TNALAK FESTIVAL – July 18 2016 declared a holiday in South Cotabato

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July 18 2016 is a special non-working holiday in South Cotabato due to the annual Tnalak Festival

The province of South Cotabato in Mindanao will be celebrating its 50th foundation anniversary this July 18.

The day is a special non-working holiday as mandated by Republic Act 9654, which was signed into law by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in 2009. The holiday effectively gives the people of South Cotabato a three-day weekend because it falls on Monday.

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July 18 2016 is a special non-working holiday in South Cotabato due to the annual Tnalak Festival

Just like in previous years, the highlight of South Cotabato’s foundation anniversary is the week-long Tnalak Festival. Below are some of the activities lined up for this year’s festival:

LGBT Handog Pampa-beauty – July 8, 2016
4th Musical Pop Solo Voice Competition – July 12, 2016
Amazing Queen – July 13, 2016
ADUSAY (Awit, Dulaw, Sayaw) competition – July 14, 2016
Mindanao-wide All-Star Cheerdance Competition – July 14. 2016
The Governor’s T’Nalak Charity Ball – July 17, 2016
T’Nalak Marathon – July 17, 2016
Fun Run (Run for AIDS) – July 17, 2916
T’Nalak Festival Tri-people Grand Parade – July 18, 2016

Interested parties are invited to check out http://www.southcotabato.gov.ph/tnalakfestivalevents/ to know more about this year’s festivities.

Note:  Although General Santos City is geographically part of South Cotabato, it is not included in the coming holiday because of its status as a first-class highly urbanized city.

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