Deserving Balilinhons thanked their municipal government for honoring themin the tradition of the town’s annual Sumad or Foundation Day.
Led by Mayor PurezaVeloso-Chatto and Vice Mayor Roy Olalo, this year’s Sumad celebrated Balilihan’s 189th Founding Anniversary as a municipality since September 29, 1828.
The best barangay peace and anti-drug bodies, best waste management practices, best purok in each of the 31 barangays, and “pinaka” agro-industry products were also awarded.
The honoring, awarding and recognition ceremonies were graced by Gov. Edgar Chatto, 1st Dist. Rep. Rene Relampagos and other guests.
In the order of ceremony, the first awards were given to the Top Five Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Councils – Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC-PADAC) of barangays Del Carmen Sur, Cabad, Cogon, Dorol and Del Carmen Weste.
There were actually 10 BPOC-BADAC winners and completing the list were those of barangaysMagsija, Cantomimbo, Sto. Niño, Baucan Sur and Maslog.
Boctol’sBPOC-BADAC was enshrined to the Hall of Fame.
For best practices in Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM), the awardee barangays were Del Carmen Weste, first; Cabad, second; and Magsija, third.
Schools likewise got awards for best ESWM, with the Cogon Tagustusan Elementary School, BaucanElementary School and Cong. PabloMalasarte National High School as winners.
For individual achievers, the following new Balilinhonboard and bar passers were honored:
Medical technologists, Arian Faye Lim, Maefebella Leida Durban, Ma. Endee Sarmiento, Ziva Marielle Madanguit, Teresa Carmelle Segovia, Reina May Monton and Maribel Mano; lawyer, Marc Gretel Madanguit; teachers, JesselaOñes, BernadithPaña, Rhea Tayabas, Ma. CrisRosalLibenta, Frances RosarieGingo, Maribel Mano, April Rose Calapan and Jessa Suarez; master electricians, ChristianEscalona, Joshua Quidlat and Jimmy Calamba; marine engineer, Glenn Llanos; civil engineer, Catherine Madaje; andprincipal test passer ((Master of Arts in Education Major in Administration and Supervision), Helen Sario.
The other individual awardees were the winners of theBalilihan jingle competition—Paulene Nistal, first prize; Christian Ramos, second prize; and Kyla Pamaos, third prize.
This year’s Sumad was themed “PangandoyugPaningkamotInubanansaKakugi, YawesaKalambuansaKatawhansaBalilihan.”
The Sumad awarding and honoring were done at the Assemblyman EladioIbarra Chatto Sports and Cultural Center.
Also a long-time mayor and the father of the governor, the assemblyman died on a September 29 years ago, and so the Balilinhons at the same time commemorated his death on the birthday of their town.
At the Chatto house not far from the Sumad ceremonies were still then lying in state the remains of the assemblyman’s wife and governor’s mother, the late former Mayor Victoria Migriño-Chatto.
She died lastSeptember 20 and was buried last Sunday, October 1, two days after her towns’ and husband’s Sumad. (Zjem Kisha RasonabeArigo)