CAPPING the festivities in full colors, Davao Oriental undoubtedly made its 51st founding anniversary an event to remember.
From exhibits, fashion shows, sports, entertainment, environmental and social activities to an extravagant firework displays, the Provincial Government has pulled-off another milestone, thus moving forward toward greater heights and progress in the coming years.
Here are the highlights of the province's 51st founding anniversary activities:
As part of the Million Trees Program of the Provincial Government, some 1,500 mahogany and narra tree seedlings were planted along Badas and Culian Road in the City of Mati on June 22.
The tree planting activity is an annual activity to celebrate the province's anniversary as it symbolizes a fresh start for more development and growth for the province.
Inalima Trade Fair and Exhibit
Themed "Trabaho, negosyo, teknolohiya at turismo hingusgan aron makab-ot sa probinsiya ang kalambuan," 12 participating exhibitors took part and displayed their different products in forms of fresh and processed foods, wearables and home-style furniture, organic agriculture products, and ornamental plants, among others.
The trade fair and exhibit, scheduled from June 27 to 30, aims to promote and strengthen the economy of the province.
Davao Orientalympics and Governor's Cup
Various sports events have been organized for DavOr's 51st anniversary. One is the Governor's Cup Executive vs Legislative Basketball Engkwentro last June 27 where provincial heads of office, consisting the Executive Team, and the members of the Provincial Board, consisting the Legislative Team.
A celebrity All-Stars Basketball game was also staged on June 29 at the DOrSU Gym, 107-102, featuring Jason Abalos, Paul Alvarez, Aaron Villaflor, Matt Evans, JC Tiuseco, Joross Gamboa, Jordon Herrera, Joko Diaz, Gene Padilla, Joseph Bitangcol, and Marco Alcaraz.
Davao Oriental First Horse Show and Competition
The first-ever horse show and competition has gathered 80 riders from nine horsemen clubs nationwide and 50 horses of different breed.
The event pushes for the province's agri-ecotourism and giving importance to the horses that played a great role in DavOr's history of transportation.
Showcasing a contemporary take on the traditional attires of Davao Oriental and Mindanao, the province successfully organized a fashion show dubbed Dayaw Badu at the Capitol's covered court. It featured 80 exquisite creations from eight top designers of Davao Fashion and Design Council.
Mass oath-taking ceremony
A total of 1,647 newly-elected barangay officials from the 183 barangays of Davao Oriental took oath as official members of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP). The mass oath-taking on July 1 at the Davao Oriental State University was led by HNP founder, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Around 1,500 people from the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), provincial offices, private sector, Community Groups and Local Government Units (LGUs) came to participate for Parada 2018 last June 30.
The parade shows unity and promotes camaraderie among people within the province.
The program highlights the Provincial State Address of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang. His speech focused on his administration's milestones, projects, and programs on peace and order, anti-illegal drugs, environment, ecotourism, agriculture, public safety, housing, healthcare, social services, human resources, employment, revenue collection, and infrastructure development.
The program was made more special as presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio graced as the guest speaker officially representing his father President Rodrigo Duterte.
Other activities that were also equally successful in line for the anniversary celebrations include Bloodletting activity, Hudyakaan sa Kapitolyo, Pap Dans competition, Dancersize competition, and the Kalingawan Sang Kapitolyo and Grand Fireworks Display.