Bulan, Sorsogon, October 20, 2009: On October 17, 1894, Sorsogon was decreed by the Spanish authorities as an independent province by separating it from the Province of Albay, and this year is our 115th anniversary. This celebration has been known as the Kasanggayahan Festival of Sorsogon.
Several socio-civic activities, participated in by various government and private offices and sectors, were conducted this month to highlight and give life to the celebration. The Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc., in partnership and collaboration with the provincial government and the Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Council , was responsible for organizing and implementing the events, the centerpiece of which was the October 17th activities which included the Provincial Flag-raising ceremony at the Capitol Grounds, a Holy Mass at Sitio Gibal-ong, Magallanes, Site of the First Mass in Luzon ( but which is being contested by Barangay Otavi, here in Bulan, as pronounced by the National Historical Institute), and in the afternoon, a Street Dancing Festival which involved the different festivals of Sorsogon towns like the Bulan Padaraw Festival, the Paray Festival of Irosin, the Paraw Festival of Pilar, the Butanding Festival of Donsol, Pili Festival of Sorsogon City, Onod Festival of Castilla, the Ginubat Festival of Gubat Town, Agingay Festival of Bulusan, Kaligay Festival of Prieto-Diaz, Busaingan Festival of Sta. Magdalena, Gugurang Festival of Casiguran and those from Magallanes and Juban Towns.
Other Kasanggayahan acivities included cultural shows, concerts, balls, basketball and other sports tournaments, an agro-industrial trade fair participated in by the towns of Sorsogon, and the other five provinces of the Bicol Region, an annual history and heritage lecture, and a Miss Kasanggayahan beauty pageant.
Invited as this year’s Guest of Honor was Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, of National Defense, and Chairman of the NDCC which was at the forefront of the different efforts during the Ondoy and Pepeng disasters.
Mayor De Castro led the Bulan contingent composed of the LGU employees and barangay officials.