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Budayaw Festival Formally Opens 

The First BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines, East ASEAN Growth Area) festival of cultures known as Budayaw Festival formally opened on September 20, 2017, 3PM, at Pandan Hall, Greenleaf Hotel, this City.

Headed by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCAA) along with implementing agencies, MSU-GSC, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), LGU General Santos, LGU Sarangani, Department of Tourism XII, and Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) successfully held the formal Opening Ceremony and Grand Country Public Performance at SM Mall Atrium.

More than 280 participating cultural masters, artists and delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines were present during the formal opening ceremony.

City Mayor Rivera on his welcome remarks acknowledged the presence of each guests and delegates from the four countries. Mayor Rivera was thankful that the first Budayaw Festival was hosted in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, General Santos City.

“Feel at home and experience the warmth and hospitality of the people in the region. Enjoy the sites and the wonders of nature immerse into colorful culture and fly high in our colorful region of SOX,” Mayor said.

Mr. VirgilioAlmario, National Artist for Literature and the Chairman of NCCA, said that BIMP-EAGA reminds everyone the central role of our culture in this endeavor and acknowledges shared heritage and deep cultural ties and how culturally rich we have.

Mr. Almario invited everyone to partake of substantial and diverse offerings. Finally, he read his own composition of poem dedicated to the event entitled “Pagkakaisa or Oneness”.

Atty. Abdurahman T. Canacan- MSU GSC Chancellor upheld the importance of BIMP EAGA.

“We believe the true internationalism and multilateralism, we can build a strong BIMP-EAGA and characterized by greater inclusivity and equality,”Canacan said.

Hon. DatuHjAbulKhayerAlonto, Chairman of MinDA, gave the closing remarks and delivered a message that “Culture is a soul of Hope”. (CPIO/Pido/datb)

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