TARLAC CITY — Provincial Government of Tarlac is set to hold its 2nd Kanlungan ng Lahi (KanLAHI) Festival from March 5 to 10 in line with the celebration of its 145th Founding Anniversary.
“The week-long celebration of KanLAHI Festival gives premium on the culture, tradition and people of the province,” Tarlac Governor Susan Yap said.
On the opening day, which will be featured on Umagang Kay Ganda, a fun run to be participated in by capitol employees will kick-off the festivities.
Formal opening will be at the capitol’s Bulwagan ng mga Gubernador to be followed by a press conference.
Yap added that other activities include a Tarlaqueño food festival at the Rotary Lane and Centro Merkato, agri-farm fair at the Centro Organico, Tarlac national painting contest at the Museo ng Tarlac and battle of the bands at the Centro Merkato in the evening.
“On March 6, the palaro ng lahi, flora and fauna, pet show, Philippine tapestry fashion show and Tarlaqueño Got Talent will be witnessed at the Maria Cristina Park while the chalk competition will be at the capitol grounds,” she stressed.
For the third day of the festival, there will be a street dancing competition from F. Tañedo Street to Maria Cristina Park and Binibining KanLAHI pageant to be held at the same park.
Meanwhile, highlights of March 8 include a Zumba fest at the Maria Cristina Park, Paralympic games at Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Park, night ride at the capitol grounds and variety show at Maria Cristina Park featuring popular movie and television celebrities.
The governor likewise disclosed the activities for March 9 which are Gov. Susan Yap shoot fest at the Culipat Firing Range, cheer dance competition at Centro Merkato and Mr. Tarlac 2018 at the Maria Cristina Park.
“On the final day of the festivities, an obstatrail and Enduro racing at the Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Park, car and motor show at the Centro Merkato, motorcross competition at Binauganan Race Track, mobile passporting at the Bulwagan ng mga Gubernador, grand parade of floats and drum and lyre competition from F. Tañedo Street to Maria Cristina Park and Saya King Dalan at the Maria Cristina Park will be held,” Yap stated.
To cap the week-long festival, there will be a post KanLAHI rite on the evening of March 16 dedicated for the recognition of Tarlaqueños who have become role models in their respective communities.
“Aside from these, pre-KanLAHI activities including the Binibining KanLAHI presentation (February 10, SM City Tarlac), swimsuit competition (February 17, Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Park), talent competition (City Walk Mall) and on March 3 a parade of beauties, Musikerong Tarlaqueño (both at the Maria Cristina Park) and choral competition (Diwa ng Tarlak) will be held,” she concluded.
The province of Tarlac was formed on May 28, 1873 from the municipalities of Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Pangasinan. (CLJD/TJBM-PIA 3)