Issue of July 7, 2019
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Cordillera unity gong relay kicks off July 9
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

The Regional Development Council is all set for the Cordillera unity gong relay in celebration of the 32nd founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The sectoral committees of the RDC have scheduled activities in the different provinces and cities in the region as the unity gong passes to the respective provinces from July 9 to 14.

The gong relay will kick off on July 9 at the Peoples Gymnasium at the Kalinga Capitol Compound in Tabuk City.

After the kick-off program, the gong will be brought to Flora, Apayao.

At around 5 p.m. the gong will be turned over from Kalinga and the RDC to Apayao.

On July 10, the unity gong will travel to Abra.

The unity gong will then travel on July 11 from Abra to Benguet. A ceremonial turnover will be held in Mankayan. The caravan will continue to travel via the Halsema Highway for the formal turnover by Abra officials to Benguet officials.

The unity gong will be turned over at the Baguio City Hall on July 12. It would be followed by a program with Department of Budget and Management OIC Usec. Janet Abuel as the expected guest of honor.

The unity gong will then journey to Mountain Province. Benguet officials will do the ceremonial turnover  of the gong to Mountain Province officials led by Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit  at the welcome arch in Sinto, Bauko.  The formal turnover and program will be held at the Mountain Province Multipurpose Hall in Bontoc.

On July 13, the unity gong will be turned over at the highway boundary of Bontoc, Mountain Province and Banaue, Ifugao in Mount Polis and will be brought to the Ifugao Capitol in Lagawe for the formal turnover and program with Ifugao officials.

On July 14, the unity gong will travel  back to Kalinga in time for the pre-events and the main program on July 15.

On July 14 and 15, the DTI-CAR will be featuring the Kapetirya coffee tasting and display and the mini-trade fair at the Capitol while the DPWH-CAR will also have an exhibit on the latest innovation on the infrastructure projects in the region also at the Capitol gym.

July 14 is also the Cordillera Heritage night where the “pakidum,” a cultural presentation will be performed by the indigenous people from Pasil, Kalinga and the “slow-food” or the traditional indigenous food of Kalinga will be served to the guests and delegates from the different provinces.

Models from the different provinces will showcase their local fabrics in the Cordillera weave fashion show.

The Cordillera Day program will be on July 15  and will kick off with a parade at 7 am. along the thoroughfares of Tabuk City to the Kalinga Capitol gym for the formal program.
DPWH Sec. Mark Villar is expected to be the guest of honor and speaker.

This year’s theme is  “CAR @ 32: Building One Greater Cordillera.”

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