December 8 2014 declared a holiday in Batangas
“Ala Eh!” Festival 2014
The province of Batangas will be marking its annual foundation day anniversary this coming December 8, Monday.
The day has been declared as a special non-working holiday in the said Southern Luzon province through Proclamation 913. This was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa last November 13. Read the full text of Proclamation 913 here.
As mentioned in a previous post, the Spaniards under the command of generals Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo first reached Batangas in 1570. According to one account, the colonizers crossed the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila. On their journey, they discovered a Malay settlement at the mouth of Pansipit River.
The week-long celebration (December 1 to 8) is referred to as “Ala Eh Festival.” Of course, “Ala eh!” is perhaps the most common expression associated to Batangueños wherever they are.
This year, the festivities will be hosted by the municipality of Taal. A number of activities are scheduled for this occasion:
1) Ala Eh! Festival Photo Contest and Photo Exhibit 2014
2) Mutya ng Batangas 2014
3) Ala Eh! Trade Fair
4) Float Parade
5) Ala Eh! Street dance