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Nationwide simultaneous ‘ASEAN50 lantern’ lighting

Aug 10, 2017

(ASEAN50 LANTERN LIGHTING. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (6th, R) and Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew
Nepomuceno (5th, R) lead the city’s commemorative lighting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations lantern at
the iconic Salakot, Tuesday at the Bayanihan Park. The lantern lighting marks the country’s hosting and celebration
of ASEAN’s 50th founding year. Photo Courtesy of Bruno Tiotuico, ACTO)

In AC...

ANGELES CITY - To kick off the country’s hosting of the 50th founding year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), this city led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, joined the nationwide simultaneous ASEAN50 lantern lighting, Tuesday at the Bayanihan Park.

With the theme “Under One Light, We Are One ASEAN”, the celebration, spearheaded by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), signifies the country’s homage and unity among ASEAN members.

The commemorative program aimed at raising public awareness on the country’s hosting of the ASEAN anniversary. It also highlights the importance and benefits of being a member of the ASEAN community which goals are geared towards better programs and projects for peace and security, prosperity, socio-cultural development and international understanding.

Mayor Pamintuan, who is also the National President of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), said that “ASEAN hopes to be a tool to bridge gaps for mutual progress and development among member countries”.

“Angeles City is one with the other member-countries of ASEAN in accelerating economic growth, social progress and cultural development through joint endeavours in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations,” said.

“We, as part of the ASEAN populace, need to engage ourselves in developing our skills and competence to be at par with other nations. Unity is what our nation needs to have better economy, education, and foreign relations,” Pamintuan furthered.

The ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with fi ve pioneering countries named as the “Five Founding Fathers” which include Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Sinukwan Kapampangan Center for the Arts showcased a stirring interpretative dance performance of the ASEAN commemorative hymn.

The nationwide lighting of the ASEAN50 lantern was simultaneously lit by participating cities and key areas at seven o’clock in the evening. A grand fi reworks display and a mardi gras of Filipino ethnic dances concluded the city’s commemorative event at the iconic ‘Salakot’.

Gracing the celebration are Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno and members of the city council, DILG City Director Martin Moral, local government offi cials, barangay officials, local government employees, and representatives from non-govermental organizations.

Students from the diff erent educational institutions in the city including tourism students from the City College of Angeles, also attended the program as part of their immersion activity.

 –AC-CIO with reports from Arvin Concepcion, Vincent Dimarucut, & Jiane Carreon

...In CSF

The City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday joined the simultaneous ASEAN lantern lighting in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Reden Halili, Nelson Lingat and BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan and other department heads, and members of the Giant Lantern Festival executive committee led the ceremonial lighting of the ASEAN lantern in front of the Heroes Hall building.

Pangilinan shared that “the activity was conducted in more than 50 local government units in the country that either served as venues for previous and present ASEAN meetings and activities and hosts of ASEAN centers and institutions or have signified interest to participate in the golden celebration.”

Designed by renowned Fernandino craftsman Arvin Quiwa, the lantern features the ASEAN logo and its colors, and the national symbols of the Philippines such as the Sampaguita flower and Anahaw leaf.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas, in his welcome remarks, said the commemorative event also seeks to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.

“This lantern guides the path of the ten ASEAN member states towards peace and security, prosperity, and socio-cultural development,” he added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said it is a privilege for the city of San Fernando to be part of this historic event highlighting that the ASEAN has facilitated a closer economic, political, social and cultural cooperation among countries.

“Without each one of us, the impossible will remain as it is, but because we come together as one, we can truly achieve the far-fetched dreams to be possible,” he added.

Meanwhile, another ASEAN lantern was also lighted up at the City Hall along with the giant lanterns which were displayed since Christmas season in 2016.


...and in Muñoz

SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ -- Government workers, youths and the ordinary folk expressed a collective gush as lanterns were switched on at city hall here Tuesday, eve of the historic 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Mayor Nestor Alvarez said the city being chosen as among the few cities to light up for the celebration was in itself an honor for the city that the locals would cherish.

This he said, symbolizes the strong cooperation and unity among countries in the region. “Let these lights inspire everyone to further unity and cooperation towards progress of the Philippines, along with our neighbors,” Alvarez said.

A presentation from the city government scholars and fireworks display preceded the lighting at about 8 p.m.

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