By Niño Luces
LIGAO CITY, Albay – The local government of Ligao City in the province of Albay has cut short the annual celebration of Sunflower Festival this year.
Mayor Patricia Gonzales-Alsua said this is in response to the growing threat to public health and safety posed by the confirmed local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, and subsequent Presidential Proclamation No. 922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines, the supposed one-week celebration will only be held one day.
Gonzales said that all events will be done during the 19th Cityhood Anniversary on March 24. These include the thanksgiving mass, a tree planting activity, job fair, raffle draw, blessing and opening of heritage library, ribbon cutting of science and technology showcase, eco-bag design painting contest, Sinrang Awarding ceremony and LGU night.
“Ang mga events na ito ay pinili natin dahil hindi naman gaano kalaki ang mga crowds ng mga ito,” she said.
Except for the 5th Sunflower Festival National Enduro Challenge, the event will push through on Sunday, March 15.
“Yung Enduro Challenge naman ay may distansiya naman yung bawat isa and does not require a big crowd,” the mayor told the Manila Bulletin.
Among the postponed events “until further notice” are the Color Run, concert of Michael Pangilinan, and Coastal Caravan.