Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the municipal chief executives for their unwavering support to make this year’s celebration memorable as well as remarkable.
“Your support in this 60th celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte is much appreciated. It just shows how cooperative you are in attaining a goal that is common to us, and that is fostering unity amongst our people that are culturally diverse in order to attain sustainable peace and prosperity,” Dimaporo said.
For her part, Department of Tourism (DOT) for Mindanao Assistant Secretary Myra Paz V. Abubakar,said the DOT is in full swing to support the effort of the provinces, cities, and municipalities to promote tourism and provide access roads to potential tourist spots for the convenience of tourist in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
After the presentation of the seven contingents coming from the high schools of the Municipalities of Magsaysay, Lala, Liangan-Bacolod, Kapatagan, Pantar, MSU Balo-i, and Maigo, the third place was bagged by Magsaysay National High School while Kapatagan National High School and Lala National High School garnered the second and third spots.
Special Award was given to Pantar National High School as the Best Dimasangkay (the villain), and Best Bantugan (hero) was received by Magsaysay National High School.
The winning schools also bagged P500,000, P300,000 and P200,000 cash prize for the first to third placers respectively while non-winning schools received P50,000 each,.
Sagayan is a story about Datu Bantugan who have fiercely fought his enemies to defend and protect his family and their communities against any form of abuse or threat from other tribes.
In Lanao del Norte, Sagayan is celebrated to exhibit the rich culture of the province and the unity to stand against any act that would threaten the harmonious relationship of the people.
In 1994, the provincial government through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan issued Resolution No. 140 adopting Sagayan as the cultural dance of Lanao del Norte.