“March 25, 1898 is the unforgettable historic date of “Ikkis ti Candon” ( Cry of Candon). The reason of the monument of Don Isabelo Abaya in our plaza showing our part in the history of Philippine Independence,” City Mayor Singson said.
His 12-minute message was heard by fellow city officials, government employees from local and aligned government agencies, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and law enforcers, barangay officials, students and representatives of Non-governmental organizations.
Other City officials present were City Councilors George Valdez, Rhodana Abrero, Fredelino Balagot Jr. and David Wagayen.
The special guests during the celebration were the scholars of the Ilocano Language Acquisition and Immersion for the New Generation or ILAING Program, students from Hawaii accompanied by their parents and guardians.
The delegation was led by Helen Grace Go, Candonians of Hawaii president, and Bernadette Fajardo, ILAING coordinator.
The City Mayor said that Candonians’ quest for independence and freedom earned Candonians’ the tagged as “freedom figthers”.
This year is the 117th year of Philippine Independence Day celebration with the theme “ Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot- Kamay na ng Bayan”.
City Mayor Singson said that Candonians also have their share in nation building.
Because of the people’s collective efforts the city’s accomplishment were recognized by award giving bodies like the Regional and National Kabalikat Awardee given by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the 2014 Excellence in Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Award (top three national level) against all cities nationwide conferred by the Department of Health, the Gawad Parangal at Pagkilala as one of the top 10 LGUS to complete FishR Program by the Deaprtment of Agriculture- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).
Other awards were 2014 Most Business Friendly LGU Award (City Level 3) by conferred by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the 2013 Regional Green Banner Awardee (Outstanding City in the Region in the Implementation of Nutrition Program) given by the National Nutrition Council.
The City Mayor said that celebrating the country’s independence day is done with a cause.
He said that part of the city’ celebration coincided with the Mega-Job Fair. (see related story on page __).
June 12 is also very significant to Candon especially to Roman Catholics because it is the feast day of Saint John de Sahagun, the patron saint of the city.
An annual concelebrated mass was done after the independence day ceremonies.