ALABEl, Sarangani (August 24, 2016) – Officers and members of the Mt. Matutum Lions Club District 301-E take a souvenir photo with Angeline Dialane who received a wheelchair from Jollibee Group Foundation Tuesday, August 23, at the Capitol. Also in photo are Cesario Cagas (2nd from left), chief of staff of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, and Schools Division Superintendent Isagani dela Cruz (5th from left). (Tres Besana /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 24, 2016) - Angeline Dialane, 18, who graduated in Alternative Learning System on August 11, receives a wheelchair donated by the Jollibee Group Foundation Tuesday, August 23, at the Capitol lobby. Leticia Cabang, a member of the Governor's Commission on Education, presented the case of Dialane to Mt. Matutum Lions Club District 301-E, in which she is also a member. The club reached out to solicit help for Angeline. (Tres Besana /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 24, 2016) - Cesario Cagas, chief of staff of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, speaks in his behalf to extend gratitude to the partners from non-government organizations who helped Angeline Dialane who graduated from the Alternative Learning System on August 11. Dialane received a wheelchair donated by the Jollibee Group Foundation through the help of Mt. Matutum Lions Club District 301-E Tuesday, August 23, at the Capitol. (Tres Besana /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DAVAO CITY (August 23, 2016) - Street dancers of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School prepare for the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan street dancing competition during the 31st Kadayawan Festival on August 20. The contingent bagged the championship spot, taking home the grand prize of P500,000. Formerly known as Kling National High School, the school was renamed after the first congressman of Sarangani, the late Rep. James L. Chiongbian, grandfather of Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon. (Kim Tiblani /PGO)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 23, 2016) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon poses with teachers and students of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School at the Capitol flag-raising ceremony Monday, August 22. The Sarangani contingent competed in the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. The Sarangani street dancers, who were in their first foray to Kadayawan, were declared grand champion, beating 11 other contingents, and winning P500,000. (Kim Tiblani /PGO)
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 23, 2016) - From left, Renato Fantone, municipal agriculturist; Vice Mayor Tito Balazon Sr.; Councilor Edgardo del Rosario; Maguling-Luan Rice Farmers Association Incorporated (MAGLURIFA, Inc.) president Javier Rivac; Teddy Alvior, MAGLURIFA director; and Municipal Agriculture Office staff Dinamae Unay and Noel Naungayan gather during the turnover of a mini tractor in front of the Municipal Hall Monday, August 22. In Barangay Maguling, around 295 hectares are cultivated for rice, banana, coconut and corn comprising about 2.45% of the total land area of Maitum. The tractor will benefit 160 farmer-beneficiaries by providing them immediate land preparation and quality harvest in general. (James Doctor /MAITUM CDIO)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (August 23, 2016) - Mayor Atty. Tessa D. Constantino and police provincial director Sr. Supt. Joseph P. Semillano spearhead the ceremonial torching of uprooted illegal weeds seized from the remote Barangay Bo. Blaan. Sr. Insp. Richard Pabalinas said 243 hills of marijuana plants were destroyed on August 18, a day before the mass orientation and oath-taking of some 1,200 drug users and pushers in Malungon. The activity was witnessed by PDEA-12 regional director Lyndon P. Aspacio, municipal councilors, and some punong barangays. (MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (August 23, 2016) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon stresses the provincial government’s full support in the battle against illegal drugs during the surrender of some 1,200 drug dependents and pushers in Malungon on August 19. Seated from left are Flor G. Limpin, DILG provincial director; Vice Mayor Mariano ‘Jun’ Escalada; PDEA-12 regional director Lyndon P. Aspacio; former Mayor Reynaldo F. Constantino; and the latter’s lawyer daughter, incumbent Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino. (Vonvon Dela Cuesta /MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 22, 2016) - After begging off three times due to lack of funds, the James L. Chiongbian National Trade School Performing Arts Troupe of Kiamba bagged the championship title of Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, the street dancing competition of the 31st Kadayawan Festival in Davao City Saturday (August 20).
The Sarangani contingent was also awarded as Best in Musicality. The group received P500,000 as cash prize and a spot in Aliwan Fiesta next year in Manila. Aliwan is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines.
“For three times, we refused to participate in such a competition because of financial constraints,” said school principal German Piamonte. “Now, it brings so much pride and happiness that we went home victorious.”
Piamonte thanked the provincial and municipal local government units for their financial support.
Board Member George Falgui expressed his delight to the feat of the students who are his constituents in Kiamba.
“The provincial government officials gave all-out support to these talented children,” said Falgui.
For his part, Governor Steve Chiongban Solon assured the group of financial help. “Rest assured that I will help in searching funds to be used in their participation to Aliwan Fiesta. I and the officials will talk about helping them in their expenses for Aliwan Fiesta,” the governor said.
Their win in Kadayawan automatically secures them a spot to Aliwan Fiesta. Dubbed as “King of all Festivals”, it gathers different cultural festivals of the country where contingents compete in dance parade and float competitions.
The story concept of their dances is likened to the color composition of rainbow, diverse but beautifully combined.
“We incorporated the union of the colors of a rainbow in showcasing unity amidst diversity of Maguindanaons and Blaans,” explained head trainer Joselito Zafe.
Erika Layagin, a Grade 10 student-participant, told Sarangani Information Office that showing happy faces helped them win.
“We showed to everybody our genuine smiles which reflected our excitement and passion to what we were doing,” Layagin said.
Some parents showed support by being with the children during their three-day stay in Davao. They did the cooking of meals.
“The accomplishment of our children is also ours. We are happy as much as they are,” exclaimed Estrella Takayama, parent.
The group had been a three-time champion of the Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City.
With the convergence of efforts, Sulong Karunungan, an education sub-program of Sulong Sarangani, continues to aim for excellence in education.
“We are very proud that Sarangani, thru JLC National Trade School, has been making names in the field of performing arts. We thank all the students, parents and teachers for their hard work, especially the Parents and Teachers Association for being so supportive in terms of academic and extra-curricular activities of their children,” said Sulong Karunungan project manager Marife Gomez.
Gomez said Sarangan students have also excelled in other fields. “Sarangani has placed number 1 in the National Achievement Test for two consecutive years in Region XII. We ranked third in sports during the Asia- Pacific Intermediate League Competition, and now, we excel in performing arts,” Gomez added. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DAVAO CITY (August 22, 2016) - The contingent of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School (formerly Kling National High School) of Kiamba, Sarangani performs during the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. By winning as Kadayawan grand champion, the Sarangani street dancers will compete in the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila in April 2017. Aliwan is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines. (Contributed photo for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)