|Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Building (zamboanga.com)|
By: Bennie A. Recebido
SORSOGON CITY, Oct 9 (PIA) – Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee declared October 17 as a special holiday throughout the province in commemoration of the 119th founding anniversary of Sorsogon as a separate province from Albay.
Gov. Lee has signed yesterday the Executive Order No. 007 series of 2013 which also directs all government officials and employees of the national and local government in the province to observe, attend and participate in the opening ceremonies and activities of the Kasanggayahan Festival which will fall on Oct 17, 2013.
The opening activity will start at 3:00 0’clock in the afternoon with a street presentation of the re-enactment of the First Mass in Luzon Island in 1569 to be performed from Rizal Street to Magsaysay Street which will be culminated by a Concelebrated Mass. The official declaration of the opening of Kasanggayahan Festival 2013 follows at 6:00 p.m. while a band concert at the Sorsogon City Rompeolas will be held, 7:00 o’clock in the evening.
The declaration is pursuant to Republic Act 7380 which mandates that a special holiday be observed in commemoration of the establishment and founding anniversary of the province of Sorsogon which falls October 17 every year.
Section 2 of RA 7380 also provides that “All government officials in the province, national and local, elected and appointed, shall see to it to look forward every year thereafter to spearhead the commemoration of the foundation day of the province”.
Three non-working holidays will be enjoyed by the Sorsoganons this month of October slated on October 15 in observance of Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, the most important feast in the Muslim Calendar; Oct 17, the founding anniversary of the province of Sorsogon; and Oct 28 to pave way for the barangay elections. (BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)