PGMA opens 2009 ZaNorte “Hudyaka” Festival Friday

May 28, 2009 1:25 pm 

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, May 28 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will formally open tomorrow (Friday) the 2009 ZaNorte “Hudyaka” Festival in this “Shrine City” of the Philippines.

She will also lead the tree-planting activity here, visit the Rizal Zamboanga del Norte Shrine, and inaugurate the P200-million Gloria FantasyLand owned by former Congressman Romeo Jalosjos.

It will be the first time that this city will host the “Hudyaka” Festival, which is designed to promote Zamboanga del Norte’s thriving tourism industry.

The festival, which runs from May 29 to June 7, coincides with the 57th Founding Anniversary of the province.

Started by Zamboanga del Norte Gov. Rolando Yebes in 2005, the festival has since become a grand annual event for the ZaNortenons to show off their best.

Hudyaka is a Visayan term meaning joyful, vigorous, cheerful, full of action, merrymaking and grand celebration.

This year’s Hudyaka ZaNorte festival features a concoction of the different dance festivals of the 25 municipalities and two cities of ZaNorte where festival champs of each town and city converge in a single celebration.

People from over ZaNorte join in the merrymaking, while local government units showcase their agricultural products and eco-tourism destinations in native booths.

Dubbed as the “Twin-City Province,” Zamboanga del Norte is known for the beauty and charm of the Orchid City of Dipolog and the historical, rustic quintness of the Shrine City of Dapitan.

The Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal lived in exile in this city, then a sleepy town, from 1892 to 1896, to practice medicine, conduct scientific studies, and pursue his artistic and literary endeavors.

The province is also famous for its Dakak Beach with its beautifully-shaped cove and powdery white sand, famous for its diving sites and magnificent sunset horizon. (PNA)

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