Magsaysay Municipal Mayor Azisah Omar expressed her sincerest gratitude to Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support received by the Municipality during her speech in the opening ceremony of the 22nd Araw ng Magsaysay’s Niyogan Festival & its 53rd Founding Anniversary.
The Provincial Government through Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo actively supports Municipal Festivities, one way to promote tourism in the Province of Lanao del Norte “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.”
The essence of Niyogan Festival are: To promote the potentiality of Magsaysay in Coconut production; To promote and develop the coconut industry for tourism; Establish its identity from other municipalities in and out of the province, and To promote peace and unity in spite of cultural differences.
Niyogan Festival was first celebrated way back in the year 1997 on the 23rd of May through the efforts of the Sangguniang Bayan of Magsaysay by virtue of Resolution no. 36.s. 1997 and honored to be the tourist attraction of the town inviting tourists to witness the lively people of Magsaysay united under one common goal of peace and development.
One of the awaited events in the Niyogan Festival is the Street Dancing Competition. This year, Magsaysay National High School bagged 1st place and proclaimed Champion followed by Tambacon Elementary School as 2nd placer, while Sergio P. Cerujales Jr. National High school grabbed the 3rd spot.
The performers of the Street Dancing showcase the multiuse of the ‘Niyog’ (Coconut) through their costumes and props. The coconut tree is called the tree of life because it can be a source of numerous products generated from the tree. From its roots up to its leaves it can be a source of food, one can make a shelter from it, can be processed as fuel, can be use as decorations, and even medicines.
The Provincial Government through the initiative of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo along with 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo supports the Municipalities of the province in promoting their festivals in preserving their culture and fostering unity among the residents. Local tourists and even foreigners are amazed to this unique relationship between this culturally diverse people of the province, Muslims, Christians and Lumads living harmoniously together towards prosperity by sustaining peace and unity. PIO-LDN