Congresswoman Dimaporo delivers health services to 2 towns

1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo speaks before local residents of Bacolod to emphasis the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo speaks before local residents of Bacolod to emphasis the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – In the celebration of her 57th birthday, Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo organized a free medical and dental mission for the coastal towns of Bacolod and Maigo, this province.

 
More than 1,000 indigent residents from the two municipalities availed of free medical check-up and tooth extraction on January 11 and 12, 2016.  Patients were also given free medicines and vitamins to help improve their health condition.
 
Congresswoman Dimaporo also distributed medicine kits to senior citizens and donuts to children present during the healthcare outreach activity.
 
The two-day humanitarian event had the theme “Gikan sa Inyo, Para Kaninyo”.  
 
Doctors and nurses from the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Hospitals were tapped to provide medical consultations and assistance, while personnel from the Provincial Community Affairs Office and 1st and 2nd congressional offices gave logistical support for the medical mission.  LAR & VNL-PIO/LDN

23 Lanao del Norte barangays receive mini-dump trucks and Bongo vehicles

Brgy. Captains of Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tagoloan together with their town mayors pose with Governor Khalid Dimaporo and Vice-Governor Cristy Atay after receiving their mini dump trucks from the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Brgy. Captains of Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tagoloan together with their town mayors pose with Governor Khalid Dimaporo and Vice-Governor Cristy Atay after receiving their mini dump trucks from the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Lanao del Norte – 23 barangays from this progressive province formally received their brand new mini-dump trucks during a simple turn-over ceremony held at the covered court area of the provincial capitol grounds, Brgy. Pigcarangan, in capital town Tubod.

 
The ceremony was led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo who urged the barangay officials present to consistently deliver excellent public service to their local residents.
 
“Being in the frontline and being able to interact with your constituents on a daily basis puts you all in a unique position to bring the government closer to the people”, said Governor Dimaporo.
 
Recipients of the mini-dump trucks include 21 barangays from Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND) town, Brgy. Baris of Tubod, and Brgy. Dalamas of Tagoloan.  All recipients of the mini-dump trucks belong to the 1st District of Lanao del Norte.
 
In addition, four barangays from Sultan Naga Dimaporo were also given brand-new Bongo vehicles by the provincial government on December 18, 2015.
 
“Dako kaayo namong pasalamat kang Governor Khalid Dimaporo sa pagsalig kanamo ug sakyanan alang sa kaayohan sa among barangay. Kini among ampingan sa kanunay ug kami maga suporta sa programa sa atong probinsya”, expressed one Brgy. Captain from SND during the turn-over rites.
 
The  barangay captains also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) expressing the barangay LGU’s commitment to keep the new utility vehicles in good running condition and to provide budget for its regular maintenance.
 
The utility vehicle distribution activity is a component of the ‘Kabarangayan Sigurado’ program of Governor Dimaporo and part of the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative. LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Sinulog contingent continues to shine during rehearsals

Lanao del Norte contingent practices at the grand stage of the Abellana National School of Cebu City for its eight straight participation in the world-renowned Sinulog Festival.

Lanao del Norte contingent practices at the grand stage of the Abellana National School of Cebu City for its eight straight participation in the world-renowned Sinulog Festival.

Cebu City, Cebu –  The Lanao del Norte contingent who is now on its eight straight appearance in the biggest cultural festival in the country continues to show their superb routine execution and stage brilliance which made them one of the crowd favorites in the annual Sinulog Festival.

 
Performing a Maranao war dance-inspired routine, this out-of-town group popularly known also as “Land of Beauty and Bounty” has seamlessly merged together ‘Darangen’, an epic Maranao story, and the story of Miraculous Sto. Niño the patron saint of Cebu City.
 
“We took the basic elements of the Darangen especially its storyline and merge it with the story of Sto. Niño who is our infinite source of peace and love. Through the intervention of key characters like Bai-A-Labi and with the guidance and blessing of Sr. Sto. Niño lasting peace was finally achieved in the end”, explained Sagayan Consultant Melvin Pascubillo.
 
The contingent is also assisted by Maximar Custodio and Emerito Custodio who are tapped as artistic consultants. The Custodio brothers are providing the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ dancers with their expertise on how to deliver a flawless and crisp performance.
 
Dancers of the contingent are composed of public school students from Bansarvil National High School of the coastal town of Kapatagan.
 
The chief choreographer of the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is Mark Eric Debalucos.
 
Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada is also taking part in the annual Search for Sinulog Festival Queen. On January 14, 2016, Mejorada was one of 11 lead dancers who participated in the Festival Queen Costume and Runway Competition held at the Right Wing of SM-Cebu.
 
Lanao del Norte is assigned as the first out-of-town group in the carousel of contingents during the highly anticipated Street Dancing competition on January 18, 2016. The group is set to participate again in the highly-competitive Free Interpretation category of the Festival. 
 
The ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will be led by Provincial Governor Khalid Dimaporo together with Vice-Governor Cristy Atay and members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan.  VNL/PIO-LDN
 
 
Photo caption1:  Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada dances during the Festival Queen Costume and Runway Competition held at the Right Wing of SM-Cebu on January 14, 2016.

Lanao del Norte to showcase Maranao war dance in Sinulog 2016

Dancers belonging to the Lanao del Norte contingent practice for their eight straight participation in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City. The group will be showcasing its unique Maranao war dance in the Free Interpretation category of the Festival.

Dancers belonging to the Lanao del Norte contingent practice for their eight straight participation in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City. The group will be showcasing its unique Maranao war dance in the Free Interpretation category of the Festival.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – The Lanao del Norte contingent collectively known as ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will be performing a Maranao war dance-inspired routine in the Free Interpretation category of the highly anticipated Sinulog Festival of Cebu City.

This will be Lanao del Norte’s eight straight participation in the world-renowned festival of the Queen City of the South.
 
“This year’s grand presentation is the result of the unanimous decision of our province’s organizing committee when we had our post-Sinulog evaluation last year”, revealed Information Officer Lyndon Calica.
 
The Lanao del Norte contingent will be showcasing the ‘Sagayan’, a Maranao war dance performed to ward off evil spirits.  The dancers of the contingent will be performing a modernized version of the Darangen, a Maranao epic story, depicting two warring groups that were eventually reconciled and united by Bai-A-Labi who succeeded in bringing lasting peace.
 
This is one of the biggest contingent sent by the provincial government in its annual participation of the Sinulog Festival.
 
“We have more 400 individuals comprising our Sinulog delegation. This consists of 96 dancers, 20 ritualists, 200 propsmen, and 35 instrumentalists. We also have teams providing support for our Sinulog performers like our medical personnel, documentation team, carpenters, drivers, food personnel, working committee and even our own internal security group”, said Tourism Head Minda Regis.
 
The Lanao del Norte group will again be led by Provincial Governor Khalid Dimaporo. Dimaporo is the lone Muslim leader joining the biggest cultural festival in the country.
 
“Through our continued participation in the Sinulog, we want to show to the entire country that in Lanao del Norte there is unity between the Muslims and Christians, that we are a peaceful and progressive province. We also want to underscore the trade relations we have with Cebu City that has contributed much to the fast-paced development of Lanao del Norte”, said Governor Dimaporo.
 
Dancers of the contingent are composed of public school students from Bansarvil National High School of the coastal town of Kapatagan.
 
The chief choreographer of the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is Mark Eric Debalucos.
 
Leading the Lanao del Norte performers is their lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada who is also the reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte. She will be joining this year’s Search for Sinulog Festival Queen. VNL/PIO-LDN

Provincial employees deliver Christmas gifts to mental patients

Lanao del Norte provincial employees serenaded the patients of Happy Home Foundation, Inc. with a few Christmas songs during their latest visit in the mental health center.

Lanao del Norte provincial employees serenaded the patients of Happy Home Foundation, Inc. with a few Christmas songs during their latest visit in the mental health center.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 40 employees of the provincial government of Lanao del Norte personally delivered their Christmas presents to patients of Happy Home Mental Health Center in Maramag town, Bukidnon on December 21, 2015.

 
The provincial employees belonged to the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO), Provincial Information Office (PIO), and Project Management Office headed by Lyndon Calica.
 
“This is our simple way of celebrating Christmas and helping the least among us.  Despite their condition they still need to feel the spirit of Christmas”, said Calica.
 
This is the second time that the group visited the mental facility to distribute their Christmas gifts.
 
To raise funds for their trip to Happy Home Foundation, Inc. and buy food and gifts for the patients, the employees did some Christmas caroling in the capital town of Tubod and nearby municipalities.
 
During the short program at the health center, the patients were entertained by the PGLDN band and dance presentations by select employees.  The patients also joined in the parlor games facilitated by leaders of the group.  
 
“We are blessed that despite the distance from Lanao del Norte to Bukidnon, you came here for our brothers and sisters who are in dire need of emotional support. I thank the Lord for having you all again here in our center, especially to Lyndon and Liza Calica”, expressed the Happy Home Administrator Sr. Nieves.
 
For her part, 1st District Congresswoman Imelda Dimaporo also donated bath soaps, while PGLDN officials gave cash donations.
 
After the gift-giving activity, the provincial employees then proceeded to Mt. Moriah, World Harvest Ministry, in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon for their Christmas party.
 
The program was also witnessed by the Foundation nuns, staff nurses and watchers.
LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

Indigent kids, volunteer health workers receive Christmas gifts from Lanao del Norte LGU

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (second from the right) personally leads the distribution of gifts to members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) during the annual Pamaskong Handog program of the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (second from the right) personally leads the distribution of gifts to members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) during the annual Pamaskong Handog program of the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 1,500 indigent kids and volunteer health workers from different towns of this peaceful province eagerly received their Christmas gifts from the provincial government through its Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO).

 
The annual gift-giving activity dubbed as ‘Pamaskong Handog’ is an initiative of Governor Khalid Dimaporo.
 
Pamaskong Handog is part of the month-long Christmas celebration of the Lanao del Norte government known as “Paskohan sa Lanao del Norte”. The yuletide festivity includes Christmas Lantern and Christmas Tree contests,Christmas Carolling contest, and Christmas Belen contest.
 
The invited children each received gift packs containing toys, candies and chocolates while members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) each received Noche Buena grocery packs.
 
The Christmas gift distribution event was held on December 18, 2015 at the covered Tennis court of the Provincial Capitol grounds.
 
“I am happy to join all of you in your Christmas celebration.  This is our simple way of saying ‘thank you’ for all your support in my three terms as Provincial Governor.  I hope ‘Pamaskong Handog’ will still be continued in the coming years even after I step down as Governor”, expressed Governor Khalid Dimaporo during his message.
 
Rianas Snack Inn and Catering Services, a local food catering company, bagged the top prize in the Christmas Lantern and Christmas Tree contests of the ‘Paskohan sa Lanao del Norte’ Festival organized by the Provincial Tourism Office.  LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN