THE opening of Agro-Industrial Trade Fair on Monday, February 26, marked the start of the 10-day anniversary celebration of Basilan province.
Basilan Governor Hadjiman Hataman-Saliman and Department of Science and Technology in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Secretary Myra Mangkabung led the opening of the trade fair that was preceded by a program at the Basilan National High School’s grandstand.
Mangkabung, the program’s keynote speaker, urged the residents to “look into the future” and not to rely much on the government officials in developing Basilan province.
Basilan Vice Governor Yusop Alano said the trade fair showcases not only the development but to include the potentials of the province.
The celebration, dubbed as “Pakaradjaan Basilan 2018,” is anchored on the theme “sowing the seeds of peace: celebrating life, culture and prosperity.”
The celebration’s theme “mirrors the current provincial government collective efforts of laying the foundation of Basilan’s sustainable future.”
“Pakaradjaan” is a Yakan term which literally means celebration.
The natives of Basilan province are known as “Yakans.” (SunStar Philippines)