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Capiz to Celebrate 109th Foundation Day Anniversary PDF Print E-mail


establishment of civil government from April 13 to 15 this year.

The celebration dubbed "CAPIZtahan" will showcase the province's historical and cultural heritage and accomplishments through various activities like blessing and inauguration of projects, awarding of Outstanding Capiceños, and various performances.

"Capiztahan will end with the most awaited fireworks competition at the Villareal stadium", said Provincial Tourism Officer Alphonsus Tesoro.

During the celebration, the Capiz Visitors Convention Bureau (CVCB) will attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records by its three-kilometer seafood grill that will be connected along the city's major thoroughfares.

Tesoro added that the final day of the celebration will segue with the opening of the Dance Xchange: 2nd Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival to be hosted by the provincial government. It will include activities such as artists forum, dance workshops, festival of dances and outreach performances.

The Capiztahan highlight coincides with the death anniversary of President Manuel Roxas who was the last President of the Philippine Commonwealth and the first President of the Philippine Republic.

Roxas served as the province's first congressional district representative and senator before elected as the country's highest ranking official from 1946 until his untimely death on April 15, 1948.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared April 15 as a special holiday throughout the province through Republic Act No. 9217.

RA 9217 also known as President Manuel A. Roxas Memorial Day Act was principally authored by then Capiz Congressman Rodriguez Dadivas for Capiceños to reminisce the life, ideals and principles espoused by statesman Roxas.

The law assigns the nearest Friday to April 15 as a special non-working holiday in the entire province and city, April 16 for this year, to give the people a chance to ponder on the unselfish acts of Roxas. - A. Lumaque (PIA)

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