Tarlac to celebrate 138th Araw ng Lalawigan

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Thursday, May 19, 2011


TARLAC CITY -- Tarlaqueños are set to celebrate the province's 138th "Araw ng Lalawigan" on May 28 with a lot of fanfare.

The week-long celebration dubbed "Ganda at Galing...Natural Tarlak" will kick-off on May 23 with a thanksgiving mass and the opening of a trade fair at the provincial capitol grounds.

The event will be highlighted with a dog fun show, zip line and wall climbing adventures, food plaza and the local band concert dubbed "Galing Tarlaqueño."

Other activities include free legal consultation, football exhibition with the Azkals, jobs fair, medical and dental mission, Go Negosyo franchise fair, song and dance competition, exposition, fun run, grand parade, variety show, fireworks display, mobile passporting, airsoft and practical shooting competitions, and the Mutya ng Lalawigang Tarlac.

This year's anniversary marks the 12th time that the province of Tarlac celebrated its foundation.

Governor Victor Yap, in a statement, said this year's celebration is more extensive as it will highlight the historical places, tourist spots, and the products of Tarlac province.

"We will make this year's commemoration memorable," the governor said.

In 1998, upon the assumption to office of the late Governor and Congressman Jose "Aping" Yap, he immediately commissioned a team to research on the date of the establishment of Tarlac into a province.

The team, composed of Tarlac historians, discovered that on May 28, 1872, Tarlac was formally declared as a province.

The following year, through Presidential Proclamation Number 109 signed by then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, May 28 was declared a special non-working holiday in the entire province of Tarlac in commemoration of its founding anniversary.

Tarlac has produced some of the most prominent personalities in the country that include former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino, former Ambassador Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., General Francisco Macabulos, the first United Nations Secretary General Carlos P. Romulo, Leonor "Maria Clara" Rivera, and President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

"Tarlac is a historic province and the only fitting tribute we can offer is through the commemoration of its founding anniversary," Yap said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 20, 2011.

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