MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, March 20 (PIA)—Malacañang declared March 22, Wednesday, a special non-working day in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to commemorate its 19th cityhood anniversary.

The declaration was made via Proclamation No. 168 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea—by authority of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte—last February 27.

The Palace declares that it is fitting and proper for the people of Malaybalay City to be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the said occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

To mark the importance of the occasion with the theme ‘Innovations for Development Rooted on Excellence, Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri said “this years’ city charter day celebration makes us matchless as we also celebrate the Kaamulan Festival.”

Malaybalay City, the capital city of Bukidnon, is dubbed as the “South Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its climate which is relatively cooler the whole year round.

It is also where the Kaamulan Festival is held annually—from February to March.

History showed that it was formerly part of the province of Misamis Oriental as a municipal district in the late 19th century. When the special province of Agusan (now Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur) and its sub-province (Bukidnon) were created in 1907, Malaybalay was designated as the capital of Bukidnon. It was then formally established as a municipality on October 19, 1907 and was created into a city in 1998 by virtue of Republic Act 8490.

Malaybalay City is bounded in the east by the municipality of Cabanglasan and the Pantaron Range, which separates Bukidnon from the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte; on the west by the municipality of Lantapan and Mount Kitanglad; on the north by the municipality of Impasugong; and on the south by Valencia City and the municipality of San Fernando. (RLRB/PIA 10, Bukidnon)