Aquino declares March 14 a special non-working day in Passi City, Iloilo in celebration of its 14th anniversary

March 4, 2012 12:57 pm 

MANILA, March 3 – President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared March 14 which falls on a Wednesday as a special non-working day in Passi City, Iloilo in celebration of the 14th Foundation Day of the city.

By virtue of Proclamation No. 344 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on February 22, the President issued the proclamation to give the people of Passi City the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Passi is considered as one of the oldest towns in the province of Iloilo.

On January 30, 1998, Passi became the only component city in the Island of Panay by virtue of Republic Act No. 8469. The City of Passi lies in the central part of Panay Island that is divided into the four provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo.

Passi City will stage the annual Pintados de Pasi Festival to commemorate the city’s anniversary.

The highlight of the celebration is the theatrical-street dancing performances by the Pintados. The performers wear traditional body tattoos with elaborate geometrical designs and dramatize stories about the town’s history. (PNA) scs/PCOO/js/utb

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