Mayor Marcy Honors Marikeños from Other Places Who Settled in Marikina
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Mayor Marcy Teodoro yesterday paid tribute to Marikeños who came from other parts of the Philippines and decided to settle in Marikina and called the city their home at yesterday’s 19th annual celebration of the Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival.
“Kahit hindi rito nag-umpisa, hindi kabilang ng kahit anumang angkan; ngunit sa isang punto ng kaniyang buhay ay dito na niya piniling manirahan at magtaguyod ng pamilya. Maging ang dito na nakatapos ng pag-aaral o nag-aaral at nagtrabaho ng matagal, welcome!” Mayor Marcy said in a speech at the Marikina Sports Center.
“Salamat sa pagbibigay kulay sa buhay ng Marikina. Aking ikinagagalak na narito kayo ngayon, pinagsama-sama tayo sa isang pagdiriwang. Pagsasamang tumibay pa sa pamamalagi dito sa Marikina. Ito rin ang kahalagahan ng ipinagdiriwang natin ng Rehiyon-Rehiyon taaun-taon,” Mayor Marcy, dressed in a white Barong Tagalog and dark pants, said in a well-applauded speech.
An estimated half a million of Marikina’s citizens were originally from other parts of the country. The celebration of the Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival, which began in 1999, is a tribute to these Marikenos, who contributed to the growth and development of Marikina City and had successfully assimilated into the local way of life.
The festival also marked the 22nd year anniversary of the declaration of Marikina as a city and Mayor Marcy emphasized the contribution of Marikeños who hailed from other provinces and cities and settled in Marikina. The then municipality of Marikina was converted into a city on December 8, 1996 with the passage of Republic Act 8223.
“Mahalaga ring malaman na kasabay ng Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival ay ating Cityhood Anniversary, selebrasyon ng pagkilala simula 1996 sa ating bayang Marikina bilang isang ganap na lungsod. Anuman ang narating natin ngayon, naging malaking bahagi kayo ng mga kapwa ko taga-Marikina,” Mayor Marcy said. “Bahagi kayo ng pinagdaanan at paroroonan pa ng mahal nating lungsod.”
Mayor Marcy also emphasized the importance of unity in keeping the traditions and culture of Marikina, including its values. He said Marikina is known for having Marikeños who are generally good in all aspects of life – good character, good citizens, good neighbors. These values should be passed on to everyone, he added.
“Dito sa Marikina, isa tayong komunidad. Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, ang komunidad, community sa Ingles, ay hango sa salitang ‘communitas’ na ang ibig sabihin ay ‘fellowship’ o ‘pagsasama.’ Ang communitas ay hango sa salitang ‘communis’ na ang ibig sabihin naman ay ‘to strengthen or fortity’ o ‘palakasin at pagtibayin.’ Ito mismo ang ginagawa natin sa Marikina, pinagtitibay anuman ang pareho sa isa’t isa upang mas mapaigting pa ang ating pagsasama,” Mayor Marcy said.
“Isang lungsod ng may mabubuting ugali, ito ang napakagandang katangian nating mga taga-Marikina. Ito rin, higit sa lahat, ang nagbubuklod sa atin. Dahil may pagkilala at pagpapahalaga sa bawat isa, walang sinuman ang gagawa sa kapwa ng hindi maganda o ng lisya. Kaya naman hiling ko sa bawat isa ang pagtuturo ng kabutihan sa kapwa, pagpapahalaga ng may pananagutan tayo simula sa tahanan, simbahan, at lalo na sa ating mga paaralan: kung paano nga ba mabuhay bilang isang taga-Marikina, ang mabuhay araw-araw na may mabuting ugali. May pananagutan at paninindigan para sa kapwa nating taga-Marikina,” he said.
Aside from Mayor Marcy’s speech, the cultural presentations from high school students from 16 schools in Marikina, as well as from the employees of the Schools Division Office (SDO)-Marikina, Local Government of Marikina and the Department of Education (DepEd) were the highlight of the celebration.
The students depicted the various festivals observed by the different regions in the country through dances and costumes. The teachers and employees, on the other hand, presented Marikina’s folk dance, “Lerion-Lerion,” and the “Sayaw ng Pagkakaisa.”
The celebration started with a parade from A. Bonifacio Avenue in Brgy. Barangka, featuring street dances from the participating schools, and culminated in cultural presentations at the Marikina Sports Center.
The event was attended by Francis “Bong” Go, President Durterte’s former special assistant, who was the guest of honor, as well as local government officials including City Councilors, Marikina City Hall employees, teachers from DepEd, barangay officials, Ms. Marikina candidates and citizens from various communities in Marikina.
The press later on interviewed Mayor Marcy and SAP Go.
(Photo credits: Reuwell Dela Paz, Tourism Operations student from STI Marikina; Facebook post of Archie Diaz Andes; and Marikina PIO)
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