A series of activities have been set from August 5-10 for the Samar Day celebration with the call for unity, cooperation and stability as the theme.
Hannia Tan, newly-designated provincial tourism officer, said the opening on August 5 will usher a Farmers and Fishermen Congress and a medical-dental mission in identified Catbalogan barangays that will run for the whole week. There will also be a press conference with Governor Sharee Ann Tan on the same day.
The provincial government has also prepared exciting prizes for participants in the Vice Governor’s Cup Shoot fest.
On August 6, a Waray-Waray song writing competition will be held while kids enjoy a children’s party at the park.
On August 7, the Samar Provincial Tourism Council will announce the winner of a year-long contest on tourism slogan writing. A job fair and Pinoy Rap Contest and a dinner with the governor is set to cap the evening.
A Battle of the Brains is scheduled on August 8 where high school students will be pitted against each other on questions on current events and Samar historical trivia. A Bingo Bonanza exclusively for tricycle drivers will also be held on the same day, to be followed by an acoustic concert, the final event for the night.
Meanwhile, the search for Mutya han Samar will be staged on August 9 where muses from 24 towns and two cities vie for exciting prizes and the honor to be crowned Mutya han Samar.
On August 10, Samar Provincial Hospital personnel will conduct a blood-letting activity led by Dr. Maribel Pedrigal followed by a drum and lyre corps competition.
On Sunday, the public will be treated to a grand showdown of festivals where all 26 local government units will have a chance to showcase their festivals to boost local tourism in the afternoon.
Towards the late afternoon, residents will be given a chance to win appliances, furniture, cash and other exciting prizes in the Variety Show and Grand Raffle Draw.
The organizers say all these activities are meant to enjoin each Samarnon towards unity, cooperation and stability as the provincial administration turns a new leaf in Samar’s history. (Ninfa Iluminda B. Quirante/PIA 8-Samar)