By Felix “Boy” Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 01Oct2019 — The well-planned opening ceremony of the Kasanggayahan Festival 2019 enticed the young and old to troop the now-famous leisure place of the city, the Rompeolas, to witness the events of the day. From the civic-military parade joined by local government units, national agencies, police, and military made lively by the strings of drum and lyre performers as it was spearheaded by the ensemble of the regional police buglers it took more than two hours to the more than a kilometer distance from the grounds of the national high school to Rompeolas transforming it into a sea of people.
The crowd estimate at its peak reached close to ten thousand people leaping over the sale of businesses in the area.
After Governor Francis Joseph ‘Chiz’ Escudero formally opened the festival, the crowd was treated and gasping for the pyro-technic display which lasted almost twenty-five minutes, once again catching the imagination that life offers its own respite, that is Kasanggayahan. The festive mood is everywhere; the parade of beauties for the Miss Kasanggayahan 2019 crown was a spectacle in itself; the challenges and inspirations of the messages are wake-up calls that one should not be idle for no one is short of ideas, least no one has the monopoly of ideas. A call that every Sorsoganon “magtabang”.
There were no flip-plops, all in harmony to the routine assigned, from the interpretative dance during the mass, the parade of the flags of the fourteen towns and the city, the presence of almost all of the local chief executives, the open cooperation between the church and the local government, the enthusiasm of the crowd to wait for the next event and most of all the discipline displayed under the glaring afternoon sun and as the night worn on the beehive of people walking to Rompeolas, to take the words of the governor “surely entices ones curiosity” is proof that there is tangible in character that Sorsoganon posses, that is resiliency and strong belief that Sorsogon is gearing for greater heights in the next decades.
Part of the group was overheard saying that the planning was so good that it was likewise observed by the governor as part of his message thanking the tourism officer Bobby Gigantone for a job well done and the troopers behind challenging them that the coming events must be as good if not better than what he witnessed.
But it was not the numbers to which we gauge the success of the opening events of Kasanggayahan Festival 2019 instead, what we should know is the pride within that each of us Sorsoganon displayed etched in our history that on that October 1, 2019, we are united as one people willing to sacrifice, giving an inch of discipline, leaving time of our travails in life, taking time with our family to bond in an event where one is neither rich or poor but all are equal for we belong here in our Province, the Land of Kasanggayahan, Sorsogon.
As Father Jose Ofracio, a poet laureate who meaningfully described the meaning of Kasanggayahan when he said “When the fields are green and the grains are golden when the machines work well and all business prospers, when the birds in the sky chirp freely and the men on earth are peacefully happy, in Bikol, it is Kasanggayahan, meaning a life of prosperity” We Sorsoganons deserves a life of prosperity for the time has come to act in unison as we say #Lambang Sorsoganon Magdanon, with this, nothing is impossible to achieve. [BicolToday.com]