Aquino declares January 10 as special non-working day in Koronadal City, South Cotabato in celebration of its Foundation Day
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared January 10, 2013, which falls on a Thursday, as a special (non-working) day in the city of Koronadal in the province of South Cotabato in celebration of its 73rd Foundation Day and the 13th Hinugyaw Festival.
The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 525 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on December 13 to give the people of the city of Koronadal the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
Koronadal City, popularly known to locals as Marbel, is the capital of the province of South Cotabato.
Koronadal was once populated by the B’laan and Maguindanao tribes. Before World War II, people from Luzon and the Visayas settled in the place under the auspices of the National Land Settlement Administration 1939.
The Municipal Council Resolution No. 32, Series of 1948 mandated and proclaimed January 10 of each year as the Municipal Town Fiesta commemorating the foundation of Marbel Settlement District of the National Land Settlement.
In 2000, Koronadal became a component city of South Cotabato by virtue of Republic Act No. 8803 otherwise known as "An act converting the municipality of Koronadal, South Cotabato province, into a component city to be known as the City of Koronadal."
Hinugyaw Festival is celebrated every year in Koronadal City to pay homage to the first settlers who came to the city before the Japanese invasion in 1941. PND (js)