TAGBILARAN CITY, March 17 (PIA) -- The city-based festivity dubbed as “Saulog, Tagbilaran” officially opened on March 16 in commemoration of the 452nd anniversary of the blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

 A Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral officiated by Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran signaled the opening of Saulog Tagbilaran festivities this year.

Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap and City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso both led the department heads, elected officials and employees in the celebration of the Holy Mass.

Faith, admiration for culture, and love for celebrations are the three qualities which the Boholanos are known for and which have also become the antecedent for Saulog Tagbilaran's birth.

Resounding these words was the City Mayor who led the official opening of Saulog Tagbilaran's festivities this year.

Bohol Gov. Chatto congratulated Mayor Yap for his dynamism enabling Tagbilaran City to leverage on its tourism potentials.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 7 Director Atty. Rene Burdeos, in his keynote message, challenged the other local government units to follow suit -- to put premium in promoting culture and heritage.

Coinciding with the festivities of the official opening of Saulog Tagbilaran was the official turn over of the rehabilitated Tagbilaran City Hall Building from the DILG represented by Burdeos to the Provincial Government represented by Gov. Chatto, then to the City Government of Tagbilaran, represented by Mayor Yap.

The P78 million City Hall Building already opened its doors and all offices are now ready and fully operational for public service.

The occasion also witnessed the official candidates of Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2017 and Saulog Tagbilaran's Audio-Visual Presentation. (rmn/ecb/PIA7-Bohol)