Gov. Pimentel, Rep. Pichay a no-show during the mayor’s visit
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (in simple black t-shirt) poses with the newly-crowned Perlas ng Kaliguan 2017. With her are Cagwait Mayor Lilian Yu-Lozada, the Perlas ng Kaliguan 2016 and other VIPs. Photo by Chris V. Panganiban for Mindanao Daily News
CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur--Local officials here were surprised in awe to see the presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, made good on her promise to grace the four-day grand celebration of the 21st Kaliguan Festival 2017.
Mayor Sara and her entourage came on board choppers on June 24 where she graced and became guest of honor of the coronation night of Perlas ng Kaliguan 2017, a beauty pageant among the prettiest bets from the 11 barangays of Cagwait.
Upon her arrival, Mayor Sara shared a “boodle fight” lunch with top local and military officials to the delight of local residents seeing a daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte having no qualms about a partaking a modest meal.
Rep. Johnny Pimentel, of Surigao del Sur’s 2nd District, Cagwait Mayor Lilian Yu-Lozada and other local officials welcomed Mayor Sara when she and her party arrived early noon but residents were wondering why Gov. Vicente Pimentel and Rep. Prospero Pichay of the province’s 1st District never showed up.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio has made good to her commitment to visit Cagawait on its special day after learning that President Duterte won resoundingly here. Political pundits, however, opined that Pimentel and Pichay’s no show may have something to do with their defeat here in last year’s election.
A long-time resident, asking for anonymity, disclosed Pimentel used to chip in at least P500, 000 fund for the Kaliguan Festival celebration in the past, but this year’s he did not extend any financial support even if he was told that the presidential daughter will visit.
The opening day ceremony on June 22 was graced by Charito Plaza, Director General of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), who was elated by beauty of the Cagwait White Beach which she regarded as the “Boracay” of Mindanao.
She vowed to help push the area as one of PEZA’s eco-tourism zone of Caraga.
In her speech during the coronation night, Mayor Sara thanked the local residents here for their overwhelming support to her father in the 2016 presidential elections relaying the President’s message in vernacular Bisayan dialect.
Mayor Lozada said the four-day event was successful amid tight security and Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s attendance made local residents felt at ease of a peaceful celebration even as Mindanao is under Martial Law.
“At first, we were apprehensive because of Martial Law, but it turned out to be okay, since thousands of people came to witness the array of exciting events,” Lozada said.
She said what made this year’s celebration more special was the presence of Mayor Sara and the homecoming of thousands of local residents who are already living elsewhere in the country and abroad for the first ever “Panagtapok Nan Cagwaitnon.”
Lozada said the homecoming were organized by the alumni associations of four schools of Cagwait which had drawn alumni coming from the Middle East, USA, and domestically from Cebu, Davao and Manila.
The homecoming was highlighted by the “Dinner for a Cause” with local bands entertaining the guests.
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