Aquino greets Romblon for Biniray Festival

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Saturday, January 12, 2013


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III extended his greetingS on Friday to the people of the Municipality of Romblon, Romblon, celebrating the Biniray Festival.

“Each locality plays a vital role in building on our country’s cultural heritage—channeling government programs towards uplifting the Filipino’s sense of fun and spirit of bayanihan,” the President said in his message.

“These initiatives are what you, the people and leaders of Romblon, uphold in this festivity. Your government is heartened by your people’s pride of place and sense of history.”

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The President hopes that with the celebration of Biniray Festival, the people of Romblon will take the opportunity to foster unity and cooperation among themselves, particularly with the guidance of their patron, Nuestro Señor Sto. Niño de Romblon.

“Let us keep our faith, along with the ideals of fairness, integrity, and passion, as we sustain moral uprightness and good governance in our society,” he said.

The Biniray (Binirayan) festival is an event celebrated particularly in the province of Antique. “Biniray” or “Binirayan” literally means “where they sailed to”.

The Binirayan Festival, which was first celebrated on January 11 to 13, 1974, commemorates the legend of the arrival of the10 Bornean datus on the island of Aninipay now known as Panay. (SDR/Sunnex)

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