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Rodriguez backs renaming of Laguindingan airport to Cagayan-MisOr airport

Businessweek Mindanao
04 November 2011

REPRESENTATIVE Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District, this city supports the idea of renaming the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) into the “Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Airport” to attain global impact.

The suggestion to rename the airport came from Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), when he was here for the inauguration of the newly-renovated Radio Ng Bayan-DXIM of the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS) along San Agustin-Velez Sts., this city, recently.

“Renaming LIA to CDO-MisOr Airport would give way for ‘easy recall’ to the foreign tourists and can ride on the popularity of CDO, which has already carved a niche in the world tourist map,” the PCOO Secretary said.

A former Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the government agency that implements the construction of the LADP, the PCOO Secretary said the airport, should lure more foreign tourists into Northern Mindanao.

Once operational, the airport would now truly become the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao,” which is a very good destination for tourists.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said he is looking into projects that would improve the tourism industry in the region, because of its many potentials to improve the livelihood of the residents, not only of those living near the LADP, but also in the neighboring areas.

He said tourism has many downside industries that can benefit the residents, because tourists would need transportation in going from one destination to another.

They need food to eat. They need places or hotels to stay. They need souvenirs to bring home. They need tourist guides. They need people to do their laundry and they are willing to spend their money to make their visit worthwhile.

So far, the region has many destinations which can be reached in just a single day from the LADP, so that government projects leading towards these areas must be put in place before the it operates, he said.

“In fact, I demanded that the Department of Tourism (DOT) Budget for 2012 be revised, during the recent budget hearing, when I saw that the road improvement leading to the White Water River Rafting and F.S. Catanico Falls in the city, were not included in their budget proposal,” Rodriguez said.

He said DOT now have allocated Php20 million, each, for the improvement of the roads leading to these areas, next year.

Among others, the Congressman mentioned the following destinations, which are accesiblen to the tourists:

Eco Gardens of Malasag in Cagayan de Oro City and the Nature’s Adventure Park in Initao, this province.

Dahilayan Zip Line, Transfiguration Church, Del Monte Pineapple Plantation and the Flower Farms in Bukidnon.

Maria Cristina Falls, Timoga Cold Springs and Macapagal Ancestral Home in Iligan City and Tinago Falls in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. (pia-10)By: Richie Cabahug-Aguhob

Diyandi Festival Sa lligan 2010—city’s major event of the year

BusinessWeek Mindanao
Lorry V. Gabule/PIA Iligan

Iligan City—The San Miguel Fiesta, in honor of the city’s Patron Saint Michael the Archangel every 29th September is undoubtedly the most colorful yearly event in Iligan.

Various activities have been lined up to ensure the lively festivities of the upcoming celebration, showcasing the many wonderful attractions that Iligan offers as the city launched today, September 1, the beginning of its month-long fiesta activity.

Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz of lligan said it will be a Tourism Month celebration considering we have launched also the ‘Bring Home a Friend Program’ of the Department of Tourism in July this year.

We see to it that the traditional fiesta celebration will not be overly extravagant, and we intend to involve the different sectors in our community, the Iliganons, getting a natural high of being able to contribute to the development of the city, expressed Mayor Cruz.

The celebration is highlighted by traditional event, the “Pagpakanaug” on September 20, the lowering of the Patron Saint from its pedestal on the side of the main altar, to another pedestal for its yearly change of costumes, is a sight to behold and a tradition unparalleled.

Although conducted inside the Cathedral, the Pagpakanaug is spearheaded by devotees and participated in by local government officials whereby the city mayor receives the Patron Saint’s helmet; the congressman receives the spear and the chief of police, San Miguel’s shield.

All this occurs with a ritual and a specific count amidst thunderous chants of Viva Senor San Miguel, participated in by thousands of devotees paying tribute to the defender of their faith.

The “Procession” and street celebration on September 29, the Feast Day, at 7:00 in the morning, is attended by throngs of devotees in all assortments of costumes and masks.

Higaonons, angels, Diyandis, Devil and Angels dance, prance and shout in mock battle celebrating the confrontation of Senor San Miguel and Luzbel (Lucifer). Every now and then during the procession, the devotees shout fiercely and forcefully.

Other cultural groups of Iligan, the Maranaos and Higaonons, participate in the feast with the Christian community.
This is evident in the Diyandi, a dance ritual performed by an all-female group showing the courtship between a Maranao male and Higaonon female and culminating in an offering, symbolic of their union and harvest to St. Michael.

The beautiful imagery that the ritual conjures, which aptly describes the peaceful co-existence of the Muslims, Higaonons and Christians of Iligan, gave birth to the ‘Diyandi Festival sa lligan’.

In the morning of September 27 will be the world-wide known Kasadya Street Dancing. And there will be parade of beauties in the evening, with 12 lovely ladies vying for the crown of Miss Iligan 2010, at the Mindanao State University-Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) gymnasium.
Erlito C. Dalangin, over-all chairman of Diyandi Festival Sa lligan 2010, said they invited sports enthusiasts on boxing, basketball, bowling, volleyball, badminton, football, golf, Frisbees and swimming to join the challenge which will start on September 8, so with the motor cross, mountain bike downhill race, and shooting competition.

This year’s fiesta celebration bears the theme, “Wara-wara sa lligan, Tara Na!,” Dalangin disclosed.