By GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN de Oro City–The province of Misamis Oriental will celebrate its 4th annual Kuyamis Festival in time for its 88th founding anniversary this week which rill run from January 8 to 12.
The Kuyamis Festival was started by Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano when he became the province’s chief executive in 2013. Prior to that, the event was then known as “Salo Tabo.”
Kuyamis will have its grand opening on Monday (January 8) although related activities had already been conducted such as the Ms. Kuyamis swimsuit competition held at a beach resort in Jasaan town last December 28.
Emano said the provincial government and participating local government units and organizations had already made the necessary preparations as early as December last year.
“My people, as usual, will be in high spirits again as we celebrate this very big event in our province,” the governor said in a statement.
The festival, he said, will once again highlight the promotion and the showcasing of the beauties and wonders of the province, including the local produce of the municipalities under the “One Town One Product” (OTOP) program.
The weeklong festivity will kick off with a holy mass at the Nazareno Church on Monday. Other activities which had already been lined up are street dancing on Jan. 8 at 6:00 a.m.
Aside from that, shows and contests will be held such as dances, best in agri-tourism booth, culinary and cooking demonstrations, and sports events at the Provincial Capitol grounds.
The agri-tourism booths will display food and other items from the province’s towns.
Food and culinary items will be put on display at the Provincial Capitol grounds which will be participated in by the province’s towns.
The 20 Ms. Kuyamis candidates will have a mini-fashion show at the Centrio Mall where cultural visual arts and photo exhibit will be also be held. The exhibit will run January 8-12.
Other activities include the Governor’s Night and the first ever Ms. Gay Misamis Oriental.
In keeping with its “Explore MisOr” tourism slogan, Emano is inviting local and foreign tourists to visit the province and witness the events during the festival and enjoy the beauties, wonders and local products and delicacies of the province.
Meanwhile, the provincial Public Employment Services Office (PESO) is holding a job fair as part of the Kuyamis Festival On January 10.
In a statement, PESO said thousands of potential workers are needed for local, national and international jobs through direct or agency-channeled hiring for people with or without experience.
“Gov. Emano is urging the unemployed, job seekers and even teenagers to grab the opportunity to choose decent jobs, and to give everyone a chance to live bountiful lives,” PESO said.
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