Butuan City - The most awaited colorful month-long celebration of the "2013 Balanghai Festival" was formally launched at Butuan City's renovated beautiful Guingona Park yesterday.
The 26th Balanghai Festival activity was attended by top city officials and other concerned line Agencies of the government led by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr..
Along with other officials of the city tourism council, representatives from the various sectors and event organizers, the start of the month-long celebration already lined up several activities including the prestigious "Mutya Hong Butuan".
In his opening remarks, Mayor Amante said the festivities will be filled with some exciting events and programs to be anticipated by Butuanons and visitors who wish to watch or take part of the said festival.
Among the highlights of the festival was the opening of the beautiful fountain at the park and 2013 Balanghai" street dancing .
Fortun said that the city has become a favorite venue for conventions and conferences for the past two years. The Butuanons, he said, should double their efforts of promoting the city as a peaceful and beautiful place to visit.
The city chief executive hoped that Butuan City officials and the public will work together as "one team" for the success of the festivities.
Mayor Amante hoped that the "Balangayan" spirit which is characterized by camaraderie, unity, synergy, determination and resilience will inspire the people of Butuan as they celebrate the 26th Balanghai Festival.
On the other hand, Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun also said the new things are happening in the city which has attracted not only "Balikbayans" and other visitors but also domestic and foreign tourists to visit the city.
Meanwhile, coinciding the month-long "2013 Balanghai Festival", officials of the the city government and the Department of Health (DoH-13) inaugurated yesterday the more than P24.5 million worth of health facilities at Barangay Tiniwisan yesterday.
The P14.5 million brand new Butuan City Health Office (CHO), beside the Butuan Medical Center was inaugurated.
The officials also inaugurated the newly renovated intensive care unit (ICU), emergency room (ER) and Senior Citizen Ward (SCW) of BMC.
The BMC is currently undergoing some P10 million worth of infrastructure projects, aiming to complete the modernization program of the two-story left and right wing hospital.
The city government is budgeting to at least P15 million health program for 2013.