The municipality of Bayog in the province of Zamboanga del Sur concluded a week-long celebration of its 50th founding anniversary on Monday, May 8, with the celebration of world famous “Palad-Palad Festival 2017”.
Currently a third class municipality located about 80 kilometers east of Pagadian City, Bayog was established as the 29th municipality of Zamboanga del Sur on May 8, 1967.
Bayog Municipality Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr said the town “pierced numerous blocks and various challenges through the years to reach what it is today.”
Palad Palad Festival is a yearly celebration of “Araw ng Bayog”, commemorating the town’s establishment as a municipality. The main attractions of its activities showcase Zamboanga del Sur’s tribal dance accompanied by traditional live drum performance. The participants, mostly young people, are wearing indigenous Mindanaoan costumes.
The dance performance depicts ceremonials based on the traditional Subanen thanksgiving ritual for the “Palad Palad” (blessings) received in the previous year.
More than 300 local participants from Bayog barangay clusters dressed in colorful and traditional costumes are involved in the world-class dance performance, which highlighted the Golden Anniversary acitivites in the Municipal Hall compound.
Bayog’s clusters and sectors representative candidates of the yearly Miss Bayog beauty pageant also highlighted the celebration. “I’m inviting everyone to come and visit the beautiful places in our municipality of Bayog,” said this year’s winner, Saira Anoos Comie from Cluster 1.
In photo: Saira Anoos Comie (Cluster 1, 4th from right), Kimberly Lubaton Delliva (Business Sector), Annabel Ducoy Cercado (Cluster 3), Hesan Formiller Luego (Cluster 4), Lovely Grace Sabelo Arcala (Cluster 5), Nika Prences Besana Felix (Cluster 6), Karen Soriano Betarmos (Cluster 7), Honey Lei Suguitao Estoque (Cluster 8), Redielyn Dalahay De Torres (Cluster 9), Khezzly Joy Bueno Maglupay (Deped Sector)
#TeamTabak joins ‘50th Araw ng Bayog’
The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army took part in the culminating activities with Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army as program guest of honor and speaker.
(In photo from left: Bayog Municipality Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr.; Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army)
“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. If all of us shall aspire to sustain peace, we shall be strong as we are united in the pursuit of peace and development. The municipality’s aim for excellence and unity has contributed in fulfilling our mandate for peace and progress in this part of Zamboanga del Sur,” BGen. Bautista said in his message.
Bayog area, under the operational responsibility of the 44th Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade, has been a witness to the TABAK Division’s struggles in achieving its mission to attain peace, security and development, according to BGen. Bautista.
44IB Commander Lt. Col. Zacarias B. Batalla said: “The Battalion has been vigorously participating with the activities of the municipality including the Palad Palad Festival 2017. These actions of your military are sincere steps in bringing the TABAK Division closer to Bayog community.”