Karakol 2017 na isinagawa noong Oktubre 11, 2017
Known as Service Month, October is jam-packed with significant public service programs and cultural activities. It is also the month when the city celebrates both its 242nd Founding Anniversary and the feast of Nuestra Señora Del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), one of the most awaited time of the year for Imuseños. With the yuletide fast approaching, it is a perfect time to warm up and foster the spirit of giving.
Fiesta is never celebrated without a gastronomic feast. Hence to kick-off the month-long celebration, Fudtripan welcomed the first day of October. Around 25 stalls offering a wide variety of fare lined the Imus Sports Complex where hundreds of Imuseños enjoyed binge dining on street fare classics and refreshments.
To show appreciation and love for the senior citizens of Imus, the first week of October, which coincides with the nationwide celebration of Elderly Week, was filled programs for their welfare. This included free flu vaccination, medical mission, a bowling tournament and recognition ceremonies for centenarians of the city. Around 2,000 lolos and lolas benefitted from the health care activities while three (3) were given a hundred thousand pesos each as special gift for reaching their one hundredth year. Local talents serenaded everyone with sweet music during the Harana sa Dapithapon to cap off the ceremonies on October 7.
This year’s Maliksing Kasalang Bayan united 45 couples in a communal yet memorable ceremony on October 6. Upholding his respect to the family as an institution, City Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi as the solemnizing authority, gave emphasis on the importance of and sanctity of marriage not only for the husband and wife but more so for the children who will lead the generations to come.
Unity and healthy lifestyle bannered on October 8 at the 4th IMUStRUN. About 500 individuals participated, shared their time, and effort.
The 11th of October was dedicated to Karakol ng Imus, a Filipino tradition where Imuseños fill the streets in festive dancing and thanksgiving, with this year’s theme “Panata at Pagmamahal ng mga Imuseño para kay Nanay Pilar.” The next day, which is the actual feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, was celebrated with Kasiyahan sa Araw ng Kapistahan, a variety show that showcases home-grown talents. Games and raffle draws also adds excitement to the gathering at the city plaza where the enthusiastic crowd usually stays and enjoys the night, concluding it with an amazing fireworks display.
Halfway through the month is the City’s Farmers’ Week celebration. An agricultural trade fair and exhibit showcasing fresh and quality produce of local farmers was held on the 17th of October at the Sangguniang Panglungsod parking lot. Meanwhile, growing-your-own-food was encouraged at the technological forum held on the next day at the SP multi-purpose hall presenting the topics Organic Gardening and Mushroom Production Technology. The closing ceremony for the Farmers’ Week celebration was conducted on the 19th hailing the winners of the Organikong Gulayan sa Paaralan contest.
Giving emphasis on the business sectors, a Business Expo was organized on the 19th day, this time for the local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the City of Imus. On the same day, officers of the Imus Association of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (IAMSME) took their oath in a simple ceremony spearheaded by the Local Economic and Investment Promotions Office (LEIPO).
In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and through the City’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO), the passport application and renewal service was brought closer to Imuseños on October 21st for their personal appearance. The whole day activity gave not less than 800 individuals the opportunity to have their passport processed in the convenience of Robinsons Place Imus.
As Imus is also an animal-friendly city, our furry friends were given a chance to hold their own show the same day, dubbed as OctoberPETStival. The City Veterinary Services Office along with other partner institutions offer free check-up and vaccination services to canine, feline and other domesticated animals to the delight of pet owners. The Dog In Honor pet fun run was also held in the afternoon at the City Plaza.
Proper recognition for outstanding and progressive cooperatives and community leaders is an added highlight to the festivities as the cooperative movement is considered a very vital player in the advancement of social justice and community development. Hence, on the 25th of October, the COOP Awards was held at the Imus Sports Complex, where due acknowledgements was given.
To conclude the month-long celebration on the 30th is the distribution of BIDA KArd to the first degree relatives of City Government of Imus employees headed by the City of Imus Local Council for the Protection of Children in partnership with City of Imus Cooperative Development Office and Eskwela Kooperatiba. It is the first child welfare card in the Philippines that can be used as cash and privilege card.
It was indeed a month overloaded with fun, excitement and public service. A good balance of entertainment-enriched culture and much-needed provisions through various programs and activities is sure to make the celebration consistently meaningful. The unity exemplified by the different offices under the City Government of Imus and the Imuseños themselves for this year’s OctOVERLOAD definitely paved the way for its success.