THE Provincial Government officially opened this year’s Kuyamis Festival and the 87th anniversary of Misamis Oriental at the capitol grounds on Monday, January 9.
The celebration kicked off with 16 candidates of Miss Kuyamis 2017 staging their respective festival attire after the Holy Mass. Hundreds of spectators were entertained and amused of the candidates’ festive costumes.
Elizabeth Amahan, El Salvador City's bet, wowed the judges and won the award as Best in Festival costume.
The festival attires of all candidates were made of coconut and designed by local designers.
The coronation night is set on Thursday, January 12, at the capitol grounds.
The week-long festivities highlights other activities such as Booth competition, Meat and Livestock Show, Tiangge sa Kapitolyo, Partners Bazaar, Misamis Oriental (MisOr) Food Expo, Destination Photo and Visual Arts Exhibits, Explore MisOr Modern Dance Contest, Municipal Cultural and Variety Show, Kuyamis Tree Planting, MisOr Cooking Demo and Food Fair.
“This is for you, Misamis Oriental,” Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano said as he led the opening ceremony.
Emano said the capitol had strived hard to maximize available resources of the province to bring to people the best services and promote tourism to the world.
The governor said his eight-pillar programs on education, environment, infrastructure, health, cooperative, transportation, agriculture, and peace order, are all anchored to his flagship program on tourism.
“Think of how progress could impact on the lives of our people when what is happening now to Sagpulon falls could be duplicated in areas where there exist spots with tourism potentials,” he said.
Emano illustrated Sagpulon falls in Jasaan town due to the financial viability it had shown and how it lured visitors and tourists alike.
He commended the same efforts and support extended by various local government units in promoting tourist destinations and the entire tourism development plan of the province.
“We invite everyone to witness, join and enjoy all the activities for the whole week,” Emano said.