CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) –Colors, creative dances, products and by-products of coconut highlighted the opening of the 7th Kuyamis Festival 2020 of Misamis Oriental which started on January 6 at Capitol Grounds, this city.
The celebration also highlights the founding anniversary of the province.
The program opened through a heartfelt message from the Department of Tourism Region 10 Director Marie Elaine Unchuan who said that “the Duterte administration believes that tourism is an important driver of the economy.”
“Tourism is a priority sector expected to reduce poverty and inequality and it’s the sector that defines us as a nation proud and protected with our natural attraction, heritage and culture,” she said.
Misamis Oriental successfully hosted big and international tourism events starting with the 2018 ATOM convention described by the attendees as the best ATOM convention ever.
Unchuan further said the province has successfully hosted the ASEAN marketing meeting being the first in the history of the country.
“With the hard work of Governor Bambi Emano, the province has been awarded as the Best Tourism Oriented Local Government Unit, a testament to the growth of tourism recognized throughout the country,” Unchuan added.
Kuyamis Festival is an occasion associated with the founding of the province of Misamis Oriental since it became a separate and independent local government unit on January 1, 1930 by virtue of Republic Act 3537.
Provincial Governor, Yevgeny Vicente “Bambi” Emano emphasized in his speech his utmost gratitude to the people of Misamis Oriental.
“The success of Kuyamis Festival is not my success but the success of the people of Misamis Oriental. We aim for sustainable and all-inclusive tourism with Kuyamis Festival,” Gov. Bambi said.
The opening of the Kuyamis Festival was highlighted by a booth exhibit showcasing the products and by-products of coconut. Items, handicrafts, articles, stuff and Filipino delicacies that use coconut and its parts are sold by the different booths of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental.
The festival is a week-long celebration which starts on January 6 and will end on January 10, 2020. (Ma. Theresa A. Dacoroon/PIA-10 OJT)