MARIKINA CITY – Marikina City continues its month-long celebration this year with a colorful parade and cultural show featuring cultures and traditions of the various regions in the Philippines.
Students from different schools will be wearing costumes and presenting dance numbers highlighting a particular tradition and culture of each of the 17 regions in the country, a tribute to the Filipinos from the different parts of the country who settled in Marikina and have since adopted the city as their home.
The Rehiyon, Rehiyon Festival will have the theme “Sa Pag-ibig, Pinag-isa” since it was love that enabled the Marikeños to work together as one in ensuring the progress and development of Marikina.
Rehiyon, Rehiyon will be celebrated with a parade traversing various streets of Marikina. The parade will culminate in a series of cultural presentations at the Marikina Sports Center.
The local government decided to let students participate in the event as a way of familiarizing them with the diverse history and culture of Marikina and the other regions in the Philippines, as ordered by Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, according to Winnie Mariano, Marikina City’s events manager.
“The main event of this year’s festival is the cultural presentation and parade. The students will showcase the culture and tradition of each region through dances and costumes. They will also showcase iyong food, festivals, crafts of the region that they represent,” Mariano added.
In line with the celebration, Marikina’s Rescue 161 announced that certain roads will be closed on Sunday.
Motorists are advised to take alternative roads as a portion of Bonifacio Avenue – from Barangka to Marikina Bridge – will be closed for vehicles entering Marikina City (Eastbound) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
But other parts of Bonifacio Ave. from Tulay Bayan to Barangka flyover will be open for traffic.