015, which will commence on August 3, 2015 to September 18, 2015. The night was lit up with fireworks at the city hall grounds.

Indeed, the day of the 64th foundation anniversary of Tacurong served as a time when Tacurongnons looked back and realized that from their humble beginnings as a barangay of Buluan, they have become a premier and progressive city in Mindanao. And, in her own words, Mayor Montilla emphasized, “It is very important that we always take the time to look back and honor our humble beginnings when we were still just a sitio because through it, we will be able to fully value the great accomplishments that we have selflessly done for our beloved Tacurong.” (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong City)