58th Foundation Day and 6th Saba Festival Celebration June 15-16, 2014
(by Mary Divina L. Francisco & MPDC Staff  6/24/2014)

Aurora’s Southeast Paradise showcased its culture, tradition, talent, and beauty as it celebrated its 58th founding anniversary and 6th Saba Festival on a two day affair - June 15-16 with the theme: “Dingalan…. Listo sa Pagbabago ng PanAHON! ”.

A grand parade signaled the opening of the grand celebration that was participated by the Local Government Unit’s employees, DepEd, street dancers, and drum and lyre bands of different elementary and high schools in the locality. With their music and colors, the festival has started. An opening speech was given by Hon. Mayor Zenaida Q. Padiernos , who initiated all the efforts for the foundation day celebration to be as grandest and be a total success, emphasizing how well the economy of Dingalan, its livelihood, and its tourism boost for the past years that gave Dingalan popularity to its neighboring towns and cities. Several guests from the provincial government of Aurora were seen during the celebration, including the governor himself, Hon. Gerardo Noveras, Vice Governor Rommel Angara, Hon. Mariano Tangson, Hon. Pedro Ong, Jr., Hon. Antonio Curitana, and officials from the tourism office of Marilao, Bulacan among others. Tourists can be seen everywhere giving their eyes the satisfaction of seeing the Arco of different barangays inspired by nativity and creativity motivated by the competition. Barangay Matawe won the Arco competition in the end for its wonderfully created Arco made from the indigenous materials such as banana tree that mirrors the products of their barangay.

A fun run was organized in coordination with the Rural Health Unit thru Dr. Brent Andrew Viray called “Dingarun: Takbo para sa Kalusugan”. The said event had 4 (four) categories; 500 meter dash, 1.5 kilometer, 3 kilometers with obstacles and 5 kilometer where hundreds of individuals " kids and adults- participated the run. A Sports fest was conducted that lasted for a week wherein different basketball teams from different barangays played for the title and the prize.

The crowd gone wild as soon as street dancing competition began and participants flaunted their colorful and creative costumes and choreography in tune with the lively music their instruments were making. It was followed by the drum and lyre band competition by the five participating schools that gave the audience pleasant and amazing performances that left everybody in complete awe in the midst of the heat of the sun. After the amazing show by the street dancers and drum and lyre bands, the Saint Patrick’s Academy Street Dance team, and the Drum and Lyre Bands of Dingalan National High School and Paltic Elementary School were hailed winners in their categories. Furthermore, special awards were given to the participating school bands namely:
Secondary LevelElementary Level
Best Costume Dingalan National High School Paltic Elementary School
Best in Street Parade Saint Patrick’s Academy Dingalan Central School
Most Disciplined Saint Patrick’s Academy Umiray Elementary School

To mark the celebration, a “Sayawang Bayan” was held that gathered the eleven barangays of Dingalan for a night of music and dancing and was spiced up by the raffle draws by the municipality with 25,000 pesos at stake and by TM, who sponsored the night with a live band and who had given away prepaid loads to their subscribers. Dingalan’s 58th year and 6th Saba Festival celebration ended with a blast, not with fireworks but with genuine fun and excitement plastered in every Dingaleňos and tourists faces. After all Saba is not just a banana; it is now an annual event you should see and experience!

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