PhilHealth-12 3rd in Thematic Tnalak Parade

Philhealth XII won third place in the thematic parade competition that opened the week-long 47th South Cotabato Anniversary and 14th Tnalak Festival twin celebration, Friday.

“We are proud to represent Philhealth Regional Office XII for this annual province-wide celebration,” Chief of the Management Services Division, Merlie Sabug said.

World-class locally operated resort, The Farm at Carpenter Hill  and power distributor South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative won the first and second places, respectively.

During the thematic parade, which replaced the traditional civic-military parade, Philhealth personnel featured Mt. Matutum with fairies and nymphs including T’boli’s and Walt Disney royal princes and princesses.

Other participants from various government and private individual and organizations were also in multi-colored costumes featuring different cultures supporting this year’s theme: Uniquely South Cotabato.

Gov. Hon. Daisy P. Avance Fuentes said she wanted to bring back the spirit of unity and camaraderie among the people of the province.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to every individual and organization who are here to participate. Without your support, we cannot make it . . .We are also inviting everyone to visit the bahay kubo set up along Alunan Avenue showcasing different products of the province. I appreciate the presence of all the Mayors who were there last night,” the governor said.

On Saturday, the Philippine Red Cross spearheaded Fun Run for Unity where Philhealth XII was among the participants.

This year’s Tnalak festivities also feature Agri Fair and Plant Exhibit at Judge Alba Street; Live Band @ ProTech (Acoustic & Folk Song) at the Production and Technology Center; Bahay Kubo and Product Display Competition along Alunan Avenue; Grand T'nalak Exhibit and Haute Couture Display KCC Mall of Marbel; nightly Live Band Entertainment (Beerfest) in front of the South Cotabato Sports complex, all in the City of Koronadal.

On the other hand, Technology Training on Essential Oil Extraction; South Cotabato Regional, Industrial and Trade Expo, Product Demo on Pottery, T'nalak Weaving and other crafts; World War 11 Veterans Memorabilia Exhibit; Trade & Industrial skills Competition; Search for Uniquely South Cotabato Cuisine & Delicacies and Mega Job Fair are all done at the Gaisano Grand Mall.

The usual Street Dancing Showdown, Disco sa Kalye and Fireworks Display along Alunan Avenue will conclude the one week celebration on July 18. (philhealthxii)
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