On august 4, 2010, the
opening ceremony will be held with a grand parade, opening of the
provincial agro-trade fair, dental and medical mission, Bingo Bonanza,
supplemental feeding, press conference and a live band show in the
On August 5, for
sports buffs, basketball games are currently being held at the Capitol
grounds while those who are saving coins for haircuts will be treated
to free haircuts.
Other freebies like
free medical consultations, free cotton candy and ice cream for kids
while watching a kiddie dance contest at the Imelda Park is a welcome
treat for park promenaders.
After the dance
contest, a new show called Samar Got Talent will also be offered free
to Samar patrons of music.
Another set of free
products is up for grabs on August 6 like reading glasses, dental
mission, and rice and grocery items for the event called ‘Adlaw han
‘Adlaw han Barangay’
will travel to selected places to serve the barangay folks courtesy of
the provincial government. The first of which will be in Pinabadcao
town some 50 kilometers south of Samar’s capital city of Catbalogan,
one in Paranas and another in Calbayog City.
For the intellectuals,
a ‘Battle of the Brains’ will be staged for high schoolers to compete
in the afternoon of August 6.
As the’ IQ war’ is
waged, free ice cream, cakes and cotton candy is expected to delight
the audience or they may choose to queue for ‘hot arroz caldo’ to be
distributed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO).
On August 7, 2010, a
Saturday, freebie patrons and donors will troop to the hospitals,
prison houses to distribute love offerings.
For those lucky enough
to stay out of the hospital and prisons, they can join the Bingo
Bonanza promising appliances as rewards or prizes.
On August 8, 2010, a
repeat of the same free wheeling distribution of eyeglasses, cakes,
arroz caldo while the youngsters will try their stamina in ‘Laro ng
Lahi’ featuring native games and sports played before the era of the
internet. Palo sebo, Pupkpuk palayok, Sack race and Maria Went to Town
were some of the golden games expected to be played.
August 9, 2010,
in addition to the freebies, gays and macho men will be doing boxing
though not necessarily against each other but separately.
For beauty search
aficionados, Mutya han Samar will be staged at the Samar Gymnasium
featuring pretty lasses from the different towns in Samar province.
The following day
Tuesday, additional features include Bangca Race, minor cyst
operations, and Palakasan Marathon.
On the eve of Samar
Day, August 11, 2010, a thanksgiving mass in the morning will be celebrated
at the Capitol with a short program where the new and young governor
is expected to address her numerous constituents, this will be capped
by her favourite hobby of distributing free rice to the Samarnons.
At one in the
afternoon a grand parade of festivals from the different Samar towns
with a contest on drum and bugle is expected to draw a large crowd as
the final activity.
This year’s Samar Day
celebration is anchored on the theme “Strengthening the identity of
the Samarnon through unity and reforms”.
This is the objective
of the new administration claiming not being able to deliver basic
services as the new set of board members has reportedly refused to
pass the new budget.
But the Governor
claims during the recent flag ceremony that should the board still
refuse to cooperate, she will push all legal means for the approval of
the budget. (PIA-Samar)