The people of the Municipality of Lala proudly commemorates its cultural heritage by showcasing the bountiful harvest of one of the most valuable products in town, the crab or alimango in local dialect. On March 22, 2019, thousands of spectators gathered at the municipal tourism plaza to witness the much awaited annual street dancing participated by the different schools of the municipality.

Municipal Officials headed by Mayor Allan J. Lim together with Vice Mayor Almario S. Guzman and the honorable members of the Sangguniang Bayan was pleased to prseent the most anticipated program which will culminate the weeklong festivity, the Street Dancing. Street dancing exhibits the ingenuity of the youth of Lala, especially the students from MSU-IIT Integrated Rural Development Academy, Lanao School of Science and Technology Incorporated, Lala National High School and Chris the King College de Maranding. These four contingents successfully combined their ideas to deliver a clear message of the importance of protecting the Panguil Bay, the source of livelihood for the people of the surrounding communities.

Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo sincerely expressed her appreciation to the combined efforts of the Festival Working Committee led by Honorary Chairman Mayor Allan J. Lim. Governor Angging as well took the opportunity to personally thanked the people of Lala for believing on their stand against the inclusion of the six municipalities to BARMM. “What we stand for is not for us, it is for the people of our beloved Lanao del Norte. With your help and trust and through the unity between the Muslim and Christian residents our province, we are now progressive and develop. More and more investors have expressed their intention to come and invest their money in our province. Like the Gaisano Grand, the Jollibee in Tubod with drive-thru and the Seven Eleven Convenience Store. These are just some of the many companies that will be opening their businesses here in our province. Let us continue to be united and more projects from the national government will come like the construction of the Panguil Bay Bridge.”

In creating sustainable livelihood, the visionary leader and the father of peace of the province, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo urges people, particularly the youth to help in the preservation and protection of the Pangui Bay. On the other hand, Congressman Bobby reminded the youth to concentrate on their study to have a better future.

Vice Governor Maria Cristy N. Atay also thanked the elected officials of the municipality for the successful celebration of the 70th Araw ng Lala cum 18th Alimango Festival with the theme, “Katatagan at Pagkakaisa para sa Ligtas at Maunlad na Bayan ng Lala” which highlights the contributions of the hardworking constituents and the Department of Education-Division of Lanao del Norte for supporting the festivity by allowing the students to participate.

The good governance and the leadership of the Quibranza-Dimaporo leads the province towards development and progress by sustaining the unity between the Muslim and the Christian residents. Mayor Lim deeply recognizes the sincerity of Governor Angging, Congressman Khalid and Congressman Bobby in selflessly serving the people of Lanao del Norte.

In giving thanks to the people, the mountainous 1.5 tons of half cooked crabs was up for grabs to the public to partake in celebration of the festivity.

The result for 2019 Street Dancing Competition, Christ the King College de Maranding was declared the Grand Champion, followed by Lala National High School, 2nd Place goes to MSU-IIT IRDA and LSSTI bagged the 3rd Place.

And for the Alimango Booth Contest, Barangay San Isidro Lower took the 1st Place for the second time, Barangay Maranding grabbed 2nd Place and Barangay Pacita won 3rd Place. PIO-LDN