San Bernardino feast is a time for thanksgiving - town mayor

Ian Ocampo Flora

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago emphasized the other day that the city's Pyestang Fernandino is a time to give thanks for blessings received and to be thankful for the rewards and economic developments of the city.

“Ito din ay panahon ng pasasamalat para sa ating muling pagbangon matapos ang mga kalamidad at trahedya. Tayo ngayon ay magdiwang bilang isang komunidad,” Santiago said.

Santiago made this statement as he led the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year’s “Pyestang Fernandino” celebration.

Anchored on the theme “King pamagmasusi ning Kapiyestan, Kulturang Fernandino ing tangalan,” the city mayor said the annual feast seeks to unite every Fernandino and showcase the city’s rich culture, tradition and beliefs.

This year, the city will hold El Circulo Fernandino on May 13 and Fernandino Farmers’ Week on May 15-20.

On the 20th, Fernandinos may enjoy triple activities including the National Heritage Month celebration, Flores De Mayo and Mr. Body Builder.

A trade fair and Pyestang Fernandino sale will also be held beginning May 21 until the 30th.

“Kinausap po namin yung mga business establishments na makiisa sa malawakang sale at meron po tayong ordinansa dito,” Pyestang Fernandino Chairperson Boy Santiago said during a press conference.

Pageant enthusiasts may cheer for their favorite candidate during the coronation of Miss Gay Fernandina on May 25, Little Miss Fernandina on May 26, and Lakan at Mutya ning San Fernando on May 27.

Meanwhile, sports and recreational activities for this year include Farm Link expo on May 26-28, CSFP Frisbee Open on May 28, Inter Barangay Basketball and Volleyball Championship on May 29 and Variety Show and Music Festival on May 30.

The city will also commemorate National Flag Day on May 28 and Independence Day on June 12 which serves as the culminating activity of Pyestang Fernandino.