DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite— This city is slated to observe its annual butterfly-inspired “Paru-Paro” festival on Nov. 26 with city folks and participants donning colorful butterfly costumes and revelry motifs.
Mayor Elpidio F. Barzaga Jr. is expected to lead city officials, students and multi-sectoral groups in the annual celebration of the city’s official festival, created by the virtue of City Council Resolution No. 069-s-2011 and Special Ordinance 02-s-2011 initiated by his predecessor, City Mayor Jennifer Austria Barzaga.
In an interview, City Administrator Aisa Sango said the festival reflects the city’s transformation from a former small village of Imus City and its separation as a full-fledged progressive city and Cavite’s “university center” and one of the province’s vital hubs dotted with various services, commerce, trade and industries.
Sango added that Sunday’s main highlight is the 3 p.m. grand parade participated in by city officials, sectors and the 36 groups of elementary and secondary school division contingents.
The city parade route covers Gov. Mangubat Road, General Aguinaldo Highway and traverses Daños Street to P. Posadas and converge at the city hall.
Prizes at stake for the participating parade contingents of 40 to 50 each group are: PHP75,000 cash for the champion; PHP50,000 — 2nd place; and PHP 25,000 — 3rd place while a consolation prize of PHP 10,000 each for non-winners. The “Best in Costume” will receive PHP 10,000 cash prize.
Sango added that this year’s celebration will not feature the usual parade of floats due to various road rehabilitation works which may stall heavy traffic.
The city administrator also said that the city’s Pagamutan is now in full operation and the city mayor wishes to prioritize fund allocation for various public health/service programs, which is also a reason to celebrate.
She also disclosed the city’s plan to open its own public university soon.