A quaint barangay of Linan, some 9 kilometers from the town proper is now on its way to historic 1st Bong Aklahew ( B'laan words for big event) festival, Friday, August 13 - 15, 2010. Linan people - are now preparing the once sleeping barrio into something more attractive and envigorating into the eyes of visitors to watch and be part of history.
Region XII and South Cotabato tourism officials are expected to grace the event. Provincial cultural workers and tourism stakeholders will immerse and be the first customers of Linan "homestay" program after their "tourism summit." The summit will be held in the town proper on August 12.
Pierre Fidenci, president of Endangered Species International (ESI) based in Los Angeles, California has earlier confirmed his attendance to the 3-day festival. Fedenci is interested to put up a "tarsier conservation and rehabilitation project in Linan."
Highlights of their celebration is the launching of their "Community Based Eco- Tourism" (CBET) program and the "Kastifun" of indigenous people on Sunday, August 15, 2010. The 3 day events includes, search for D'wata ng Linan, backpacking for hikers, tribal games, among others.
Mountaineers and backpackers from the neighboring provinces, cities and municipalities are also expected to join the fete. The celebration, the first of its kind to happen in Linan carries the theme "Kalikasan, Kultura at Kalinangan, Susi sa Pagbabago ng Brgy. Linan" and is in line with their 42nd Foundation Anniversary.
Linan Brgy. Chair Reynaldo C. Alburo, Jr., along with the members of his council are doing the best they can to make the event successful and chart a new history of Linan as the newest tourism destination of South Cotabato.
Linan is being developed as model for "Community Based Eco- Tourism" (CBET) in South Cotabato and of Region XII as well. The development is supported by the Department of Tourism, Provincial Government of South Cotabato, the Arts, Culture, Tourism Officers and Sports Coordinators of South Cotabato (ACTS-SC) and the South Cotabato Culture and Arts Foundation. Inc. (tupi.gov.ph)