CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The city government here has slated various activities for the celebration of 22nd Cityhood Charter Anniversary.

A total of 27 activities will be conducted in different places in the city from February 1 to 17.

As COVID-19-related restrictions have relaxed, all of the activities this year will be held face-to-face.

This is different from the protocol observed during 2021 and 2022 where the festivities were held through a blend of in-person and virtual rites.

A grand motorcade along the city’s major thoroughfares in the morning will be followed by Festival of Talents in the Poblacion area in Sto. Rosario in the evening of February 4 — the actual cityhood anniversary.

Major cityhood charter events, including the Multi-sectoral assembly and “Kasalan King Balen” will also highlight the celebration.

The official theme of “Kaganapan 2023” is “Áku, Íka, ítámu ngan, kayábe king panyúlung ning siyudad pákamálan."

Mayor Vilma Caluag said this year’s celebration aims to foster inclusivity among Fernandinos.

She said the participation of private sectors led by Executive Committee Chairperson Bernadette Galang ensures that the celebration will be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

“My instruction was to make the celebration as inclusive as possible because we want every Fernandino to enjoy and also celebrate the progress that we have made in the city,” Caluag said