By Philippine News Agency
This second oldest town in Bataan on Friday kicked off the celebration of its 376th founding year with an early morning long parade.
Barangay officials from 14 villages and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) joined the parade along with Mayor Gene dela Fuente, Vice Mayor Aida Macalinao, and other municipal officials.
“This is the time for us to unite, celebrate and enjoy the rich history of Samal, and together, we will build the future of our town for the benefit of our children,” dela Fuente said.
Samal, one of 11 towns aside from a city in the province, was founded on April 20, 1641. It follows Abucay as the oldest town placed under the spiritual ministration of the early Dominicans.
The Image of Saint Catherine of Sienna, town patron saint, was present.
A float depicting a bloody scene of fighting during World War II was in the parade that started from barangay Calaguiman East to the town plaza where a short program was held. Mutya ng Samal candidates were in the float.
The float was adjudged first place among 12 floats during the Araw ng Kagitingan parade of floats.
At the town plaza, various products of Samal are on sale like the well-liked araro cookies.
The celebration ends on April 30, the town feast.