The municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur marked its 50th founding anniversary on Monday, May 8, with the celebration of “Araw ng Bayog”and “Palad-Palad Festival 2017” along with staging “Miss Bayog 2017” beauty pageant.
Bayog, a third class municipality about 78 kilometers east from Pagadian City, was established as the 29th municipality of Zamboanga del Sur on May 8, 1967 by virtue of RA 4872 authored by then Lone District of Zamboanga del Sur Representative Vinzenso Sagun. “Through the years of developmental growth, it pierced numerous blocks and various challenges to reach what Bayog is today,” Bayog Municipality Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr said.
Palad Palad Festival, a yearly celebration of Bayog’s establishment as a municipality, is based on the traditional Subanen thanksgiving ritual for the “Palad Palad” (blessings) received in the previous year. The celebration showcases Zamboanga del Sur’s tribal dance and live music with the participants wearing indigenous costumes.
The 30-minute traditional world-class dance performance by more than 100 Bayog local participants, mostly the youth dressed in colorful and traditional costumes, highlighted the Golden Anniversary program at the jam-packed Bayog Gym in the Municipal Hall compound.
Bayog’s cluster representative candidates of the yearly Miss Bayog beauty pageant also highlighted the program. “I’m inviting everyone to come and visit the beautiful places in our municipality of Bayog,” said this year’s winner, Saira Anoos Comie from Cluster 1.
#TeamTabak joins ‘50th Araw ng Bayog’
The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army took part in the culminating activities with Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army as program guest of honor and speaker.
“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. If all of us shall aspire to sustain peace, we shall be strong as we are united in the pursuit of peace and development. The municipality’s aim for excellence and unity has contributed in fulfilling our mandate for peace and progress in this part of Zamboanga del Sur,” BGen. Bautista said in his message.
Bayog area, under the operational responsibility of the 44th Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade, has been a witness to the TABAK Division’s struggles in achieving its mission to attain peace, security and development, according to BGen. Bautista.
44IB Commander Lt. Col. Zacarias B. Batalla said: “The Battalion has been vigorously participating with the activities of the municipality including the Palad Palad Festival 2017. These actions of your military are sincere steps in bringing the TABAK Division closer to Bayog community.”