STO. TOMAS -- From a former barangay of San Fernando, Sto. Tomas is now 66 years strong as a municipality in Pampanga.
Celebrating its founding anniversary Thursday, October 12, local officials and residents of this town joined together to showcase the progress of their town.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass followed by a motorcade and boodle fight participated by local government offices, schools and colleges and the town's seven barangays.
Highlighted in the motorcade were the floats of the seven barangays which promote their respective industries namely casket making of Barangay San Vicente, agriculture of Sto. Rosario Pau, garments of Moras Dela Paz, poultry of San Bartolome, automotive body builder of San Matias, pottery of Sto. Niño and fisheries of Poblacion.
"During our founding anniversary celebration, we take the opportunity to promote the products of our barangay as our way of advertisement," said Mayor Johnny Sambo, who led the celebration.
He added that the celebration of the town's founding anniversary is its way of looking back on how it progressed since it claimed independence in 1951.
He noted that the said industries are one of the biggest factors on the development of this town despite being the smallest in Pampanga.
"This is the time for us to unite, celebrate and enjoy the rich history of Sto. Tomas, and together build the future of our town for the benefit of our children," Sambo said.