Tacurongnons and local tourists will be witnessing many ‘firsts’ in the upcoming Talakudong Festival 2013 which will officially open come September 11.

 On the said kick-off date at 9:30AM, three groups will battle in the City Grounds for the 1st Talakudong Drum and Glockenspiel Competition-High School Level. At 6:00PM, Tacurong’s 20 barangays will be competing in the 1st Talakudong Inter-Barangay Dance Sport and Hip Hop Dance Contest in the City Gymnasium.

The city government and the Makasining Lahi ng Tacurong have also organized the 1st Talakudong Battle of the Queens: Search for Miss Gay Talakudong 2013 which will be conducted on September 13, City Gymnasium.

On September 15, running enthusiasts all over the region will be joining the 1st Talakudong Half-Marathon Run. This event is spearheaded by the Tacurong Runners Club in coordination with the city government.

Other new activities include: 1st Talakudong Invitational Scooter Motocross Competition (September 17) and 1st Talakudong Invitational Badminton Tournament-Kiddie Edition (September 6-8).

Aside from these ‘firsts’, Talakudong will be exuding the city’s vibrance with the following activities: Kumpas sa Syudad Folk Dance Competition and Kantahan ng Kabataan (September 12); Haircut Mo Sagot Ko and Jobs Fair (September 13); Bicycle Tour, Talakudong Dog Show, and Dart Tournament (September 14); Ornamental Plant Show (September 16); Variety and Comedy Show with Celebrities (September 17).

Continuing events include: Igpat Sang Kamera Photo Contest (Aug. 15-Sept 30); Alay sa Barangay Surgical Mission (Aug. 16-Sept. 30); Inter-Barangay and Inter-Agency Basketball Tournament (Aug. 20-Sept. 12); Trade Fair (Sept. 3-20); For Art’s Sake Painting Exhibit, Workshop, and Contest (Sept. 5-18); Talakudong Painting and Salakot Decorating (Sept. 6-8); Inter-school and Invitational Sepak Takraw Tournament (Sept 12-16); and Lawn Tennis Tournament (Sept. 14-15).

Eleven candidates will be battling for the title of Mutya ng Lungsod ng Tacurong 2013 on September 16. To complement this event, the Local Women Development Council organized the 1st Talakudong Search for Munting Mutya ng Lungsod ng Tacurong which will be conducted on Sept. 18.

Talakudong Street Dancing and Field Demonstration, the festival highlight, will be taken a notch higher by participating schools on September 18. “Participating schools prepare for this event for almost two months. They have never failed to deliver a refreshing presentation of Tacurong’s culture every year,” said City Mayor Lina Montilla.

Tacurong became a component city of the Province of Sultan Kudarat by virtue of Republic Act 8805 that was issued on August 16, 2000. The cityhood was duly confirmed by the Tacurongnons in a plebiscite held on September 18, 2000. This year marks its 13th Foundation Anniversary.

Malacañan declared September 18, 2013 as a Special Non-Working Day in Tacurong City through Proclamation No. 643, s. 2013.

Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU-Information)